Sunday, February 5th: The Annual Parish Meeting will be held after mass.
Wednesday, February 8th: There will be no afternoon mass.
Thursday, February 9th: Holy Cross will host the neighborhood crime watch meeting at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, February 12th: We look forward to welcoming Fr. Victor Austin, Theologian in Residence in the Diocese of Dallas), as our special guest preacher. He will also address the Rector’s Study Group on the topic of suffering. All are welcome.
February 3: Anskar
Born about the year 796 in Corbie, in what is now northern France, Saint Anskar (or Oscar) was an archbishop of the see of Hamburg-Bremen, and was known as the “Apostle to the North”. He was a monk of the abbey of Corvey (which remains an active monastery to this day), and went on preaching missions to what is now Denmark and Sweden, preaching faith in Christ and making many converts. He became the Archbishop of Hamburg, with the right to send missionaries and consecrate missionary bishops for the northern countries. And the conversion of many of the Scandinavian peoples to faith in Christ is a direct result of the ministry of Anskar.
February 4: Cornelius the Centurion
Cornelius was a centurion (an officer of the Roman army) of the Italian Cohort residing at Caesarea. Acts 10 records that Cornelius was a devout man who feared God, prayed constantly, and gave alms liberally. One day in a vision, Cornelius saw an angel who said “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God” and instructed him to send servants to Joppa and bring back Simon Peter (Acts 10.4-5). Cornelius obeys, and finds that Peter had had a corresponding vision, in which a sheet full of ritually unclean animals was lowered from heaven, and a voice told him “Rise, Peter; kill and eat”. When Peter protests that the animals are ritually unclean, the voice says “What God has cleansed, you must not call common.” When Cornelius’s servants arrive asking for Peter, Peter understands his vision to mean that the Gospel is to be preached among non-Jews (such as Cornelius). Accordingly Peter went and preached to Cornelius and his household, and they all believed in Christ and were baptized. Thus Cornelius is the first non-Jew to come to faith in Christ, and his feast represents, as Peter says to him, that “God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10.34f). Thus Jesus came not merely to the Jews, but to men of good will from every nation under heaven.
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.