St Raphael Church
This weekend we continue with Ordinary Time. But there is nothing ordinary about this time...
There are 33 or 34 weeks of Ordinary Time depending on how the feasts fall. These contain the rest of Jesus’ earthly ministry and some of the major events of the Gospels. The miracles, the parables, the calling of the twelve, the sermon on the mount, the bread of life discourse. . . we get all that and more during this season.
Ordinary, in this context, comes from the Latin term ordinalis, meaning ‘numbered’ or ‘ruled’. This title simply refers to the ongoing and rhythmical nature of the season. Just like everyday life, there is a rhythm to the days and the weeks. There is more to the life of Christ than what we celebrate during Christmastide and Eastertide.
Technically, Ordinary Time has two parts, but it remains one season. The first part begins right after the feast of the Epiphany and runs until Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. The second part begins the Monday after Pentecost and runs until the First Sunday of Advent. This part is typically about twice the length of the first.
On this, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, as Jesus draws us to himself through the longings of our hearts, he asks us "What are you looking for?" God's law is within our hearts. He has given us the love and desire to delight in doing his will because of the Holy Spirit who unites us with Jesus Christ and frees us to say "Here I am" as we hear him call to us.
The 10 am Sunday Mass will continue to live stream for those who are not able to attend in person or who do not feel comfortable in attending due to health risks.
You MUST SIGN UP to be able to attend as we are still limited in the number of people allowed in the church at one time.
We hope each of you will continue to celebrate Mass in person or at home, pray and feel his LOVE through the Blessed Eucharist
God Bless You!
The Priests and Staff of St Raphael Catholic Church