Monday we will have a special Mass at 10:00 to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. During this Mass we will also celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick by anointing those sick or advanced in years, or those in need of healing of mind, body or spirit.
Still looking for a ministry to get involved with? We are always looking for men or women who could be ushers at any of our Masses, and particularly now at the 5:00 Saturday evening Mass. If interested, please let one of the ushers know. Thank you. Always can use more Eucharistic Ministers as well.
Hope you are enjoying our February issue of I C Blessings. Thanks to Margaret Cavagnaro and her team for another great e-newsletter.
In today's Gospel, we are invited to participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives. How open are you to accept Jesus’ invitation to “get involved”?
With a new year there are often changes that come with things we have always done, like writing a check. Affective now, checks made out for any of the friars must be made out to the Capuchin Friars. Since we do not have personal bank accounts, we will not be able to cash them. This goes for weddings, funerals, baptisms, or that kind gift we get from time to time. This is also in line with our vow of poverty that we Capuchin profess. Thanks for your cooperation.
Next Sunday at the 11:30 Mass we will have the renewal of marriage vows for those couples celebrating special anniversaries.
Men of the parish, don’t forget about signing up for the February 9th Men’s Retreat.
In today's Gospel, we learn that the people of Nazareth are impressed by Jesus' words, and yet they seem surprised. They still think of Jesus as merely Joseph's son. They do not expect such words from someone they believe that they know. How open are you to accept what Jesus says?
Wow, our new year if off to a rough start with snow, freezing rain, wind, cold and even power outages for many of you. I am pleased to say that we have been able to go forward and not cancel any of our Sunday Masses, even though our “crowd” at one Mass was just two people. Unfortunately, even though the weather keeps people away, it does not let us forget our regular parish bills. I would encourage you, if you do not already do so, to think about direct deposit or on line giving. This helps us tremendously when weather is bad. It is simple and easy to do and just takes a few minutes. I am not one to ask for money, but if you are able to help balance our monthly budget with giving something for the times you missed, I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you!
Men of the parish, don’t forget about signing up for the February 9th Men’s Retreat. You will be glad you did.
Next weekend we celebrate the feast of St. Blaise. Each weekend Mass will end with the traditional blessing of throats for those who wish. “Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
This week we are celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In keeping with our Covenant with Grace Lutheran Church, we will meet there on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm for a joint prayer service. All are invited and bring a friend. We are having a special “Couples Dinner” with the proceeds to go toward Malachi’s Playground. It will be February 2nd. Check the bulletin for details.
While the family wishes to remain anonymous, we are grateful to the school family who donated and had installed the new fence around Immaculata School. It is beautiful. Thank you!!
This Sunday we begin the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. For many Sundays in this lectionary cycle (Cycle C), our readings will be taken from the Gospel of Luke. Occasionally, however, we will read from John's Gospel. This is true of today's Gospel reading, which describes the beginning of Jesus' ministry and his first miracle.
As we continue to celebrate this great feast of Christmas (it officially ends today, the feast of the Baptism of Jesus) I want to offer a special thank you to Juan Ramirez for the trees he donated, to Joe Lee and his Northside Greenhouse for the beautiful poinsettias, the musicians and choirs, the children who participated in the Children’s Mass, the decorating committee and who labored with love, time and talent to bring this season of joy and peace alive in so many hearts. Those along with all the liturgical ministers, Thank You!