Sunday, February 7th: If you have saved your palms from last Palm Sunday, bring them to mass this Sunday and place them in the narthex. They will be burned to create the ashes for the Ash Wednesday liturgy.
Tuesday, February 9th (mardi gras): God willing, there will be king cake and sherry served after the noon mass.
Wednesday, February 10th: Ash Wednesday mass and the imposition of ashes will be at 7:00 pm.
Thursdays during Lent, we will have Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 7:00 pm. Afterward we will adjourn to the parish hall for a light, vegetarian supper, and a discussion of the “Mystery of God” – led (via video) by Bishop Robert Barron.
Attention cooks! A sign-up sheet for Lenten suppers is on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you can assist with a supper, please do sign up!
February 5: The Martyrs of Japan
St. Paul Miki and his companions, were twenty-six Christians who were martyred by the shoguns of Japan after refusing to renounce faith in Christ on February 5, 1597. They included six European Franciscan missionaries, three Japanese Jesuits priests, and seventeen Japanese laymen. All were crucified and pierced through with spears at Nagasaki. 250 years later, when European Christians returned to Japan, they found that faith in Christ had survived underground, without the assistance of clergy or books, among a number of Japanese.
February 10: St. Scholastica
Born at Nursia (modern Norcia), a small town in Umbria, in central Italy, Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict, the founder of Western monasticism. These holy twins were born around the year 480, the children of a Roman nobleman. According to Pope St. Gregory the Great, writing in the late 500’s, St. Scholastica was consecrated, like her brother, to God in virginity, and became the superior of a community of nuns not far from Monte Cassino, the great abbey founded by St. Benedict. Pope St. Gregory says that once a year Scholastica would visit Benedict, and that they would spend the day together, praying and discussing the things of God. Gregory says further that on Scholastica’s final visit to Benedict, as the sun was setting and Benedict began to take his leave, Scholastica begged him to stay. Benedict refused, whereupon Scholastica closed her eyes and prayed to the Lord, and immediately a fierce storm arose, which prevented Benedict from leaving. He rebuked Scholastica, who replied “You refused my request, but God has heard me; go ahead and return to your monastery if you can.” Benedict recognized the hand of the Lord, and the twins spent the rest of the night in holy conversation. Three days later, Benedict had a vision of his sister’s soul flying up to heaven in the form of a dove, and shortly thereafter, news reached him that St. Scholastica had indeed died at that very hour. Scholastica is patron of convulsive children, and is invoked with respect to storms and rain.