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Presentation of the Lord - Feast

Announcements from our bulletin of February 2, 2020

Thank You

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!

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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 (305) 762-1112.

""..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?

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020. During all the weekend Masses.

Blessing of the Candles (Please bring you own candle)

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."

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.

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 in life.

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.

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 ahead.

Catholic Church Requirements - To be a godparent, a person must be:

  1. A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
  2. Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 the Baptism.
Evening & Weekend Schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays Sobriedad 2000 AA in Spanish 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday Al Anon in Spanish 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday Spanish Charismatic Group in Spanish 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday Gambler's Anon in English 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday St. Vincent de Paul Society Bi-lingual 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Every 3rd Saturday of the month St. Joseph Prayer Group in Spanish 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM