Happy Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord!

The Christmas Season is coming to a close. Tomorrow is the Baptism of the Lord and the “official” ending is the Presentation (February 2).

But today we celebrate the day the Three Wise men gave homage to our sweet baby Jesus. For information about this lovely feast, go here.

3 Wisemen

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Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

I know I am putting this out extra early since it isn’t even Christmas yet; however, I am starting my yearly blogging break starting next week and I didn’t want to wait until January to put this up.

Thus, without further ado, here it goes:

Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

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Saints and Feasts

January 1Mary, Mother of God (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

January 1: First Friday Devotions (optional)

January 2:  Sts. Basil & Gregory, priest (obligatory)

January 2: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

January 3: Epiphany observed in United States (solemnity)

January 4: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (obligatory memorial)

January 5: St. John Neumann, bishop (obligatory memorial)

January 6: Official feast day for Epiphany  (Solemnity)

January 6: St Andre Bessette, religious (optional memorial)

January 7: St. Raymond of Pennafort, religious (optional memorial)

January 10: Baptism of the Lord (feast)

January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, religious (optional memorial)

January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Fabian, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Sebastian, martyr (optional memorial)

January 21: St. Agnes, martyrs, virgin and martyr (obligatory memorial)

January 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (United States)

January 23: St. Vincent of Zaragossa, deacon and martyr (optional memorial)

January 23: St. Marianne Cope, Virgin (optional memorial)

 January 25: Conversion of Saint Paul (feast)

January 26: Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops (obligatory memorial)

January 27: St. Angela Merici, religious (optional memorial)

January 28: St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Childhood of Jesus.

January 1: New Year’s Day

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Tweetable: Saints and Feasts in January 2016

7 Quick Takes: (Almost) Ephiphany Edition

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Although here in the US we celebrate the feast of Epiphany on the Sunday between January 6th and 8th, today is the “official” or traditional feast day of Epiphany.

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As I was looking for suggestion on how to make the feast of Epiphany special for my family, I came across this house blessing on the USCCB website.

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On the Youtube home page there was a link to a video of a young man of 18 who died of a serious heart condition on Christmas Evening. He uses flashcards to tell his story (no words), but I got tears in my eyes watching this video:

No matter what a person believes in regards to near-death experiences, one can still be touched by this young man’s spirit. My heart and prayers go out to his surviving family and I am praying for the repose of his soul.

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I can’t believe that I am actually going back to college! For a long time I have wanted to go back to school to get a bachelor’s degree in English, and the Lord has opened the doors for it to happen. I am taking two online courses to start: “Business Writing” and “The Short Story” starting January 18.

It is very exciting but I’m kind of nervous, too. I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve been in a classroom, but let’s just say it’s been a long while. 😉

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Please say a quick prayer for my six-year-old son who isn’t feeling well. He has a cold and an upper respiratory infection. He is definitely on the mend, and sounds worse then he says he feels; still, he has had some severely painful sinus headaches. Thanks!

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Are you familiar with paperback swap? I joined recently and loving it.

It’s kind of a book club where you earn credits that you can use to get other books for “free”. When you join the site and upload 10 books, you get 2 credits to get you started. You can use these credits to choose a book from the hundreds of choices. When someone orders one of your uploaded books, you earn one credit when he or she confirms that the book has been received.

The only payment is the shipping. You pay the shipping to send the books to those who requested them and when you request a book, the sender pays the shipping to you. Using media mail, the shipping is around $2.82 and upwards, depending on the weight of the book.

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My “theme” or “word” for 2012 is “peace“. My scripture reflection for the year is John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

My prayer for you is that you be filled with God’s peace and joy in the midst of any and all struggles and challenges you may face (or are facing) in your life.

Peace(Photo Credit.)

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