Mass will be held at 6:30 AM on the Feast of the Annunciation, Saturday, March 25.
The Easter Triduum will NOT be held at St. Michael Mission in Bush this year as no Priest is available to celebrate the Triduum.
Upcoming dates regarding choir rehearsals and scheduling will be coming soon, and we welcome our new choir director for the Latin Mass, Chris Warwick, to St. Jane.
Fish Fries Every Friday Night.
Masses on the Feast of the Annunciation, Saturday, March 5, will be at 6:30 AM in the Extraordinary Form, and 8:00am.
The Abita Whole Town Garage Sale is held that same day, though parking will be available for all Masses. It’s looking like rain on Saturday… we’ll see what will happen.
Our Parish Mission has been a great spiritual success!
The answer is YES! Yes, we are having our annual Lenten Fish Fries every Friday during Lent (Good Friday is not during Lent, it is during the Triduum, so no Fish Fry on Good Friday.)
Time is from 5-8pm. Cost is $8, shrimp or fish, with fries and drink. Desserts are optional *But well worth the $1.00!)
Stations of the Cross are at 7:00pm.
Our Parish Mission has been proving a great success!
Fr. Tom Sullivan of the Father’s of Mercy is conducting the Lenten Mission. Tonight, Thursday, March 23rd, we will have Confessions from 6:00 – 6:45pm, then Mass at 7:00pm, followed by a reception to meet Fr. Sullivan. Confessions will resume if necessary after the reception.
“Fr. Thomas Sullivan was born in 1959 and is a native of Havertown, Pennsylvania. In 1998, Fr. Thomas became a member of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy. He is a 2004 graduate of Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and was ordained to the priesthood in May 2004. Prior to his joining the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Thomas owned and operated his own roofing company and worked extensively with the Missionaries of Charity throughout the world and with the Padre Pio Center in Barto, Pennsylvania.
“The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy was founded in 1808, originally under the title of “the Missionaries of France.” The community was founded for the purpose of re-evangelizing the French people after the Catholic Faith had been subjected to years of attacks and persecution during the French Revolution. It is now exclusively an American community. The generalate is located in South Union, Kentucky. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats throughout the country.
“During the mission, Fr. Thomas will encourage and challenge the parish community to make a stronger, deeper commitment to Christ, His Church and the Sacraments.”
UPDATE: We have one more Mass for Ash Wednesday, which is this evening at 7:00pm. Ashes will be given out immediately following the Homily
It’s difficult to imagine that Lent is already coming upon us this Wednesday. It also means that Mardi Gras is this Tuesday which will certainly be occupying the time of many, in various pursuits.
But come Wednesday, many people will be wanting Ashes.
So, here is the pertinent info:
The 1988 circular letter on Lent and Easter “Paschales Solemnitatis,” issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship states:
“21. On the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent, the faithful receive the ashes, thus entering into the time established for the purification of their souls. This sign of penance, a traditionally biblical one, has been preserved among the Church’s customs until the present day. It signifies the human condition of the sinner, who seeks to express his guilt before the Lord in an exterior manner, and by so doing express his interior conversion, led on by the confident hope that the Lord will be merciful. This same sign marks the beginning of the way of conversion, which is developed through the celebration of the sacraments of penance during the days before Easter.”
“1060. This order may also be used when ashes are brought to the sick. According to circumstances, the rite may be abbreviated by the minister. Nevertheless, at least one Scripture reading should be included in the service.”
Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation.
We will have three Masses:
- 6:30AM in the Extraordinary Form, at which Ashes are given out prior to Mass.
- 8:00AM our usual daily Mass, at which Ashes are distributed after the Homily.
- 7:00PM is the same as 8:00AM
Ashes will be given to ministers of the homebound; but they will not be distributed in the Office, or otherwise outside of Mass.
Have a great holiday!
The Northshore Foodbank, formerly known as the Covington Foodbank, is actively seeking donations of Oatmeal, and Boxed Rice Dinners.
So, bring them to the Church or the office as you’d prefer, and we will make sure they get to the Foodbank.
As you know this year we’ve had our share of natural calamities along with an economy which has left many people suffering from a lack of even the basics at times.
So consider performing one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, by Feeding the Poor, and donating a simple container of Oatmeal or a Boxed Rice Dinner, which will greatly serve those in need.
We hope to deliver much food to the foodbank on the Friday prior to Mardi Gras, which is February 24.
By an initiative of the USCCB, Sunday, February 12 is Nation Marriage Sunday, which is taking place in the middle of National Marriage Week.
Via the USCCB:
WASHINGTON—National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage,” said the chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
“Promoting and strengthening marriage remains a pastoral priority of our Conference,” wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in a letter to his brother bishops. “Marriage, both as a natural institution and as a Christian sacrament, is an irreplaceable good for society and all people.”
National Marriage Week USA is celebrated each year February 7-14, and World Marriage Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of February, this year February 12.
The USCCB provides numerous resources that can be of assistance to bishops, priests and lay leaders in promoting, strengthening and defending the gift of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman, including the websites For Your Marriage, Por Tu Matrimonio, and Marriage: Unique for a Reason. Archbishop Chaput encouraged participation in the “Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty,” an invitation to prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and religious liberty in the country. His letter and additional resources, including a homily resource and bulletin insert, are available online.
