Prince of Peace Catholic Community
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Marvels of Mass

Reflection for the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

In many liturgical scholars’ thoughts, this feast of the Epiphany of the Lord should begin perhaps its own liturgical season, separate from Christmas and encompassing the next three Sundays.  The word ‘Epiphany’ is often referred to as a manifestation, or an experience of striking and sudden realization; its actual etymology comes from Greek and means ‘to appear’.   This weekend, with the Three Kings, we have the first of these ‘epiphanies’.  The Three Kings symbolize people gathered from the non-Jewish parts of the world at the time to proclaim the importance of the birth of this Holy Chil

Reflection for the Baptism of the Lord

This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.  Some years, such as last year, we do not celebrate this feast on a Sunday due to how the days fall in the liturgical calendar.  The Gospel tells us of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. After the baptism, “a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.’” (Luke 3:22)

Our opening song, “When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized”, speaks of this baptism.  The tune is one we know to the words of an Advent song – “On Jordan’s Bank”.  The tune is called Winchester New.

Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family

Today’s liturgical feast of the Holy Family honors Jesus; his mother, Mary; and his foster father, Saint Joseph; and their model as a family for all Christians.  It was instituted in 1893 by Pope Leo XIII with the date of the feast to fall on the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany (January 7 – 13).  With the revision of the Roman calendar in 1969, the feast is now celebrated within the Octave of Christmas – meaning, it always falls on the Sunday following Christmas.  

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent

Each year on the 4th Sunday of Advent, we hear some reference to the visitation of the angel Gabriel to Mary, announcing that she has conceived and will bear a son.  This year we hear of it through Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.  “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant [John the Baptist] leaped in [Elizabeth’s] womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb (Jesus)” (Luke 1:41-42) We sing of Elizabeth’s proclamation in our song at the presentation of the gifts, “Hail Mary: Gentle

Reflection for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We begin our liturgy this week with the song “Table of Plenty”.  This text is a wonderful gathering together of all who have come to the church today to pray – “God will provide for all that we need, here at the table of plenty…come and sit at my [God’s] table where saints and sinners are friends.  I [God] wait to welcome the lost and lonely to share the cup of my love.”  Just spend a moment and meditate on that text.  God is welcoming all of us, in any stage of life, to come to His table – the sinners, the saints, the lost, the lonely and later on in the text, the poor and the sorrowful. 

 

 

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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 8:30pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 8:30pm

Sunday Readings & Homily

January 6, 2019: "Bring Your Gifts to the King" (Fr. Jerry)
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God: "Resolve to Be A Shepherd" (Fr. Jerry)