Today is the Feast Day of Saint Hilary of Poitiers, born around the year 300 in what in what is France today.  He grew up believing there were many gods.  His studies led him to read the Bible and he came to believe. His intelligence and his Christian example caused people to elect him bishop.  It was his brilliant defense against heretics that led to his not only being named a saint, but also a Doctor of the Church.  Doctors of the Church are few in number (30) and fewer in women (4).  Saint Hilary is the only Doctor of the Church to have been married and a father of a daughter who known as Saint Abra. Doctors of the Church made significant contributions to the Church through their teachings and writings on theology and spirituality.   Our Patron Saint Francis de Sales is so honored.

 

MASS SCHEDULE and INTENTIONS 

10:00 am  Wed.  Jan. 13
Ally Kozacek/Fam by Th.Ferguson – CLOSED to Public

10:00 am  Thur.  Jan. 14
Vienna Hurts by Margie Owens – OPEN/Protocols

10:00 am  Fri. Jan. 15
Poor Souls in Purgatory – CLOSED to Public

05:00 pm  SAT.   Jan. 16
A.A. Thewes by Elizabeth Thewes – OPEN/Protocols

08:30 am  SUN.  Jan. 17
People of the Parish by Fr. Paul – OPEN/Protocols

11:00 am  SUN.
Raul Malanzo by Marilyn Malanzo – OPEN/Protocols

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • There will be no Christian Formation until February.
  • The next program offered by the Education Committee is “The Search” which is about finding the meaning of life. Questions such as: who am I, where am I going, what am I seeking, what do I want out of life, will be asked and debated. The video photography throughout the program is incredibly beautiful. There are 7 sessions in the program. The 1st session begins on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The programs are offered at 10:45 AM in the K of C Hall following the 10:00 AM Mass on Tuesdays, and are one hour in duration. Masks and social distancing protocols are required. Please bring coffee or other refreshments for your personal use only.
  • All meetings of Knights of Columbus 5657 have been put on hold based on guidelines sent from the State Level.

 

SELECTED SCRIPTURES:

With You, O Lord, is the Fountain of Life, and in your light we see light.

— Psalm 36:10

I have come that you might have live and have it more abundantly, says the Lord.

— John 10:10

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.   God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

— 1 John 4:7-11

 

POEM of the DAY: The Gift

Be still, my soul, and steadfast.

Earth and heaven both are still watching

though time is draining from the clock

and your walk, that was confident and quick,

has become slow.

 

So, be slow if you must, but let

the heart still play its true part.

Love still as once you loved, deeply

and without patience. Let God and the world

know you are grateful. That the gift has been given.

— Mary Oliver

 

PRAYER of the DAY:   A New Psalm 57   (based on Psalm 57)

Have mercy on me and mine, O God,

have mercy on us;

 

You are our refuge.

We hide in the shadow of your wings

and await your vindication.

 

We cry out to you, God Most High,

begging you to fulfill your purpose in and for us.

Send your hosts from heaven and save us,

scattering those who lie, slander, and attack.

 

Send your love and faithfulness

as our defense against hateful beasts,

who snarl and claw,

rant and rage.

 

Just do your thing, God;

show your strength and glory.

Make our hearts steadfast, O God;

let us sing and make music,

praising you so loud

and serving you so passionately

that we will keep the day awake

and prevent the night from getting any sleep.

 

We will praise you, O Lord, no matter what;

we will serve you to our last breaths.

For your love stretches all the way to the heavens;

your faithfulness extends from our little place

to the outermost reaches of the universe.

 

Just do your thing, God;

show your strength and glory.

— Bob Hostetler

 

MYSTIC MUSINGS for MEDITATION by Saint Hilary:

There is no space where God is not; space does not exist apart from Him. He is in heaven, in hell, beyond the seas; dwelling in all things and enveloping all. Thus He embraces, and is embraced by, the universe, confined to no part of it but pervading all.

 

The perfection of learning is to know God in such a way that,

though you realize he is knowable, yet you know him as indescribable.

 

The river of God is brimming with water; that is to say, we are inundated by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And from that fountain of life the river of God pours into us in full flood…These gifts enter us like a gentle rain, and once having done so, little by little, they bring forth fruit in abundance.

 

This unique gift which is in Christ is offered in its fullness to everyone. It is everywhere available, but it is given to each man in proportion to his readiness to receive it. Its presence is the fuller, the greater a man’s desire to be worthy of it.

 

FOR FUN:

A Jesuit, a Dominican, and a Franciscan were walking along an old road, debating the greatness of their orders. Suddenly, an apparition of the Holy Family appeared in front of them, with Jesus in a manger and Mary and Joseph praying over him. The Franciscan fell on his face, overcome with awe at the sight of God born in such poverty. The Dominican fell to his knees, adoring the beautiful reflection of the Trinity and the Holy Family. The Jesuit walked up to Joseph, put his arm around his shoulder, and said, “So, have you thought about where to send him to school?”

 

A priest, a minister and a rabbi are discussing when life begins. The priests says, “It begins at conception.  The minister says, “Life begins at 24 weeks gestation.” The rabbi says, “You are both wrong, Life begins when the kids move out of the house and take the pets with them.”

 

LINKS:

PRAYER: http://bobhostetler.blogspot.com

POEM: https://wildandpreciouslife0.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/the-gift-by-mary-oliver/