Messengers of Hope – January 2018

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January 2018

Mass Schedule

 

Come join us for 8 a.m. Mass each week.

 

Tuesday-Grades 1-4

Wednesday-Grades 5-8

Thursday-Grades K-8

 

1/9   3P

1/10   6D

1/11   1K

 

1/16   3B

1/17   7T

1/18 8K Baptism Mass

Messengers of Christ

 

1/23   2O

1/24   7K

1/25   Jude House

Pro-Life

 

1/30   2M

1/31   7B

2/1   Parent Appreciation

 

We invite you to all of our Masses throughout the week, but we especially invite you to some of our special Masses this month.

 

18-Baptismal Mass

 

We will present the Messenger of Christ Awards to the students and faculty on

January 12th.

Happy 2018!

 

Confidential student information is not reported on this web version of the e-Blast. See the parent email for the week for additional details.

After next Monday, Christmas time is over. Things get back to “normal” and in the Church this is known as Ordinary Time. However, “ordinary” is not the same as “unimportant.” During Ordinary Time, we have a chance to slow down a bit and enjoy the feasts and festivals that occur in January and February. The time between the feast of the Baptism of the Lord and Ash Wednesday is also called Carnival. It begins with readings and prayers that carry on the Christmas-Epiphany proclamation of Jesus as the light of the World. May we carry this light of Christ to one another during these cold, dark, winter days ahead.

Sunday, January 7th, marks the celebration of the Epiphany. At this time, we honor the wise men who followed a star where God guided to find the Savior. God’s glory will be shown to all who seek Him.

The word January, the first month of the new year, comes from the Latin word janua. It means “doorway.” January is the year’s doorway, an entrance into a bright new beginning!

 

 It is an old custom to bless doorways at Epiphany, and this custom can be celebrated in your home. As a blessing and a reminder to welcome the stranger and the traveler during the coming year, write the date in chalk above your door, along with the letters C, M, and B. These are the initials of the traditional names for the wise men: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.

 

To hear God’s word, read Matthew 2:1-2, 4-7, 8-12.

 

Lord God, fill this house with kindness for one another and with respect for guests. Teach us to welcome everyone without judgement or prejudice but with Christian joy. Fill us with true wisdom which is to seek Jesus always, now and forever. Amen.

 

-Citied from Blessings and Prayers through the New Year, Elizabeth McMahon Jeep

 

 

20 + C + M + B + 18

 

 

“Whatever you did for the least of my people, you did for me.”

This second trimester, we continue to focus on the Catholic Social Teaching of “Option for the Poor and Vulnerable”. A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/option-for-the-poor-and-vulnerable.cfm

Next week, National Migration Week will be celebrated on January 7-13, 2018. Please pray for people who are struggling for a place to live in peace with their families. https://justiceforimmigrants.org

 

Activities

·        Visit the links above to learn about the Catholic Social Teachings and to take action

·         Come to our MLK Prayer Service on January, 12th at 2:25p.m. in church to pray with us.

Thanks to our 4th grade class for leading our school in prayer during the Advent season. The students shared information on our faith ancestors and prayed the Jesse Tree prayers during our morning broadcast. Great job, 4th grade!

Please join us as our K and 6th grade classes attend 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass on January 14th.  Come pray with us!

 

January Baptismal Birthdays

 

Each month at St. Gabriel School, we take time to celebrate student baptismal months. The students baptized during the month are honored at an All-School Mass and they have the opportunity to renew their baptismal vows.

 

You are invited to celebrate with us at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Due to limited space, we ask that each child bring only 2 guests.

 

Please meet your child in the vestibule of church and join in the entrance procession. You will sit together in the reserved pews in church on the side of the Baptismal font.

 

We hope you are able to join us for this remembrance of your child’s birth into the Catholic Church.