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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A Vibrant Catholic Community Since 1912


February 4, 2017

Saint of the Day

Saint Peter Regalado’s Story

March 30

Peter lived at a very busy time in history. The Great Western Schism (1378-1417) was settled at the Council of Constance (1414-1418). France and England were fighting the Hundred Years’ War, and in 1453, the Byzantine Empire was completely wiped out by the loss of Constantinople to the Turks. At Peter’s death, the age of printing had just begun in Germany, and Columbus’s arrival in the New World was less than 40 years away.

Peter came from a wealthy and pious family in Valladolid, Spain. At the age of 13, he was allowed to enter the Conventual Franciscans. Shortly after his ordination, he was made superior of the friary in Aguilar. He became part of a group of friars who wanted to lead a life of greater poverty and penance. In 1442, he was appointed head of all the Spanish Franciscans in his reform group.

Peter led the friars by his example. A special love of the poor and the sick characterized Peter. Miraculous stories are told about his charity to the poor. For example, the bread never seemed to run out as long as Peter had hungry people to feed. Throughout most of his life, Peter went hungry; he lived only on bread and water.

Immediately after his death on March 31, 1456, his grave became a place of pilgrimage. Peter was canonized in 1746.


Reflection

Peter was an effective leader of the friars because he did not become ensnared in anger over the sins of others. Peter helped sinning friars rearrange the priorities in their lives and dedicate themselves to living the gospel of Jesus Christ as they had vowed. This patient correction is an act of charity available to all Franciscans, not just to superiors.


February 3, 2017

Stewardship March 18-19th, 2017

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Budgets $ 3,552.75 from 209 envelopes

Includes mail in of $ 267.00

Donations for the Poor: $ 248.00

Holy Family Home Volunteers Needed

Please call 304-7744 if you are interested in learning more information. If you can commit two to three hours of your time periodically and especially on weekends your service will be greatly appreciated.

January 29, 2017

The Way of the Cross During Lent

You are invited to participate in the Stations of the Cross on Monday evenings at 7 PM at the Church of the Presentation. The service will be conducted by Deacon Vani.

Catholic Charity Appeal Update

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Goal: $ 29,056.00

$ 13,295.00 from 40 donors (46% of goal)

St. Anthony Church

Goal: $ 78,748.00

$ 33,975.00 from 172 donors (43% of goal)

St. Edward Church

Goal: $ 19,950.00

$ 2,492.50 from 22 donors (12% of goal)

Through your support of the Catholic Charity Appeal, 791 youth attended 21 retreats from over 51 parishes. Thank you for your generosity.

January 26, 2017

Day Care Opportunity

Several of the mothers at Holy Family Home are unable to find daycare for young children. This lack of available daycare is preventing them from being able to find employment. While daycare is available for children three years of age and up, there is inadequate daycare for children under three. In order to address this need, Holy Family Home has been in contact with several area daycare providers as well as other children’s service agencies. We have determined that the best way to rectify this issue is to reach out to the community to determine if there is anyone who would be interested in starting a daycare business at their home. Ideally, we would like to find someone who resides near Branch Avenue / Douglas Avenue who would be interested in attending classes that we would provide at no cost, in order to receive certification from the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Once certified, you would receive compensation for each child through various agencies. If you are interested, please call 304-7744 during regular business hours for more information.

Mass Times

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saturday at 4pm
Sunday at 10am

St. Anthony Church

Saturday at 5:15pm
Sunday at 8am & 11:30am

St. Edward Church

Saturday at 6pm (Spanish)
Sunday at 9am & 11:30am (Spanish)