God’s Presence Through Christ

Fr. Vince in Rome

On Epiphany, we celebrate that the child born in the darkness of night in a lowly manger is revealed as the manifestation (the meaning of epiphany) of God. Christ is revealed in many ways: as Lord, as King as the one in whom God is present and acts. All of these manifestations are “lights” that shine in Christ, revealing a deeper understanding of who he is. Traditionally three events in the life of Christ are remembered today as manifestations of God’s presence and action through Christ: the visit of the Magi from the East, the wedding feast at Cana and the baptism of Jesus in the Jordon. These three events display Christ as our light—revealed to all nations, in power as the Son of God and in being commissioned by his heavenly Father—the Magi, the Wedding Feast, and the Baptism. You will notice more candle light in church today— all to reflect Christ who is the “light of the World!”

Today, all are invited to attend our delightful parish Epiphany Party in St. Francis Hall. Please bring some food to share with others and come prepared to enjoy an afternoon of food, friends, singing and a special visit from the Three Kings bearing gifts for children! We will also have the Breaking of the Pinata for the children. See today’s bulletin for more details.

As we begin this new calendar year, I am announcing a Parish Pilgrimage in September 2019! Our faith journey will take us first to Portugal to the house of St. Anthony. Then, after visiting the beautiful city of Lisbon, we travel north to Santarem for Mass at the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle. Then on to Fatima to join the beautiful night procession and Mass. Moving into Spain, we arrive at the
grand Basilica of Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James. We then travel to Burgos to visit the magnificent cathedral where El Cid is buried! Next are a memorable visit and Mass at the Shrine of St. Ignatius in Loyola. Crossing the Pyrenees, we come to Lourdes, France for the truly inspiring Rosary candlelight procession and Mass at the Grotto. We then travel via Carcassonne, a medieval walled city, to end in Barcelona and Montserrat— the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Finally, we fly to Assisi for several special days taking in the spirit of
Francis and Clare and finally we reach Rome, the Eternal City including the papal audience with Pope Francis and a visit of many religious and classical sites. We depart for Lisbon on September 6th and return from Rome on September 24th. Our pilgrimages are always spiritual, educational and lots of fun! Just ask any pilgrim who has gone with us! Please call me soon for more information and to reserve a place! (760‐547‐0723).

In closing, I invite you to our “Soup and Study of the Gospel of St. Luke”. Luke’s Gospel has been acclaimed as the most beautiful book ever written. Come and find out why! Please bring your bibles. We will gather at 6:00 p.m. for some delicious hot soup and then begin our study at 6:30 p.m. See today’s back page for more details!

Love, Fr. Vince