Fr. Ed's January eNewsletter
Wow, January is upon us! Where did this year go? The ancient Romans had a deity they called
It had two heads, one looked forward, the other backward. it was their way of speaking about opportunity. This new year holds many options and opportunities for us. We can look back with regret or look forward with hope. We worship God of the
"kairos," the present moment of salvation.
Our God is the Lord of the present who walks with us on the journey of life. As we move forward into the new year, may our hearts be filled with hope and new life, awaiting in trust what God will put before us; expectantly anticipating in faith where God will lead us. Our Lord is the God who is ever with us - Emmanuel!
When we listen to the story of the Epiphany next week, let us remember who called, guided, and revealed Himself to the Magi: God. The story was God-driven from the first verse. Let us not forget God Himself calls us from the surface experience of daily living to seek something higher, something better. He is the one who turns us from those who expect experience into those who receive grace, pure gift, at every turn. In God, we find someone to give our hearts, our minds, and our lives to. We find the goal of our quest.
How has God called you this week? How has God graced you this week? How can you pass your call and your grace along to others?
Adapted with permission from
The Adoration of the Magi,
Francesco di Simone da Santacroce, 1500-1508
A Family Prayer for the New Year
God, thank you for a new year.
May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate.
We know that you are always ready to forgive us.
Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.
As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do.
Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past,
so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.
Warm up with us:
You are invited to these upcoming events at our parishes.
Sunday, January 8: Children's Christmas Pageant
at the Church of the Assumption 11:00 am Mass
Tuesday, January 10: Anti-Poverty Initiative Speaker
in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and the National Week of Prayer for Unity, 7:00 pm at Assumption. We will hear words, calling us to rise to our responsibility posed by poverty. Director Leonard Brock or Exec. Director Lashonda Leslie Smith will speak.
"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Come share laughter and fellowship as we grow in faith together.
Skit Guys Thursday
, January 19,
7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Church of Resurrection.
See Resurrection's Adult Faith page for details
January 14 and 28: Mountain Men
Are you ready to be a Mountain Man? Not sure what that means? Find out by gathering with men from both our parishes in the Assumption living room on Saturday morning, January 14 for prayer modeled in the fashion of the Franciscan Friars of Mount Irenaeus (
). Whether you are already active in parish ministries, or simply looking to be with other faithful men on the journey together, please join us with in Christ in "Making all things
new!" (Rev 21:5). (Doors open at 7:45, prayer begins at 8:00 am, and the program will last 45 minutes.)
Are you thirsting to learn more about the richness of our Catholic Faith?
Have you signed up for FORMED.org yet? (Our registration code is
One of the wonderful programs available to us through FORMED is called ECHO.
This weekly series of brief videos is designed to lead adults through the Catholic Catechism. (If you don't have the
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
it is available for free online.) The music and imagery for this program is beautiful, and there are downloadable prayer/discussion guides for each session. Delve in on your own, or with a small group. If you are interested in forming or joining a group, let us know in the comments! If you need help signing up, contact MauraWalsh@dor.org.
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We're seeking input for a newsletter Masthead. If you have suggestions for a name that would covey the spirit of both parishes, please share in the comments!
on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 10:41AM