Weekly Parish Newsletter - Sunday January 3rd
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton Weekly Newsletter
Sunday, January 3rd
Message from our Pastor Father Carlos D. Suarez:
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! Both greetings may sound a little dated at this point, but both are still true. Time travels quickly, and at times it may feel like we’re just a few days from living these feasts all over again. Perhaps this is part of the great wisdom in how the Church marks time because the Church’s sense of time reminds us to slow down. It reminds us that we’re not racing toward celebrating these feasts again next year because we haven’t even finished celebrating them this year. The Church’s way of marking time also reminds us that when it comes to celebrating God there really is no such thing as too much celebration.
Many people began packing their Christmas decorations up on December 26
, but as with Easter, we celebrate Christmas for an octave. This means that the eight days following Christmas day really count as an extension of Christmas day itself. Then of course there are the twelve days of Christmas, which are counted from Christmas day until the feast of the Epiphany, which we celebrate this weekend.
This feast marks the journey which the Magi undertook to go worship the Christ child and to bring him gifts. Their preparations and their journey teach us great lessons about following God’s invitation. Before their journey, the Magi spent time in study. They consulted all the resources at their disposal, and once they were certain of the date and destination they set out and left everything behind. Along the way, they faced obstacles and deterrents to fulfilling their mission but they were so firmly committed to their purpose that they didn’t let anything distract them from completing their journey. As they arrive at the manger, they present their gifts to the newborn King, and through this encounter, they receive the gift of Jesus’ light. This is a gift that moves them to reflect and then it moves them to return home and share the gift with others. As we reflect on the mission of the magi, we should follow their example. When God presents us with a task we first should prepare through prayer and study. Then we should be prompt in following God’s will. Lastly, we should take the fruit of our encounter with God and we should share that experience with others.
In the feast of the Epiphany, we see how the joy of Christmas continues well beyond Christmas day. In many places, Christmas is celebrated until the feast of the presentation of Jesus which takes place on February 2
. So, whether we celebrate for a few weeks or a few months we should remember that Christmas is not just about a single day. God wants us to mark time not by the scale of our own limitations but by His scale of eternity. Like the Magi, we’re on a journey toward the light of Christ. Therefore, we should never settle for staying in place and we shouldn’t let anything distract us from seeking that light. Journey on! — Fr. Carlos
Feliz Ano Novo e feliz Natal!
Ambas saudações podem parecer um pouco inexatas neste ponto, mas ambas ainda são apropriadas. O tempo viaja rapidamente e às vezes pode parecer que estamos a apenas alguns dias de viver estas festas de novo. Talvez isso seja parte da grande sabedoria em como a Igreja marca o tempo, porque o senso de tempo da Igreja nos lembra da importância de desacelerar. Isso nos lembra que não estamos correndo para celebrar essas festas novamente no ano que vem, porque ainda nem terminamos de comemorá-las este ano. A maneira como a Igreja marca o tempo também nos lembra que, quando se trata de celebrar a Deus, realmente não é possível ter demasiada celebração.
Muitas pessoas começaram a empacotar suas decorações de Natal no 26 de dezembro, mas como acontece com a Páscoa, celebramos o Natal por uma oitava. Isso significa que os oito dias após do Natal realmente contam como uma extensão do próprio dia de Natal. E, claro, há os doze dias do Natal, que vão desde o dia de Natal até a festa da Epifania, que celebramos neste fim de semana.
Esta festa marca a jornada que os Magos empreenderam para ir adorar o menino Jesus e trazer-lhe presentes. Seus preparativos e sua jornada nos ensinam grandes lições sobre como seguir o convite de Deus. Antes de sua viagem, os Magos passaram um tempo estudando. Consultaram todos os recursos à sua disposição e, uma vez tiveram a certeza da data e do destino partiram e deixaram tudo para trás. Ao longo do caminho, eles enfrentaram obstáculos e impedimentos para cumprir sua missão, mas estavam tão firmemente comprometidos com seu propósito que não deixaram nada os distrair de completar sua jornada. Ao chegarem à manjedoura, eles apresentam seus presentes ao Rei recém-nascido e, por meio desse encontro, recebem o dom da luz de Jesus. Este é um presente que os move a refletir e depois os move a voltar para casa e compartilhar o presente com outras pessoas. Meditando na missão dos reis magos devemos seguir seu exemplo. Quando Deus nos apresenta uma missão, devemos primeiro nos preparar por meio da oração e do estudo. Então, devemos estar prontos para seguir a vontade de Deus. Por último, devemos colher os frutos do nosso encontro com Deus e devemos partilhar essa experiência com os outros.
