The Epiphany of the Lord

Jan 7, 2024

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, remembering how the magi (Gentiles from outside the local Jewish culture) are among the first to adore the Christ child, immediately bringing a multi-cultural context to the story of Jesus.  Our own celebration of this feast, using music and languages from our various ethnic origins, reminds us that our community and our worship today continues to be multi-cultural, and that we are truly enriched by the beauty of the various cultures from which we come.      To celebrate Epiphany this year our parishioners donated two new flags hanging in our narthex display: Sierra Leone (in Africa) and Luxembourg (in Europe). We are also grateful that our new International Choir is singing again this year– and I look forward to seeing many of you at our Epiphany “Dinner Around the World” on Sunday evening in McElroy Hall.

       Each month we have a second collection which supports the Frederick Co. Parish Tuition Assistance Fund.  Members of all parishes that contribute to this fund are eligible to apply for tuition assistance if their children attend an Archdiocesan-approved Catholic School.  A distribution committee (with one designated representative from each participating parish) makes the awards based solely on financial need.  Last year a total of $195,000 was awarded to qualifying families in our area! An insert in the bulletin this weekend details the application process for those who would like to apply for the upcoming 2024-25 academic year.

       Students wishing to participate in the special Catholic Schools Week Mass on 28 January at 11 AM may sign up this weekend in the narthex. Also, please remember that the completed application form and essay for the Drexel Essay Contest (to win scholarship funds) are due by Monday 15 January.

       As the City of Frederick now prohibits retailers from providing plastic bags, we will have SKD logo reusable bags for sale next weekend in the narthex.

Fr. Keith

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