Important Dates to Remember:
January 14/15: No classes—Martin Luther King Day
January 21/22: Regular Classes
January 28: Grade 4 Mass and Family Gathering—the children in Grade 4 will be presenting their posters on the Ten Commandments at the 9:00 Family Mass. Follow-ing the Mass the students, and at least one parent, will attend Café Julia together, and then meet in the Parish Center Hall for a Family Gathering, See more details in the email.
Did you know…that we are back in Ordinary time, and today (Sunday, January 14) is the Second Sunday in Ordi-nary Time? We call this season “Ordinary Time”, because we are counting the Order of the Sundays, not because what we hear and do is Ordinary! The color of the vest-ments is green. Our Church Calendar is set up by priori-tizing the date of our most important celebrations. First is Triduum, which includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday must be celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Then we work backwards from there—Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and the five Sundays before that are the five Sundays in Lent. Then we put into place the eight Sundays of Easter, starting with Easter Sunday, and ending on Pentecost Sunday.
We always know that Christmas, our second most im-portant celebration, is on December 25. We count four Sundays prior to that as Advent. Once we have those dates in place, we fill in the remainder with Ordinary Time Sundays, starting backwards from Christ the King Sunday (#34) to reach the end of the Easter Season, and then forwards from the Baptism of the Lord (#1) to Lent. Included are some special Holy Days. Sometimes we don’t have some counted Sundays, such as the 8th or 9th Sunday of Ordinary Time!
Now you know how to count our Sundays!
Parents—be sure that you have put all of your child’s grade level events on your 2018 calendar! The children and at least on parent are expected to participate in the Café Julia and Family Gathering moments! Children pre-paring to receive the Sacraments MUST attend the work-shops!