Na festa da Epifania, vemos como a alegria do Natal continua bem depois do dia de Natal. Em muitos lugares, o Natal é celebrado até a festa da apresentação de Jesus, que acontece no dia 2 de fevereiro. Portanto, se celebremos por algumas semanas ou alguns meses, devemos lembrar que o Natal não se trata apenas de um único dia. Deus quer que marquemos o tempo não pela escala de nossas próprias limitações, mas pela escala da eternidade. Como os Reis Magos, estamos em uma jornada em direção à luz de Cristo. Portanto, nunca devemos nos contentar em permanecer no onde estamos lugar e não devemos deixar nada nos distrair de buscar essa luz. Continuemos a jornada! -Pe. Carlos
SMAC will be airing our Sunday Mass on
Sunday, January 3rd at 8:30 am on
Comcast Channel 9 and on Verizon Channel 28!
You can also view our weekend on our website.
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The Epiphany of the Lord
“Where is that thing?” mumbled Bob as he searched frantically on his dimly lit desk for the current electric bill. “I know I put it right on top of these papers this morning!” Growing in frustration and bordering on anger, he flies stuff around, moves books and opines why simple tasks need to be so hard. Enter his wife, who calmly says, “Maybe it would help if you put the light on, dear.” The desk light goes on and lo and behold, there is the electric bill right where Bob left it earlier. All it took was a little light!
We stubbornly refuse to turn on the lights! Either we are distracted, determined, disinterested, preoccupied, stubborn, apprehensive, or all of the above. Or perhaps, we fail to do the obvious. We would rather live our lives with the dimmest of lights or even in total darkness. Why are we afraid to do something so that we can actually see? It might help us to find quicker and better answers to problems, the meaning of life, relationships, happiness, and what is ultimate truth. Yet, we stumble along, moving things from one side to the other, getting angry, feeling cheated, being unsettled, resigning ourselves to the agony of defeat once again.
“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.” The light has come into the world in the person of Jesus Christ! We no longer have to fumble in the darkness. We have been gifted with the illumination we need to see our way through things and find what we really are looking for. All these years later, however, so many are still reluctant to accept him. Perhaps they are unconvinced, disinterested, preoccupied, stubborn, apprehensive, or all of the above. Everyone has their own reason for not wanting to turn on the switch.
But there are so many answers to so many of our problems in this humble Child of Nazareth. A simple birth teaches us about God’s tender wedded relationship with humanity. It speaks to the expanse of God’s salvation across the globe, and the incarnate Divine wonders and blessings that are a part of our life moment to moment. It calls us to understand the design of world order God intended as found in the Beatitudes, the sacredness of every human life and all of creation and the meaning of things we struggle with most, like suffering and death. We have a lot of Good News to share, not just with a privileged few but with all the world. All races and creeds can receive God’s healing word. God continues to manifest himself even now! Use the light to find what you are really looking for!
who was the winner of our Rake In the Cash $5K Drawing!! Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser!
Parish Offertory Numbers
for the weekend of December 27th
2019 Immaculate Conception
Offertory Weekly Average: $9,175.00
December 27th Immaculate Conception
Weekly Offertory: $5,447.00
Offertory Cash Shorfall: $-3,728.00
Benefit Trust: $2,872.00
2019 St. James
Offertory Weekly Average: $4,293.00
December 27th St. James
Weekly Offertory: $4,290.50
Clergy Benefit Trust: $2,597.00
Free Will: $3,833.00
Daily Morning Mass will be canceled if we receive more than 4 inches of snow. Please bear in mind that when there is even a physical inability to make it to Mass (such as hazardous driving conditions from too much snow), the obligation to attend Mass does not apply. Please use your best judgment in these circumstances.
Public Masses have Resumed for
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton
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