Calling all Young Adults (Ages 20-35)




The Young Adult Ministry Meetings will now occur on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the Parish Main Hall.

The January 17, 2017 meeting will be the start of Theology of the Body – Christopher West’s, Freedom to Love Program.

Freedom to Love is a powerful, five-part study based on the Theology of the Body.  It is specifically intended for young adults and college students and is presented by popular author and expert Christopher West.  In it he lays out a convincing and refreshing road map to living a life of authentic freedom and love.  

In this study, you will learn: What the Theology of the Body is and how it can change your life; How to live a life of freedom; What real love looks like; The difference between love and lust; What the problem is with pornography; That contraception does not lead to freedom; That God has a plan for your future; …and much more.
This program has an optional but highly recommended workbook, which will be available for sale for $16.00 at the meeting.

This program is open to all young adults & college students (Ages 20-35). For more information, contact us at stfxyoungadults@gmail.com

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD


    Multiple revelations of Jesus as God are celebrated in the feast of the Epiphany. First, the angels revealed Jesus to the shepherds. In the Western Church, Epiphany celebrates Jesus’ first appearance to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi. There were three groups that reacted differently to the Epiphany of Christ’s birth. The first group, headed by Herod, tried to eliminate Him; the second group, priests and scribes, ignored Him; and the third group, represented by the shepherds and the Magi, came to adore Him. Today’s gospel reminds us that if God permitted the Magi – foreigners and pagans – to recognize and give Jesus proper respect as King, we should know that there is nothing in our sinful lives that would keep God from bringing us to Jesus. Like the shepherds and Magi, let us come and worship Jesus. Christ enriches those who bring Him their hearts. 

MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD




    Jesus is the Son of God who fulfilled the promise of God to all the nations; Mary is the mother whose faithful acceptance of God’s will led to the completion of the Lord’s plan and thus, she is rightly honored as the Mother of God. The beginning of a new year provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the special gift of time. As children of God we recall the events of the previous year and express our gratitude for all the good things that have happened, all the while being aware that there have been also been sad and painful and, perhaps, sinful realities. But most of all we celebrate the promise of a new set of months and we try to be hopeful in spite of threats of war and recession and of growing older. Like a baby we seem vulnerable as we face a new year, but the almighty power of God is hidden in the new year, just as it was hidden in the tiny Infant. God is fully prepared to wrap our fragile lives and hopes in the warmth of His ever-present and constant love. With such assurance and with the help of our loving Mother Mary, we can face the future with generous hope and with light hearts.