Presentation of the Lord - Feast
Announcements from our bulletin of February 2, 2020
2020 Archbishop's Charity and Development Drive
Thank you to all who have already generously responded to the
call to be the eyes, hands and feet of Jesus through your gift to the
ABCD. As Scriptures remind us, Give and it shall be given to you.
Thank you for helping our Church to preserve the dignity of all
human life and to help the poor, homeless, needy, elderly and sick.
Your generosity transforms the hearts and minds of the children in
our schools and religious education programs and those serving in our life-changing ministries and
programs. The good work of our Church is not possible without you!
If you have yet to respond to this year's ABCD, we need you! Please prayerfully consider mirroring
the love of Christ by putting your faith into action and make a gift to this year's ABCD appeal.
Even a small gift can make a big difference. You can obtain a pledge envelope from the parish
office or you can make a gift online at www.adomdevelopment.org.
Thank you and God bless you!
Archdiocese of Miami Development Corporation Planned Giving
- Social Media
- Planned Giving
Every parish and all people within them
benefit from the ABCD, as well as those
who turn to the archdiocese for charitable
and spiritual assistance. Make a gift in
support today! www.isupportabcd.org.
What do bequests, life insurance gifts,
charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and life-time giving have in common? They're
ways you can pass on your Catholic Heritage, Faith, and
Love for your parish. Please contact the Office of Planned
Giving for more information
""..they took him up to Jerusalem to present him
to the..." (LUKE 2:22)
How seriously do you take being a Catholic? Is "being Catholic" something I just do when I attend
Sunday Mass or attend one of my parish
functions? It's easy to be Catholic then, it's harder to be Catholic when I am out in the world.
Would someone recognize you as a Catholic by
the way you act, dress, and talk? How do you present yourself to the Lord and to others everyday?
The Presentation of the Lord
Sunday, February 2nd, 2020. During all the weekend Masses.
Blessing of the Candles
(Please bring you own candle)
Feast of St Blaise
Monday, February 3rd
8:00 am Daily Mass - English
Blessing the Throats
"Through the intercession of Blessed Blaise,
Bishop and Martyr, may you be delivered from
all illnesses of the throat and any other
ailments. In the Name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
The Presentation of the Lord
Today's feast is both magnificent
and mysterious: magnificent
because the very first contemporaries of Jesus begin to recognize him
as Christ, the anointed Savior of the
world; mysterious, because this
King is still a child, an obscure boy
obedient to his earthly parents. The
prophet Malachi living and dying before the coming of
Christ points toward the arrival of the Messiah and
encourages God's people to prepare themselves by living generous, holy lives. The Letter to the Hebrews written after Jesus' ministry, death, and resurrection renews the prophetic call to holiness, reminding us that
the Lord will always help us: "Because he himself was
tested through what he suffered, he is able to help
those who are being tested." The Gospel reading overflows with examples of joyful men and women living
God's call to holiness. Mary, Joseph, Simeon, and Anna
show us, in their own ways, how to love Christ.
The List Goes On
Today's readings reflect on something close to the
heart of every human person: the fulfillment of our
deepest desires. Without exception, each of us feels
unfulfilled in some way. Despite advances in law, technology, and medicine, every person experiences the
frustration of "not yet" or "not enough." Our hearts always want more. God plants this desire in our hearts.
God knows how we ache. What most of us fail to believe, deep down, is that God alone satisfies all our
longing. We know, theoretically, that the Creator of the
universe provides everything we need, but we could all
use more quality time with God to consider the question, "What exactly do I need to be happy, Lord?" Perhaps we can spend more time in prayer and service,
asking the Lord to show us what is truly important
Always ready for Jesus
We often think, "Once I get this, or once that happens,
then I will be happy." But the Gospel shows a better
way. All four adults in today's Gospel long deeply for
the Messiah and "the consolation of Israel" he will
bring. Human temptation might obsess over the promise of future peace and prosperity, leaving only anxiety
and resentment for present suffering. But Mary, Joseph,
Simeon, and Anna leave the saving of the world to God;
for their part, they focus on Jesus. Each of them keeps
busy with daily details of the various lifestyles they
have chosen. Mary and Joseph concern themselves
with raising a family, while Simeon and Anna dedicate
their lives to prayer in the temple. They find peace
enough in fulfilling the obligations of their stations in
life, maintaining a lively prayer life to be attentive to
God's action in the world. In today's Gospel, their focus
is literally and spiritually on Jesus. They model for us
how to be happy and holy: performing their daily duties
peacefully, always ready to recognize Jesus as he reveals himself.
Today's Readings: Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10; Heb 2:14 -18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32]
Sunday, February 2nd from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Donors will receive special giveaways.
Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a
big difference in the lives of others.
Becoming a godparent/sponsor in the Catholic Church
Being chosen as a godparent for baptism is an honor,
for the godparent traditionally becomes a spiritual
companion to the one being baptized in a journey of faith.
Please decide if your faith life makes you ready to publicly
pledge that you have been leading a life in harmony with the
Catholic tradition. Godparents should be both role models
and resource persons, individuals who are at ease with the
practice of their faith and would normally be considered as "active Catholics." They should be people who are
comfortable with answering questions about their personal
relationship with God as experienced in the Catholic
Communion, even if they are unsure of all the technicalities.
Godparents should be people who are interested in and will
continue to spiritually support the "godchild" in the years
Catholic Church Requirements - To be a godparent, a person must be:
- A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is
practicing the Catholic faith.
- Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
- A member of the Catholic Church canonically free to
carry out this responsibility. If a person is married, the marriage must have been a Catholic marriage, not just a civil marriage. Catholics currently living in a
marriage not considered valid by the Catholic Church or cohabitating are excluded from being a Godparent.
- Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or
fiance of the one who is to be baptized.
* In order to be a Godparent/Sponsor St. Mary
Magdalen Church requires that the person be
registered member of our parish at least 6 months previous to the date of
St. Mary Magdalen Parish Hall
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