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


February 4, 2017

Saint of the Day

Saint Catherine of Genoa’s Story

March 26

Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life.

When Catherine was born, many Italian nobles were supporting Renaissance artists and writers. The needs of the poor and the sick were often overshadowed by a hunger for luxury and self-indulgence. Catherine’s parents were members of the nobility in Genoa. At 13, she attempted to become a nun but failed because of her age. At 16, she married Julian, a nobleman who turned out to be selfish and unfaithful. For a while she tried to numb her disappointment by a life of selfish pleasure.

One day in confession she had a new sense of her own sins and how much God loved her. She reformed her life and gave good example to Julian, who soon turned from his self-centered life of distraction. Julian’s spending, however, had ruined them financially. He and Catherine decided to live in the Pammatone, a large hospital in Genoa, and to dedicate themselves to works of charity there. After Julian’s death in 1497, Catherine took over management of the hospital.

She wrote about purgatory which, she said, begins on earth for souls open to God. Life with God in heaven is a continuation and perfection of the life with God begun on earth.

Exhausted by her life of self-sacrifice, Catherine died September 15, 1510, and was canonized in 1737.

Reflection

Regular confession and frequent Communion can help us see the direction–or drift–of our life with God. People who have a realistic sense of their own sinfulness and of the greatness of God are often the ones who are most ready to meet the needs of their neighbors. Saint Catherine began her hospital work with enthusiasm and was faithful to it through difficult times because she was inspired by the love of God, a love which was renewed in her by the Scriptures and the sacraments.

The Liturgical Feast Day for Saint Catherine of Genoa is September 15.

 

 


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)