|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY –
In 1997, Saint Pope John
Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This
celebration falls annually on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This
Feast, celebrated on February --known also as Candlemas Da--is the day on which
candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too,
those in consecrated life are called to reflect light of Jesus Christ to all
peoples. The celebration of World Day for
Consecrated Life is transferred to
the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for
the whole Church.
Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life.
The Year marks the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on
religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council's
Constitution on the Church. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican is to "make a
grateful remembrance of the recent past" while embracing "the future with hope."
Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life. May
they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's
gift of their vocation. Perhaps you would like to thank a sister who has
inspired you and acknowledge them during this special time. Here are the
addresses of the communities of women religious who serve the diocese.
Sisters of St. Joseph
Benedictine Sisters of Erie
of Northwestern PA
6101 East Lake Road
5031 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16511
Erie, PA 16506-1249
Sisters of Mercy
510 E. Gore Road,
444 East Grandview Boulevard,
Erie, PA 16509
Erie, PA 16504
SPECIAL RITES SET FOR FEBRUARY
THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF
THE LORD – Falling 40 days after Christmas, this feast is on Monday,
February 2, 2015. Recalling Simon's declaration that the Christ Child is "A
revealing light to the Gentiles, the glory of your people Israel", the Mass on
February 2nd begins with the blessing of lit candles carried by the faithful and
the candles that are used in the ceremonies of the liturgical year. Why not
bring the candles you use in your home--dining table tapers, jar candles,
birthday candles, votives and tea lights--to Mass to be blessed? Blessed Candles
for home use will be available for purchase. February 2 is also the World Day of
Consecrated Life-a worldwide day of prayer for religious women and men.
THE ORDER FOR BLESSING THROATS ON THE FEAST OF ST. BLASÉ - February 3
falls on Tuesday in 2015. The traditional blessing of throats in memory of Saint
Blase will take the place before the final blessing at all Masses on Sunday,
February 1. There will be individual blessing of throats with the
traditional crossed candles on Tuesday, February 3 at the 8:30 a.m. Mass.
SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK - Wednesday, February 11 at 8:30
a.m. The Holy Father has designated February 11--the feast of Our Lady of
Lourdes--as World Day of the Sick. It is, in the words of Saint John
Paul II, "a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one's suffering for
the good of the Church and of reminding us to see in our sick brothers and
sisters the face of Christ who, by suffering, dying and rising achieved the
salvation of human kind."
OPEN HOUSE AT CATHOLIC RURAL MINISTRY - In celebration of
World Day of Consecrated Life, Sister Tina Geiger, RSM and
Sister Marian Wehler, OSB
invite you to an Open House at
Catholic Rural Ministry, 7 Pulaski St., Oil City, PA on
Saturday afternoon, February 7, 2015 -- 2:00 until 4:30. A short prayer
service will be at 3:00 and refreshments will be served.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING – For thirteen years the young people
of our parish have greeted you on Super Bowl Sunday asking you to contribute
just $1.00 to this NFL endorsed appeal. Be part of this
nationwide movement that is sharing God’s love with those in need. Every dollar
donated goes to our 2015 Souper Bowl of Caring charities: Community
Action of Clarion County and SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone).
For more information on Souper Bowl of Caring, go to
- THE LENTEN SPRING IS COMING . . .
Family Lenten Workshop - Sunday, February 15. The opening session will begin in the Meisinger Center at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:00. The Knights of Columbus will host a Mardi Gras Pizza and Piñata Party following the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
- Ash Wednesday – February 18 - Masses at 8:30 a.m., 4:00 and 5:30 p.m.
Little Black Books for Lent are available on the lobby bookrack. Six-minute reflections on the Sunday gospels for Lent are provided for every day from February 15 thru Easter Sunday. Pick one up today for a suggested donation of $1.00.
- First Penance Family Retreat – Our Second Grade students and their families will celebrate this sacrament for the first time on Sunday, March 1.
- Friday Evening Devotions - begin Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m.
FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION – Plan to attend the parish
Family Lenten Workshop on Sunday, February 15!
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK –
“They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having
authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22).
Adult What can you tell
others about Jesus with the most assurance?
Child What is
the most important thing you would like others to know about Jesus? How will you
show or tell them?
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? We don’t give because we have a
lot and can afford it; we give because of a desire to share what we have with
SAVE THE DATE:
February 7 Dinner Mystery Theatre
February 15 2015 Catholic Services Appeal
Mardi Gras Family Event
February 18 Ash Wednesday
March 1 1st
Reconciliation Family Retreat
March 25 Lenten Penance Service
April 2-5 Easter Triduum
April 5 Easter Sunday
April 19 1st Eucharist Retreat and Rehearsal
April 26 First Holy Communion
May 3 Blessing of Clarion University 2015
April 11 “Purses &
Bling” Ladies Night
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