ln the coming weeks (February 1st and 2nd) we will celebrate Candle Mass, also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

I hope you like the new format of the bulletin. Believe it or not, the staff puts in a lot of work to make the appearance current. Our bulletin company, LPI, has made certain improvements to its art work and its offering of bulletin covers. LPI now offers us about four choices of various portraits (half are of sacred paintings and the other half is usually nature shots) and we normally choose one which is religious, though the occasional nature shot changes things up a little. We have still kept our parish information on the cover, with the exception of the big holidays where we opt for the full page art work. The interior of the bulletin has been changed to make it easier to read. You may have notice we have deleted some black borders and used a shading background instead. A word of thanks to the bulletin editor, Maura Gregson, (who is also our administrative assistant) for the hard work and creative changes to the bulletin.

We have acquired a new  software program for the Powerpoint presentations which will be used during Mass. I hope to have the first steps completed before Lent and have the full system up and running by Holy Week. This is a great deal of work and will tax the staff a little, but once we get the hang of it, everyone will be pleased.  Thanks for your prayers and patience.

In the coming weeks (February 1st and 2nd) we will celebrate Candle Mass, also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  a Christian Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is based upon the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke 2:22–40.  In accordance with Leviticus 12: a woman was to be purified by presenting a lamb as a burnt offering, and either a young pigeon or dove as sin offering, 33 days after a boy’s circumcision. It falls on February 2, which is traditionally the 40th day of the ChristmasEpiphany season.  While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas. On Candlemas, many Christians  also bring their candles to church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year; for Christians, these blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to Himself as the Light of the World.

On Monday, February 3rd we celebrate the  Feast of St Blasé, which of course means we will have the Blessing of the Throats. We will bless throats the weekend before and on the Holy Day. I try to bless older folks throats before Mass, while letting the younger members of the assembly (those under 70) come up after Mass for the blessing. This is a special blessing, I hope you will receive it.

The February Spaghetti Dinner is coming soon, and we will have a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner  on Saturday, March 14th.

Next week is the last week to get the McDonald Funeral Home Calendar, so please take one after Mass today. Also, I noticed there are several months open to sponsor the Bread, Wine and Candles. Please consider  sponsoring  a month for a loved one.