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Friday, January 31, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron……
Parent and Teacher conferences are held several times during a school year. They give the opportunity for parents to hear firsthand how their child is progressing and maybe also identify areas the child may need some attention.
This weekend, we break from our usual Biblical selections in order to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord. According to Jewish law, every first born male needs to be offered to the Lord and substituting for him a sacrifice is offered to God. This action was one of remembrance of the last plague while the Chosen People were still slaves in Egypt: The death of the first born. In a ritual way the child is spared and an animal is sacrificed instead.
While at the ceremony, Mary and Joseph encounter two holy elders of faith who, just like teachers at a parent/teacher conference speak marvelously about the child they hold. When holding the child Simeon declares Him to be: “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” (Luke 2:32). That’s the good news. However, to the parents, Simeon has a more private and serious message: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35). These messages are prophecies about Jesus that through His life He will fulfill.
In the not too distant past, this Feast of the Presentation was the official end of the Christmas season. On this day, in celebration of the Jesus being declared “a light for revelation to the Gentiles,” new candles were often purchased and blessed. Parishioners took the candles home and would use them for prayer and/or for those times of electric power outages. May Jesus, the light of revelation, assist us all to find our way to that eternal light in the Kingdom of His glory.
FR. RON AWAY ON MISSION until Thursday, February 13th. My travels will take me to the Diocese of Masaka Uganda, East Africa, where I will be present for the inauguration of a new, phase two addition; to a medical store and warehouse sponsored by ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa. As founder and board president of ROTA, I travel to the sites where with our mission partners we are enabled to complete certain projects that benefit many of our brothers and sisters. I’ll also be visiting a number of schools that have benefited from our local water project fundraising. My time, approximately two weeks, is part of my vacation allotment. Please pray for the safe travel of our four person team.
Our parish will be assisted in the interim by; Fr. John Leising, Rev. Paul R. Bossi, Rev James Dugan SJ, Rev. Thomas Doyle, Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Rev. Richard S. DiGiulio, and Rev. Moses Ikuelogbon, as well as Deacons Tom, Don and Carmelo. Thank you.