Father Booth’s Weekly Reflection
Franciscan Sisters of the Poor of Jesus Christ
We have a wonderful group of Franciscan Sisters living next door to the church. These joyful sisters tirelessly serve the poor of Birmingham. In their efforts to conform to the charism of their namesake, Saint Francis, they take a vow of poverty and live by Divine providence. If you would like to know how you can help them, and the poor, a sign-up sheet is available. They will be extremely grateful for your support!
COVID-19 RESPONSE – MASS & DEVOTIONS
We have an additional Sunday Latin Mass at 7:30, which is intended to aid in the social distancing, and will continue on a provisional basis.
NOTE ON CONFESSIONS
If there is a significant line for confession, Fr Booth might say part of the formula of absolution while the penitent recites the act of contrition. The full formula of absolution is always said, but the first part might be said softly during the act of contrition. Thus, you might only hear “and I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
ADDITIONAL NOTE ON CONFESSIONS
Beginning in Lent we will begin using a new formula for absolution that reads: “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and poured out the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God grant you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Changes in Bold).
WELCOME TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS
We are glad you have attended Mass with us. If you wish to join Blessed Sacrament, please pick up a parish census form at the Religious Goods Counter located in the vestibule of the front entrance.
CHANGE IN DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
Beginning in the first week of January, we will have daily Mass at 8:30. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Mass will be offered in English and Mass will be offered in Latin on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The First Friday and First Saturday schedules will remain unchanged.
In memory of Walter Roberts, the sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of his soul from January 22nd to January 28th. The sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of Maxine Olson from January 29th until February 4th.
The Office of Vocations is hosting a Priesthood Discernment Weekend from Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th at Casa Maria Retreat Center in Birmingham. Fr Bazzel will lead this weekend of prayer, talks, and fellowship for men discerning a call to priesthood. Fr Vintson, Vocation Director, will be present to answer questions about discernment, the application process, and seminary life. This weekend experience is for men ages 18-35 years. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit www.bhmdiocese.org/vocations to register.
Contribution envelopes for 2023 are located in the back vestibule of the church.
PRAY FOR OUR SEMINARIANS
Please pray for our seminarians: Deacon Daniel Sessions, Patrick DePew, Max Gallegos, John Gardiner, Collins Hess, John Paul Stepnowski, Andrew Vickery, Hunter Limbaugh, Adam Sellers, Francisco Rodgriguez, Justin Brouillette, Cameron Huhlein, Patrick Letterle, Wilson Moin, and Dominic Rumore. May more good men to answer God’s call to the priesthood.
FIRST COMMUNION DATE
For 2023, Sunday, April 23rd has been identified as the date for First Communion.
2022 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS
2022 contribution statements will be mailed out early this week.
NOTE ON MASS INTENTIONS
There is about a six-month backlog on Mass Intentions. Thus, requested Mass dates cannot always be honored.
MASS SCHEDULE AND INTENTIONS (*Masses in the Rectory Chapel)
|Sat, Jan 21:||9:15 a.m.||†||Carolyn Watson Watson (by the Juneau Family)|
|4:00 p.m.||†||Eugene Mason (by Mary & Betty Mason)|
|Sun, Jan 22:||7:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Fr Jimmy Dean (by the Rumore Family)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||Special Intention for Fr Den Irwin (by the Rumore Family)|
|Mon, Jan 23:||*8:30 a.m.||Private Intention|
|Tues, Jan 24:||*8:30 a.m.||Private Intention|
|Wed, Jan 25:||*8:30 a.m.||Private Intention|
|Thur, Jan 26:||*8:30 a.m.||Private Intention|
|Fri, Jan 27:||*8:30 a.m.||Private Intention|
|Sat, Jan 28:||4:00 p.m.||Private Intention|
|Sun, Jan 29:||7:30 a.m.||†||Eugene Mason (by Mary & Betty Mason)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||Special Intention for Allison Rumore (by the Hahn Family)|
NEXT WEEK’S MASS READINGS
|4:00 p.m.||Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time||Zep 2:3;3:12-13, 1Cor 1:26-31, Mt 5:1-12|
|7:30 a.m.||Fourth Sunday after Epiphany||Rom 13:8-10, Mt 8:23-27|
|9:00 a.m.||Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time||Zep 2:3;3:12-13, 1Cor 1:26-31, Mt 5:1-12|
|10:45 a.m.||Fourth Sunday after Epiphany||Rom 13:8-10, Mt 8:23-27|