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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 

Carmelite Monastery                                                                                     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 www.tacklehunger.org

  • 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 –
Key Passage: “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 others.

 

SAVE THE DATE:
February 7 Dinner Mystery Theatre
February 15 2015 Catholic Services Appeal
Commitment Sunday
February 15 Mardi Gras Family Event
February 18   Ash Wednesday
March 1 1st Reconciliation Family Retreat
March 25 Lenten Penance Service
March 29 Palm Sunday
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
Graduates
April 11 “Purses & Bling” Ladies Night
November 7 Reverse Raffle

BEST OF ITALY AND SICILY PILGRIMAGE 
12 Days:  November 9 – 20, 2015 
$3689 Roundtrip (Air/land tour price is $3059 plus $630 government taxes
 and airline fuel surcharges) 
Hosted by 
Rev. Monty Sayers 

TOUR INCLUDES: 
Roundtrip Air fare from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels, 
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide and Comprehensive Sightseeing 
Visiting: 
Palermo * Agrigento * Siracusa * Taromina * Mount Etna
Amalfi Coast/Sorrento * Pompeii * and 3 nights in Rome with a Papal Audience 
 For a brochure and more information, contact 
Father Monty: 
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102 Email: montysayers@hotmail.com 

 

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