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Our mission as Christians, with all Christians around the world, is to love as Jesus Christ asked us "..you shall love your neighbour as yourself."(Matthew 22:37-40)
With love comes understanding, with understanding comes forgiveness. The door to salvation is always open and the way to salvation is through reconciliation with God.
"All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.....
Here at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Haliburton, we offer the sacraments on an as needed basis. You need to phone the church to make an appointment with the Priest who will then give you the necessary instruction of what is requiered to complete the sacrament.
Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Ordinary Time: February 2nd
A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas Day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today's liturgy. See the prayer's section for the full rite of the Procession and Blessing of Candles at Mass.
Founded by Pope St. John Paul II in 1997, today is the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. He attached it to "Candlemas Day" because the consecrated men and women are to be the light in the world, imitating Jesus, the Light of the World. The World Day of Prayer is moved to the following Sunday to be celebrated in the parishes. See USCCB for more resources.
The previous (1962) liturgical calendar refers to this feast as the "Purification of Mary." This is known as a "Christmas feast" since it points back to the Solemnity of Christmas. Many Catholics practice the tradition of keeping out the Nativity creche or other Christmas decorations until this feast day.
Presentation of the Lord
The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as "The Encounter." In the sixth century, it began to be observed in the West: in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul (France) with solemn blessings and processions of candles, popularly known as "Candlemas." The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter.
"In obedience to the Old Law, the Lord Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the Temple by his Blessed Mother and his foster father. This is another 'epiphany' celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. Christ is the light of the nations, hence the blessing and procession of candles on this day. In the Middle Ages this feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or 'Candlemas,' was of great importance.
"The specific liturgy of this Candlemas feast, the blessing of candles, is not as widely celebrated as it should be, except of course whenever February 2 falls on a Sunday and thus takes precedence. There are two ways of celebrating the ceremony, either the Procession, which begins at a 'gathering place' outside the church, or the Solemn Entrance, celebrated within the church."
—From Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year
Optional Memorial of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr
Ordinary Time: February 3rd
This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on solid rock.
What I say to you in the darkness speak in the light, says the Lord; what you hear whispered proclaim on the housetops.
St. Blaise (or Blase) (d. 320) enjoyed widespread veneration in the Eastern and Western Churches due to many cures attributed to him. According to tradition, he was Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia and was martyred under Licinius. On this day the Church gives a "Blessing of the Throats" in honor of St. Blaise. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. St. Blaise is included in the list of Fourteen Holy Helpers.
St. Blaise was a physician and Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia. He lived in a cave on Mount Argeus and was a healer of men and animals. According to legend, sick animals would come to him on their own for help, but would never disturb him at prayer.
Agricola, governor of Cappadocia, came to Sebaste to persecute Christians. His huntsmen went into the forests of Argeus to find wild animals for the arena games, and found many waiting outside Blaise's cave. Discovered in prayer, Blaise was arrested, and Agricola tried to get him to recant his faith. While in prison, Blaise ministered to and healed fellow prisoners, including saving a child who was choking on a fish bone; this led to the blessing of throats on Blaise's feast day.
Thrown into a lake to drown, Blaise stood on the surface and invited his persecutors to walk out and prove the power of their gods; they drowned. When he returned to land, he was martyred by being beaten, his flesh torn with wool combs (which led to his association with and patronage of those involved in the wool trade), and then beheading.
Blaise has been extremely popular for centuries in both the Eastern and Western Churches and many cures were attributed to him, notably that of a child who was suffocating through a fish bone being caught in his throat. In 1222 the Council of Oxford prohibited servile labour in England on his feast. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He is invoked for all throat afflictions, and on his feast two candles are blessed with a prayer that God will free from all such afflictions and every ill all those who receive this blessing.
—Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch
Fr. Don Calloway, MIC: The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Our Lady
What is the most powerful weapon on earth? In this talk based on his recent book, "Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon," Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC argues that the rosary is a spiritual sword that has won decisive battles. And he has the stories to prove it. Fr. Don Calloway, MIC, is Vocation Director for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and author of several books about Mary. Fr. Calloway's talk was sponsored by the Chapel Ministries Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
The Rosary is a spiritual weapon. Continual prayer and adoration confounds Satan as he loses influence over those who do not cease focusing on Jesus.
Pope Francis' Intentions
We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre,
may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome
towards those most in need.
OUR PARISHES IN BANCROFT AND HALIBURTON
FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“Light rises in the darkness for the upright!”
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO send in your Mass Intentions either by email or calling the parish office.
*Please also remember to send in names of anyone needing our prayers and they will be added to the Prayer Corner of our bulletin!
*Keep in mind that the Sanctuary Lamp is lit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be lit for your own private intentions; for the intentions of a loved one; in the memory of a friend or relative; for an anniversary. The prayers and intentions are endless!
WE ALL NEED PRAYERS!!!
This Week's Message-
FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: Following upon the teaching of the Beatitudes, Jesus uses the now familiar metaphors of salt and light to describe the life of discipleship. We take salt and light for granted in our society, but these commodities were more precious in ancient cultures. Just as now, salt was used in Jesus’ time for flavoring, as a preservative, and as a healing agent. Similarly, the widespread use of electricity in the modern world makes us less aware of the value and importance of light in our lives.
Still, our familiarity with this passage from Matthew’s Gospel speaks well to the abiding power of the imagery that Jesus...
Saturday Mass @ 4:30 pm
On Long Weekends
extra Sunday Mass
@ 8:00 am
WEEDNESDAY MASSES WILL RESUME ON FEBRUARY 8TH
Adoration - 8:30 am
Mass - 9:30 am
Family Faith Formation
We will be registering students who will be ready for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Please contact the Church office for the registration forms. Classes are currently in progress.