This Sunday we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, also called Candlemans Day. Chris, the true light of the world, is presented in the temple. Candles used in the church and at home are blessed this day, as the tradition of keeping blessed candles in the home has long been practiced. When the priest would come with the Eucharist for someone who is ill the candles and the crucifix were stationed near, and then the priest would administer the Sacrament of the Sick and the person would receive the Eucharist. A beautiful practice. Many people Father and I take Communion to still practice this act of honor for the Blessed Sacrament. So today we bless these candles and for example the candle used to bless throats for the Feast of Saint Blase celebrated this Monday.
Right to Life invites you to the Kloska Family Life Defenders Boot Camp on Saturday, February 8th. The Boot Camp is from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Geddes Hall, Notre Dame. This Boot Camp provides a comprehensive pro-life apologetic training and is open to all from 8th grade through adulthood. To learn more and to register, please visit prolifemichiana.org/bootcamp.
The St. Matthew Meal Ministry is an initiative for our parish community to support each other by bringing dinner to those parishioners in a life transition, such as welcoming a new baby, recently losing a family member, or going through medical treatments or surgery.
Members of the Meal Ministry aspire to be the hands of Christ by delivering a homemade meal, a source of encouragement and comfort for those receiving them and a tangible reminder of the care the Church in challenging times.