A daily virtual marriage retreat for National Marriage Week is also available through Facebook: www.facebook.com/foryourmarriage. This year’s retreat draws from both Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (2015) and the USCCB pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan (2009).
The celebration of National Marriage Week in the U.S. began in 2002, originating from Marriage Week International. World Marriage Day, held the second Sunday of February each year, was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
This weekend starts the Easter Cycle, with Septuagisma Sunday.
7 Things about Septuagisma Sunday
The name Septuagisma comes from the Latin for 70th, which means 70 Days Before Easter. It’s not really 70 days before Easter, but it’s the 3rd Sunday before Lent, which is 40 Days Before Easter. So, it’s Three Weeks before the beginning of Lent.
In some places it’s called Circumdedérunt Sunday, because of the 1st word of the Entrance Antiphon.
Ps 17:5; 17:6; 17:7
Circumdedérunt me gémitus mortis, dolóres inférni circumdedérunt me: et in tribulatióne mea invocávi Dóminum, et exaudívit de templo sancto suo vocem meam.
Díligam te, Dómine, fortitúdo mea: Dóminus firmaméntum meum, et refúgium meum, et liberátor meus.
Circumdedérunt means “about”, “around”, “encircling”… Which is why you rarely hear it referred to these days as Circumdedérunt Sunday. Because unlike “Rejoice Sunday”, during Advents and Lents, “Around Sunday” doesn’t have quite the same literary appeal.
The full translation of the Entrance Antiphon is:
“The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice.”
“I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.”
The 17-day period beginning on Septuagesima Sunday is a preparation for the season of Lent. “In many countries, however, Septuagesima Sunday marked and still marks the traditional start of the carnival season, culminating on Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as Mardi Gras.” (via Wikipedia.)
However Carnival Season, as we all know, starts on Epiphany, with the celebration of the Three Kings bringing our precious Lord the gracious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
There is a close correspondence between the pictures in the Roman Catacombs, and the readings which occur from Septuagisma Sunday through the 2nd Sunday of Easter. We’re talking ancient here.
In some places, the custom of the “Burial of the Allellulia” still takes place after Septuagisma Sunday, usually the Sunday before the first Sunday of Lent, as the Allelulia is not said during Lent.
Via St. John Cantius, The Burial of the ‘Alleluia’ is a beautiful custom repeated each year at St. John Cantius Parish. On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, we bid this sacred word a fond farewell for the duration of Lent.
At the end of Mass, a placard with the ‘Alleluia’ in ornate gold letters is taken from the Sanctuary and processed to Mary’s Altar where it is “buried”—placed under the altar cloth. The ‘Alleluia’ will only emerge again at the Easter Vigil after the 40 days of Lent, we hear the Church proclaim the Resurrection of Our Lord.
And via the New Liturgical Movement:
“On Saturday before Septuagesima Sunday all choir boys gather in the sacristy during the prayer of the None, to prepare for the burial of the Alleluia. After the last Benedicamus Domino [i.e., at the end of the Vespers service] they march in procession, with crosses, tapers, holy water and censers; and they carry a coffin, as in a funeral. Thus they proceed through the aisle, moaning and mourning, until they reach the cloister. There they bury the coffin; they sprinkle it with holy water and incense it; whereupon they return to the sacristy by the same way.”
This burial of the Alleluia was nicknamed the deposition (i.e., “the giving on deposit”). Curiously enough, gravestones in Catholic cemeteries traditionally had the inscription Depositus, or simply “D,” to indicate a Christian’s burial. When this term indicates the burial of the Alleluia or of the faithful departed, the Christian belief in resurrection is clear. As we bury those who have been “marked with the sign of faith,” (Roman Canon), and as we enter into the fasting of Lent, we do not silence our tongues because of despair or permanent loss. Rather, we do so with confidence that what has been deposited into the earth—our dead, our Alleluia—will rise again.”
Origen has an interesting Homily on the Gospel of the Day:
“Observe if you can that the first order stands for Adam, and for the creation of the world: for the Householder going out in the morning early as it were hired Adam and Eve to work in the vineyard of His justice. The second order of workers means Noah, and the Covenant which He established with him. The third order signifies Abraham, and those who, following him, were Patriarchs, until the time of Moses. The fourth order is Moses, and all who went with him out of the land of Egypt, and the Law that was given in the desert. The last order, about the eleventh hour, means the Coming of Jesus Christ. The Householder was but one, as the parable records: He went forth five times, and He went forth that He might send into His vineyard workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (II Tim. ii. 15), who would labour in His service. And One is Christ coming frequently among men, ever providing what is needed for the calling of His workers.”
The entire homily is edifying.
Septuagisma Sunday is this coming Sunday ~ lots to be done before the Lenten Season.
Fr. Allen will say the Mass at Noon. We continue to pray for Monsignor Calkins as he recuperates from his icy fall and broken leg.
“At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the crowds: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. And when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the weeds appeared as well.
And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ And the servants said to him, ‘Will you have us go and gather them up?’
‘No,’ he said, ‘lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first, and bind them in bundles to burn, but gather the wheat into my barns.’
On Thursday, February 2, we will have the annual blessing of candles, followed by a Low Mass.
As we did last year, we will begin with the blessing of the candles, then process around the Church with lit candles, and then start the Holy Mass.
At that time, when the days of Mary’s purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord – as it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord – and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.