I. Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service is the theme for national Catholic Schools Week 2016 as our Owensboro Catholic schools celebrate with Catholic schools all over the United States, January 31–February 6. Please note all the events planned celebrating our local Catholic schools at http://owensboroatholic.org.
II. Prayer List Update: Praying for those who are sick, facing surgery, or recovering from serious illness is one of the most important things our faith community can do. Please help us to purge names of those who are no longer sick, so that we can emphasize those who are. As our current prayer list grows longer and longer, I have asked that names be rotated off our prayer list every two months. It is true that everyone of us can use and is in need of prayer, yet this Prayer List focuses on those currently sick. When you are sick, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your help and understanding!
III. Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Candles! Rooted in every day life, Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple to consecrate him to the Lord. They met two faithful seniors, the righteous Simeon and the prophet Anna, who were allowed to cast their eyes upon the Savior and to hold Him in their arms. After presenting Jesus in the temple, Mary and Joseph returned home with their Son, created a home and family life there. It was in Nazareth that Jesus grew up, becoming strong, growing in wisdom and age and grace. Simeon recognized Jesus as “a Light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory for your people Israel” (Luke 2:32). This has sparked the tradition of blessing candles on this sacred day, February 2.
IV. First Reconciliation and Super Bowl! About the only thing these two events have in common is that they are both on Sunday, February 7. Our First Reconciliation service for our families will be at 2:00pm, that is, it will over long before the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers take the field for one of the most-watched events ever! I dare say that what we are doing at 2:00pm, celebrating God’s super mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation trumps any Super Bowl!
V. Unmasked, Needled by Prayer? “Prayer is not just spending time with God. It is partly that; but if it ends there, it is fruitless. No; prayer is dynamic. Authentic prayer changes us, unmasks us, strips us, indicates where growth is needed. Authentic prayer never leads us to complacency, but needles us, makes us uneasy at times. It leads us to true self-knowledge, to true humility” (Saint Teresa of Avila).
In Joy and Hope,