Mass Theme

February 2nd, 2020 ✙ Presentation of the Lord

Readings for February 2nd, 2020

        TODAY THE CHURCH CELEBRATES the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. It is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today's liturgy.
         The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as "The Encounter." In the sixth century, it began to be observed in the West: in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul (France) with solemn blessings and processions of candles, popularly known as "Candlemas." .
        The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter.

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MONDAY, February 3rd ✟ John Lamanna, by Olga Rossetto
TUESDAY, February 4th:✟ John Lamanna,by Jan Weldon
WEDNESDAY, February 5th :Intentions/Healing of Louie Cottini,
by Mary K. Bates
FRIDAY, February 7th:✟ Carl & Louise Kammerer, by Carolyn
Connolly

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A Prayer for our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano,Army Brian Tucker
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army

Nick Kennedy, USN

Commander Michael Quigley,US Navy James Chapman
Kristin Chapman, USAF Seamus Weston
Sarah Manley, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Andy Harrison, USAF Robert A. Wharton
Nickolaus Swanson Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr.
SSG Trevor Oxman Roy Walters

Amen.

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Reflections

The Nature of Humility

        True humility is a virtue, which means that it should be so much a part of you that it becomes almost automatic. But humility is often misunderstood. It doesn't mean that you think little of yourself or that you belittle yourself. A humble person is one who is not too proud to ask for help.
         Sometimes you need to accept help, just to give the other person a chance to share your life and to let them feel useful. Never refuse an offer of help. Find something for the person to do. It's good for them and for you.  

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Candlemas

        The date of Candlemas is always February 2nd because it is exactly 40 days after Christmas on December 25th.
         The Mosaic law stated that 40 days was the period of purification after the birth of a child, and so the presentation took place 40 days after Jesus was born. Incidentally, February 2nd is also halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, so the date has always had significance for ancient people. Candlemas became linked to weather predictions about the end of winter because of an old English poem:
         If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come winter, have another flight. If Candlemas bring clouds and rain, Go winter, and come not again.

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Why Do Catholics Do That?

Things To Do and Not Do in Mass (continuation)

8). When you enter and leave Church, genuflect toward the Tabernacle. Christ is present for our sake. When we genuflect, we acknowledge He is our Lord and God. If someone is physically unable to genuflect, then a bow is sufficient. During Mass, if you pass in front of the altar or tabernacle, bow reverently.
9). Prepare your offering before Mass. Christ tells us not to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing when you make your offering. Keeping the basket while you get your wallet out can sometimes become quite a scene.
10). No Bulletin reading during Mass. Imagine if you invited a guest to your house and before dinner (or during) they decided to read a magazine instead of talking to you.
11). Bow before receiving Holy Communion. If it is God, then show your respect with a bow of the head.
12). Do not receive from the chalice if you are sick. This is an act of charity and it is not necessary to receive in order to receive the entirety of Jesus’ body, blood, soul and divinity.
13). Do not leave early. We should stay to the end of the recessional and the hymn that accompanies it, if there is one.
14), Leave quietly. We encourage you to visit with others, but once you are outside of the main sanctuary of the church, so you won’t disturb others who want to stay and pray. So, please leave quietly and then visit afterward.
(Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do and Not Do in Mass)

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