Father Carey’s Pastor’s Corner
(Week of 01/29/2023)

My Dear Friends,

This weekend, we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Sermon on the Mount begins today. This beautiful sermon presents us with many familiar teachings of Jesus, such as the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer and the Golden Rule. Today’s Gospel presents us with the glorious and very high calling of the Beatitudes. This teaching on the Beatitudes sets the stage for the many other lessons Jesus taught.

The Beatitudes are certainly a teaching about morality, but the lessons are not the same as many of the moral teachings that the people were familiar with. Up until that time, morality was primarily seen as a list of forbidden practices. “Thou shall not…” was the general tone. However, the Beatitudes take morality to a much higher level. In this new teaching, Jesus did not start with that which was forbidden or that which was a violation of God’s Law. Instead, He explained that reaching for these ideals brought forth the greatest fulfillment in life. Morality was not only a list of regulations one needed to avoid. At the heart, morality was now presented by our Lord as a glorious journey to perfection. The result of this journey was the attainment of the Kingdom of Heaven. Reflect, today, upon Jesus calling you to follow Him up the mountain of the Beatitudes. Trust in God’s grace. Commit yourself to the journey of perfection and do not hesitate on the way, and you, too, will be rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven.

This Sunday, we begin Catholic Schools Week. The theme for this year is “Walking Together in Faith & Love.” To kick off this week-long celebration, we are inviting some of our families from Assumption Academy to be present at the 10 AM Mass to participate at the Mass and acknowledge them. Many fun activities are planned throughout this week to celebrate all that makes Assumption Academy so special. On Friday, we will end the week with an International Dinner & Dance Party. Traditionally this has been a buffet dinner (full of dishes from all over the world) and cultural dances for all of our families to participate. I thank our principal, Patty Welsh as well as the entire staff & faculty for all of their hard work & dedication to make our Academy such a wonderful place for our little children to develop, learn and grow.

On Thurs., Feb. 2nd, we will celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This day is also referred to as “Candlemas Day.” We will have our usual morning Mass at 8 AM. I invite you to bring candles from your home to be blessed at the Mass. You can simply place them upon the table near the Baptismal Font prior to the Mass.

The following day on Feb. 3rd, we will celebrate the feast of St. Blaise, bishop & martyr. As is customary, we will have the Blessing of Throats at all of our Masses next weekend, Feb. 4th & 5th for those who could not be present on his actual feast day.

Our Ladies of Our Lady of the Assumption (LOLA) will host their annual Buffet & Bingo Bonanza this coming Sat., Feb. 4th at the Italian American Club. Doors open at 6 PM. Games start at 7 PM. The cost is $35 per person and includes 10 Bingo Cards as well as a Hot Roast Pork and Meatball Buffet. Raffle Baskets and a 50/50 will also be available for those who wish to participate. Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 30th at www.olastrafford.org/bingobonanza. Also, you may contact Marge DiGiacomo at (610) 688-3453 for details about this event and future events as well. I thank all of the members of LOLA for their hard work & dedication and for making these special events for our parish an opportunity for us to gather together for fun as a family of faith.

The Men of the St. Blaise/Curran Memorial Group will be attending this annual retreat on Feb. 3rd – 5t, 2023. We invite you to attend & prayerfully consider inviting another person as well. For more info and registration, please visit the Malvern Retreat House website at www.malvernretreat.com or you may simply call Tony Gentile @ 610-513-6834.

May God continue to bless you and your families and once again I am so grateful for your prayerful and financial support to our parish of Our Lady of the Assumption.

Love and Prayers,
Father Carey