Well, despite the media hype over the Trump-acalypse and since we are not all speaking Russian, the world in 2017 didn’t end. So it looks like we are going to have to do it all over again! All 525,600 minutes, each of the 8,760 hours, all 52 weeks of all 12 months of 2018. So better to know what we are getting ourselves into:
Know, dear brothers and sisters, that as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ,so by leave of God’s mercy, we announce to you also the joy of His Resurrection, who is our Savior.
On the fourteenth day of February will fall Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of
the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.
On the first day of April, we will celebrate with joy Easter Day,
the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the tenth (thirteenth in AZ) day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the twentieth day of May, the feast of Pentecost.
On the third day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
Some dates of local significance:
21 April – our Parish Festival
21 May – yours truly will celebrate 30yrs of priesting
16 July – our Patronal Feast Day
If you live by the Rule of One (one hour of prayer/week, one hour of service/week and the first hour of wages to God each week), then for the year that was, you should have prayed at least for 52 hours or 3,120 minutes in 2017. You should have rung up 52 hours or 2.1 days of service in the Parish, and if you earn $12/hr, then $624 would have been given back to God. How well did you do?
As we move into the year that will be, we should ask ourselves: how many times will we say I love you, or thank you, or God Bless you? How much time will be spent in giving, praying, and serving? There’s not much time between cradle and grave. No time to waste. No time to lose. The clock ticks. The bell tolls. For whom? For me and for you. Now is the time…
Happy New Year!
Love, Fr. John B.