NEWS:     We celebrate the Epiphany, (the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi)  which means to be revealed. The Magi, in Christian tradition means, the noble pilgrims “from the East” who followed a miraculous guiding star to Bethlehem, where they paid homage to the infant Jesus as king of the Jews (Matthew 2:1–12).Were the Magi Gentiles, who were they exactly, some refer them as wise men, or others magicians.  There are those who suggest that they were astrologers, or part of some mysterious religion from the East.  It is believed they were from modern day Iraq, (Babylon)  where the ancient Jews were held in captivity some 500 years earlier.  There is another line of thinking that has become popular as of late. There are some who suggest they were Jews from Babylon who remained behind after the captivity, and were followers of the prophet Daniel, who we know remained in Babylon after the captivity.  They were wealthy, wise and had knowledge of the stars so probably new astrology, which was a further indication that they were educated men. We know that Daniel is one of the major prophets, and that Daniel prophesied the time of the arrival of the Messiah. With knowledge of that it would make sense that these men, perhaps representing some of the lost tribes of Israel from the east were well versed in the prophecies of Daniel, and saw that the time those prophecies would be fulfilled would arrive anytime and this corresponded with the alignment in the sky of the star that shone over Bethlehem. The Gifts they brought is another clue that they knew him to be a great King, one worthy of paying homage to,one that they, and all of us, had been waiting for.

 

January 5thJoin us for our First Friday Devotion at the Fatima shrine!  Holy Mass at 7 Pm followed by Eucharistic Adoration continuing all night until 8:00 am with benediction on First Saturday.  Sign up for an hour! Focus will be on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Face of Christ, St. Michael the Archangel, Prayers for vocations, priest, pro-Life intentions, and the Immaculate heart of Mary. A good opportunity to pray! 

 

January 6th: The First Saturday Mass will be held at 9:00 am at the Fatima Shrine Boston. Rev. Ron Tacelli S.J. will lead us.  Also on the 6th of January at 3:00 pm the Spanish Rosary Community from St. Columbkilles will conduct their monthly First Saturday meeting with a rosary, music and fellowship.

 

January 20th: The Pro-life Mass will be held at 10:30 am at the Fatima Shrine Boston; Following Mass and rosary there will be a short talk. Rev. Joseph Akiko will say Mass.

 

January 27th:  The next Marian Movement of Priest prayer Cenacles will be held on Saturday January 27th