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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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December 14, 2017

Saint of the Day

Saint John of the Cross’ Story

December 14

John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” The folly of the cross came to full realization in time. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) is the story of John’s life. The Paschal Mystery—through death to life—strongly marks John as reformer, mystic-poet, and theologian-priest.

Ordained a Carmelite priest in 1567 at age 25, John met Teresa of Avila and like her, vowed himself to the primitive Rule of the Carmelites. As partner with Teresa and in his own right, John engaged in the work of reform, and came to experience the price of reform: increasing opposition, misunderstanding, persecution, imprisonment. He came to know the cross acutely—to experience the dying of Jesus—as he sat month after month in his dark, damp, narrow cell with only his God.

Yet, the paradox! In this dying of imprisonment John came to life, uttering poetry. In the darkness of the dungeon, John’s spirit came into the Light. There are many mystics, many poets; John is unique as mystic-poet, expressing in his prison-cross the ecstasy of mystical union with God in the Spiritual Canticle.

But as agony leads to ecstasy, so John had his Ascent to Mt. Carmel, as he named it in his prose masterpiece. As man-Christian-Carmelite, he experienced in himself this purifying ascent; as spiritual director, he sensed it in others; as psychologist-theologian, he described and analyzed it in his prose writings. His prose works are outstanding in underscoring the cost of discipleship, the path of union with God: rigorous discipline, abandonment, purification. Uniquely and strongly John underlines the gospel paradox: The cross leads to resurrection, agony to ecstasy, darkness to light, abandonment to possession, denial to self to union with God. If you want to save your life, you must lose it. John is truly “of the Cross.” He died at 49—a life short, but full.


Reflection

In his life and writings, John of the Cross has a crucial word for us today. We tend to be rich, soft, comfortable. We shrink even from words like self-denial, mortification, purification, asceticism, discipline. We run from the cross. John’s message—like the gospel—is loud and clear: Don’t—if you really want to live!


Saint John of the Cross is the Patron Saint of:

Mystics

Prayers Requested for Father Pat Martin

Father Pat Martin, the popular mission presenter, who has been coming to Saint Anthony Church for many years, has been recently diagnosed with a serious illness. While Father Pat has beat the odds over the years with health challenges your prayers are needed for this recent illness which is life threatening. Father Pat has brought healing to so many of his followers over the years through his preaching and the sacrament of penance. Let us pray that God will grant him healing too.

October 17, 2017

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Schedule

 CHURCH OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Sunday December 24th – 4:00PM – Family Vigil Mass with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Monday December 25th – 10:00AM

SAINT ANTHONY

Sunday December 24th – 5:30PM Vigil of Christmas

12:00AM Midnight Mass

Music Program begins at 11:30PM

Monday December 25th – 11:30AM

SAINT EDWARD

Sunday December 24th – 7:30PM – Vigil Mass with Children’s Play

Monday December 25th – 9:00AM – English

11:30AM – Spanish

The normal Mass schedule will be followed on Saturday evening, December 23rd, and on Sunday morning, December 24th, for all three parishes.

April 1, 2017

2018 Catholic Calendars

We would like to extend special thanks to Dan Pontarelli of Pontarelli Marino Funeral Home for generously donating the 2018 Catholic calendars to Saint Anthony and Saint Edward Churches; and to A. A. Mariani and Son Funeral Home for donating the calendars to the Church of the Presentation. These calendars can be found at the en-trances of all churches; all are welcome to take one.

February 3, 2017

Stewardship

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 2nd  & 3rd, 2017

Budgets $4,127.00 from 225 envelopes

Includes mail in of $535.00

Donations for the Poor: $257.00

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Annual Collection Update

Donations as of December 7, 2017:

$10,775.00

Contributions may be placed in the weekly collection basket in a separate envelope labeled “Annual Collection”. Or it may be mailed to the parish office. All donations received by December 31st will be included in the 2017 tax letter.

January 26, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

There are several opportunities available within our parishes for volunteering on a regular basis. If you would like to become involved or would like more information, please fill out the information below, place the coupon in the weekend collection basket, and a representative from the ministry will contact you. Name: ____________________________________

Parish: ____________________________________

Phone Number: _____________________________

Saint Anthony Mobile Lunch Program ___

Saint Anthony Kitchen Ministry ___

Saint Edward Food and Wellness Center ___

Holy Family Home for Women and Children ___

Mary’s Meals to the Poor ___

Other _____________________________________

Holy Name Society Toy Drive

The Holy Name Society will hold its annual toy drive from November 25 – December 17. Please donate a new unwrapped toy and make a needy child happy this Christmas. All toys can be placed in the decorated boxes at the entrances of St. Anthony Church and the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thank you for your support.