Feast of the Epiphany

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The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

“Dear friends, now that we have received instruction in this revelation of God’s grace, let us celebrate with spiritual joy the day of our first harvesting, of the first calling of the Gentiles. Let us give thanks to the merciful God, who has made us worthy, in the words of the Apostle, to share the position of the saints in light; who has rescued us from the power of darkness, and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. As Isaiah prophesied: the people of the Gentiles, who sat in darkness, have seen a great light, and for those who dwelt in the region of the shadow of death a light has dawned. He spoke of them to the Lord: The Gentiles, who do not know you, will invoke you, and the peoples, who knew you not, will take refuge in you.” — From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, pope

Marriage Enrichment

“Living Christ in Your Marriage” with Jim Schellman

Join Jim Schellman for a day of formation for married couples to deepen their marriage covenant in Jesus Christ. Inspired by the Catechumenal Model of adult formation, couples will have the opportunity to focus their hopes, dreams, worries and sufferings on Christ. The full day of workshop will be held at the Imaculata Center; Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:00am-4:30pm. The cost of the retreat is $75 which will include your lunch and all supplies. Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is January 20, 2017. Go to www.diolaf.org/marriage-enrichment or call 261-5653 to register.

Mary, Holy Mother of God

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The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

“The Apostle tells us: The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, and so had to be like his brothers in all things. He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence: she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving birth, and says: She wrapped him in swaddling clothes. Her breasts, which fed him, were called blessed. Sacrifice was offered because the child was her firstborn. Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of “what will be born in you” to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from outside; he spoke of “what will be born from you” so that we might know by faith that her child originated within her and from her.” — From a letter by Saint Athanasius, bishop

Feast of the Holy Family

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“Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate him.
“Here we can learn to realize who Christ really is. And here we can sense and take account of the conditions and circumstances that surrounded and affected his life on earth: the places, the tenor of the times, the culture, the language, religious customs, in brief everything which Jesus used to make himself known to the world. Here everything speaks to us, everything has meaning. Here we can learn the importance of spiritual discipline for all who wish to follow Christ and to live by the teachings of his Gospel.” — From an address by Pope Paul VI

Food for the Journey

fftj-logo-txDue to the early date of the first Tuesday of January 2017, the January session of “Food for the Journey” will not be held.  Our February session of “Food for the Journey” is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017.  Information on the February session will be forthcoming.  Thank you for your understanding!

Feast of the Nativity of the Lord

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The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

From a sermon by St. Pope Leo the Great:

Dearly beloved, today our Savior is born; let us rejoice. Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness.

No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came to free us all. Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm of victory at hand. Let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of forgiveness. Let the pagan take courage as he is summoned to life. Continue reading “Feast of the Nativity of the Lord”