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CHURCH SANCTUARY CANDLE
Our Church Sanctuary Candle is
available to be offered for the living or
deceased and will remain lit for one week.
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please complete the information below
and return the form to the Epiphany
rectory with a $25 donation. Please
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All names and donors will be posted in the
Church Bulletin.
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WEEK OF:
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ALTAR BREAD AND WINE
Altar Bread and Wine is available to be
offered for one month for the living or deceased.
If you are interested please complete the
information below and return the form to the
Epiphany rectory with a $100 donation. Please
include your phone number on the form. All
names and donors will be posted in the Church
Bulletin.
IN HONOR/MEMORY OF:
__________________________________________
MONTH: __________________________________
REQUESTED BY:
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PHONE:
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Today’s Scripture

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Two images from nature dominate
this First Sunday of Lent. In these
images we find the key for living the
next six weeks deeply and fruitfully,
as God is hoping we will live them.
The first image is that of the desert.
After Jesus was baptized, but before he began his years of
public ministry, St Mark tells us in today’s Gospel that the
Spirit “drove Jesus out into the desert,” where he
experienced temptation. Throughout the Bible, the desert is
often referred to a place of testing, where we experience our
weakness and dependence on God. Water and food are hard
to come by there, and the temperatures and emptiness are
oppressive to both the body and the mind. The desert is a
place where our illusions of self-sufficiency and comfort fade
away. When we are in the desert, either literally or
figuratively, we quickly realize that we need God. In other
words, the desert is the opposite of the Garden of Eden. It is
the place of suffering and hardship that sin has led us to.
Both original sin and our own personal sins have interfered
with God’s plan for our lives and for our world; they have
put us in need of salvation. The second image in today’s
Readings is the flood, the abundance of water that cleansed
the world of sin at the time of Noah. That ancient flood of
water foreshadowed Christian baptism, the flood of grace
that purifies our souls from sin, bringing new spiritual life
into the desert of our sin-damaged hearts. Sin and salvation:
our sins, and Christ’s loving sacrifice that leads to salvation.
These are the most fundamental aspects of our Catholic faith,
and these are the themes that should fill our hearts and minds
throughout the season of Lent.

Please pray for our sick that they may receive God’s healing strength: Teresa Morone, Albert Ferranti, Marisa Della Pia, Dom Dinella, Sarah Wallace, Marie Devlin, James Curci, Susan and Frank Addis, Eileen McClain, Grace Jones, Brian Ligato, Danielle Peters, Marie and Hugh Quigley, Geraldine DiDonato, Pam Casey, Gerri Liberato-Abbott, Louie DiBruno, Michael Cornaglia, Sr., Karen Specht, Angel Scorza, Tom and Linda Sammaritano, Sister Peg, Stephanie Sinex, Shawn Keefe, Maria Dattilo, Ashleigh Leone, Tommy Van Horn Jr., Fr. Casey, Mary Young, Rose Campolongo, Landon Reid, Vickie Ann Owens, Annette Slattery, Anna Musolino, Joann Auld, Pat Kennedy, Sr. Francine OSF, Constance DeMayo, Robert Federico, Tom Rucci