Weekly Bulletin Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Third Sunday after the Epiphany of the Lord

 

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This Weeks Masses


Sunday, January 27th, 2019 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY عيد الدنح  الأحَد الثالث بعد

  • 10:00 AM – Mass for the Intention of John Eid (11 Year Memorial Mass (Family)

Monday, January 28th , 2019  Saint Ephrem (+373) / مار أفرام السرياني

  • 4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers
  • 5:00 PM – Mass for Boutros Obeid & Deceased Family Members (Youssef Obeid)

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

  • 4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers
  • 5:00 AM – Mass for Sarkis Nehmatallah (Mrs. Harba Youssef)

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

  • 4:00 PM –Prayers of Our Lady’s Confraternity
  • 5:00 PM – Boula Sleiman (Khalil Peters)

Thursday, January 31st ,2019

  • 4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers
  • 5:00 PM – Mass for Youssef Aziz and Wife Badiha & Parents & Deceased children. (Mahbouba Aziz & Family)
    Saint Maron’s Novena/ نورام رام ةيعاست

Friday, February 1st, 2019

  •  4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers
  • 5:00 PM – Mass for Sarkis Youssef Jabbour (Family) Saint Maron’s Novena/ تساعية مار

Saturday, February 2nd , 2019 Presentation of the Christ in the Temple عيد دخول المسيح الى الهيكل

  • 10:00 AM – Arabic School
  • 5:00 PM – Mass for Joseph Raffoul (Sarkis & Martha Jraije) Saint Maron’s Novena/ تساعية مار مارون

Sunday, February 3rd , 2019 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany الأحد الرابع بعد الدنح

  • 10:00 AM – Mass for the Intention of Danny Abdul Massih (8 Year Memorial Mass (Family) رتبة تبريك الشموع – Prayer blessing candles

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Announcements and Parish News


Notice

2018 Income Tax receipts are in the mail.
If you have not received by end of the week, please contact church office.

Notice

St. Maroun’s Novena will start Thursday, January 31st, 2019.

WANTED PART TIME SECRETARY POSITION

We are looking for a Secretary at the Church for a temporary part time position. Office Hours:Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM

If you are interested, please submit your resume at the Church Office.

Banns

2nd Banns between Andrew Nesbitt Barry and Natia Massad. Wedding date: February 9th, 2019.

Reminder

Please remember to call Church Office to register your Child for First Holy Communion. The First Communion is scheduled for May 12th, 2019.

Important Announcement

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Message


Blessing Candles on the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)
February 2nd, the final day of the 40-day-long Christmastide season, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or, more popularly, Candlemas.

BIBLICAL BASIS

This feast is based on the Scripture passage in Luke 2:22-40 where the Holy Family journeys to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of Jesus to present him to God and offer sacrifice in the temple.

At this time Mary completes the ritual purification required of women after childbirth, and Joseph offers the sacrifice for the redemption of the firstborn male, as written in the Mosaic Law.

During their time in the temple Simeon gave his famous prophecy about the Christ Child being a light to the Gentile nations and a sign for the Jews, and that a sword would pierce Mary’s soul:
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.

It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’

THE SYMBOLISM OF CANDLES

Connected to Simeon’s prophecy, on this day the Church has a special ritual involving a procession and the blessing of candles, the candles being a symbol of Christ whose birth illumined the world’s darkness.

Since ancient times the Doctors of the Church have given special meaning to the candles used in Candlemas as a symbol of the Incarnate Christ:
the beeswax is a symbol of His pure body, the wick His soul, and the flame His divinity.