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Saint Gabriel Church
January 5, 2020
Epiphany of the Lord
The Solemnity of the Epiphany
The word epiphany is taken from the Greek epiphaneia which means manifestation. In the Roman Catholic Church, this solemnity commemorates the manifestation of God, through Christ, to the entire world which is represented by the Magi. The Solemnity of the Epiphany began in the third century in the Eastern Church which celebrates the manifestation of God to the world through the Baptism of Christ. In the Eastern Church, the Epiphany is as important as Easter and Pentecost. In the fourth century, the Epiphany was introduced into the Western Church which changed the focus of the feast from Jesus’ Baptism to His Birth. The Gospel for the Solemnity of the Epiphany is always taken from Matthew’s account of the Magi’s visit to the Baby Jesus. The Magi represent the Gentile world coming to the Lord. Beginning with the Magi, many people throughout Matthew’s Gospel did Jesus homage, which is a combination of reverence and worship. On the other hand, king Herod, the chief priests, and the scribes offer a preview of the rejection and the Cross which the Savior will experience in His ministry.
Rev. Connell A. McHugh
CELEBRATE THE ... 3 NEW YEAR OPPORTUNITIES??
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wait does the title say 3 New Year opportunities? New Years Day is celebrated on January 1st. So what are the other two? As Catholics we do have 3 opportunities during the year to celebrate and contemplate a NEW YEAR. A sort of re-set for our spiritual life and our relationship with the Lord. A time to "start over" and "re-focus" our thoughts to the Lord.
1. The 1st Sunday of Advent is the BEGINNING of a new Liturgical year in the Church. It is the time of preparation and contemplation to the birth of Jesus.
2. January 1st is the secular New Year, however throughout history there have been many changes in what Catholic feast would be celebrated on this day. While the rest of the world is celebrating with drinks, looking back with thanks and looking forward with hope, we celebrate again the birth of the Lord, and the dawn of redemption by honoring Mary the Mother of God
3. March 25th is the third New Year opportunity. This is the feast of the Annunciation which is the incarnation of God's Son and was also the beginning of humanity's redemption and the start of the new creation.
Weekly Income – Sunday, December 29th
Christmas Poinsettia Flower Memorials
Leon & Alice Boyer
Dominic & Carmella DeFrancisco…..Children
David & Betty Jane Horn
Nina Ravina Lee
Richard Matthew Menke & Mary Beth
Frank & Anna Rasan
David Sonoga & Family
NITE AT THE RACES
Catholic Social Services will hold its annual “Night At The Races”,Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Catholic Social Services Family Center, 106 S. Church St., Hazleton, PA Doors open at 6:00 p.m., races being at 7:15 p.m. $10 Advanced Tickets or $15 at the Door, cost of the ticket includes a buffet. BYOB Buy a horse for $10.00 – you may win $50! No one under 21 years of age admitted. For tickets and horse purchase please call Catholic Social Services at 570 455 1521. Catholic Social Services is a member agency of the United Way of Greater Hazleton.
ISLI Leadership Retreat – February 14-16, 2020
The International Student Leadership Institute (ISLI) is a peer-facilitated faith-based leadership retreatdeveloped at the University of Notre Dame. The ISLI retreat is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in both the leadership and membership roles of task oriented groups. During the retreat, participants take part in small group tasks that allow the student to make good decisions, examine leadership styles, practice leadership behavior, learn about positive communication, and develop self-motivational skills and learn problem solving and action planning techniques. The entirety of the retreat helps students to explore and express faith values in the Catholic Tradition.
Complete applications are required by Sunday, February 2 2020 and can be found at dioceseofscranton.org. Apply early as there are a limited number of spaces available for I.S.L.I. For further information, please call Shannon Kowalski at 570-207-2213, ext. 1155.
CELEBRATING YOUR 25TH OR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2020 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 14. The event includes a 2:30 pm mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with an April mailing address, should be made through the parish office before March 16.
If you would like a statement of contributions for 2019 – please fill in coupon
2019 Statement of Contributions
SAINT GABRIEL SCHOOL NEWS
Anyone who attended or graduated from Saint Gabriel Elementary or High School is cordially invited to…..
A REUNION OF ALL GRADES
APRIL 18, 2020
Mass will be celebrated by our native priests at 4:00 PM in Saint Gabriel Church
OUR SPIRITUAL HOME
Buffet dinner and cash bar
will follow at Genetti’s, Rt. 309 in Hazleton
Cost is $40.00 per person
Checks can be sent to:
c/o ST. GABRIEL RECTORY
122 SOUTH WYOMING STREET
HAZLETON PA 18201
We hope you will come and join old friends and make new acquaintances at this unique convocation.
Contact us with your information at:
USED BOOK/DVD SALE
Holy Family Academy Grandparents Club is holding a used Book/DVD Sale in the school gym on Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 29th.
Anyone wishing to donate books/DVD’s is welcome to drop them off as late as Friday , January 17th at the school.
MONDAY, JANUARY 6TH FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th
7:00 AM Louis E. Darraugh…Family 7:00 AM Paul Yuron…Steve & Gloria
12:10 PM Florence Spishock…Diane & Colin 12:10 PM Matthew Gallagher…Family
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7THSATURDAY, JANUARY 11th
7:00 AM Tammy Kress…Mom 8:00 AM Mary Jo Kress…Mom
12:10 PM Helen L. Cannon…Family 4:00 PM Marie Ellis…Family
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8TH SUNDAY, JANUARY 12th
7:00 AM Joan Duffy…Ann & Bob Smith 7:30 AM Ronald Kerrick…Mom & Dad
12:10 PM Darlene Kankowski…Jim 10:15 AM John Salazer…Larry & Mary Ann
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9th12:00 PM For the People
7:00 AM Matilda Koval…Larry & Donna 5:30 PM Charlie Hughes…M/M Peter
12:10 PM John R. Forrest..Joe & Mary Alyce Gunzerath