This weekend is rather “ordinary” as we settle into the “Ordinary Time” of the Church’s year (until Ash Wednesday). Although this Sunday’s gospel is the famous story of the Wedding Feast of Cana from St. John, we will focus mainly on St. Luke’s gospel over the next year.
Next Sunday is Word of God Sunday. In 2019, Pope Francis established that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the Word of God.” Families are encouraged to bring their bibles to Mass next weekend when there will be a prayer of blessing for bibles. Since this is the “Year of the Eucharist,” homilies next weekend will address how God is uniquely and powerfully present in the “Liturgy of the Word.” Next Sunday is also the patronal feast of St. Francis de Sales. There will be lots to talk about next weekend!
Due to the major outbreak of COVID cases, there will be no buses going from our area to the National March for Life in Washington on Friday, January 21st. On that day, there will be a March for Life Walk in Bel Air following an 8:30 AM Mass at St. Margaret’s on the 21st. Please see the bulletin for details.
Instead, on Thursday, January 20th, in Washington, D.C., our parishes will be joining St. Margaret’s, Belair, for a “Mass for Life” at 9 a.m., followed by a brief walk/march through a section of downtown Belair.
It’s that time of year again: tax season. The 2021 contribution statements for St. Francis de Sales will be available after January 31, 2022. Contribution statements will only be sent upon request. Please contact the parish office if you would like a statement.
Please keep in your prayers the repose of the soul of Jim Betlejewski, who died very suddenly on January 4th. Jim and his wife Evelyn have been long-time faithful members of POP. While Evelyn is famous for her homemade muffins, Jim was a faithful member of the parish’s music ministry. We pray not only for his eternal peace but also for those who mourn him.
Have a Good Week!