Monthly Archives: December 2015

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

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Although we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd, today’s Gospel from the second chapter of Luke (Lk. 2:36-40) tells the story of Mary and Joseph, observing Jewish custom, presenting Jesus in the Temple.

“There was a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee,
to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

Ven y conoce tu fe

¡Ven y conoce tu fe Catolica! La Arquidiocesis ofrece su programa de Formacion para el Ministerio Cristiano re-actualizado (FPMC)

Formación Para el Ministerio Cristiano es un programa de tres semestres. Cada sesión o clase incluye oración y el contenido teológico que esta diseñado para una audiencia adulta.  En cada semestre se exige la participación de un día de Reflexión.  El costo de cada semestre es de la siguiente manera, el participante paga $25 por semestre, la parroquia paga $25 y la Arquidiócesis paga $25 (financiado por el fondo Diocesano).  Si usted se inscribe para los cursos individuales, los costos son diferentes.  Los cursos de este programa son requisito para la certificación catequética.  Una Biblia Catolica y el Catecismo de la Iglesia catolica son libros requeridos.  Visita www.archgh.org/OEC/FPMC

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Learn more about your faith

Come and learn more about your catholic faith.  The Archdiocese offers formation through its program Formation Towards Christian Ministry (FTCM)

FTCM is a 108-clock hour process delivered over the course of three semesters. Classes meet on weekday evenings or in all- day Saturday format, depending on parish request. Each class session includes prayer, content presentation and group dynamics. Each semester also includes participation in a Day of Reflection as a means to integrate content into daily living. A completion ceremony, at which the Bishop presides, concludes the three-semester course of study.

The 108 clock hours of FTCM consists of 90 hours of courses and 18 hours of Days of Reflection.  Course content includes the study of Scripture, Doctrinal Theology, Liturgical Theology, Moral Theology, and Church History.  A Catholic Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are required for all courses.  Visit www.archgh.org/OEC/FTCM

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5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

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What exactly is the Octave of Christmas?  It is the first eight days of the Christmas Season which begins on Christmas Day and ends on the Baptism of the Lord which falls on January 10th this year.  To learn more about the Octave of Christmas go to the Catholic Connection and read the article by Fr. Matthew Long.  http://www.thecatholicconnection.org/?p=2180

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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In the midst of the celebration of the Christmas Season, today we remember the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. These male children who were two years old or younger were martyred by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus whom the three magi described as the newborn king. (Matthew 2:16-18). The Holy Innocents remind us of how cruel sin can be. In order to defeat such cruelty and sin, Christ was born.