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Weekly Bulletin November 15, 2020
by Terrie Evans
Our San Antonio Church community sends their prayers and condolences to Vince and Jean (Pfeiffenberger) Cerchio on the passing of her father, Robert Pfeiffenberger at the age of 90. He was husband to the late Lilian, proud Veteran of the USMC, Dad to 6, Grand and Great Granddad to 21. His funeral Mass was held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church. On Saturday, we honor the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with Mary’s parents Joachim and Anne receiving a heavenly message that the childless couple would welcome a child.
After Mary’s Birth and while still a young child, her parents brought her to the Temple in Jerusalem in thanksgiving and to consecrate her to God. In the Roman Catholic Church “We celebrate that dedication of herself which Mary made to God from her very childhood under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who filles her with grace.” In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary (In Greek Mapia) celebrate their name day. The Feast of the Presentation is also referred to as “Pro Orantibus Day” a day of prayer for cloistered religious as they set a time for total dedication to God in prayer, silence, and concealment.
Sunday, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Also known as the “Feast of Christ the King” was instituted by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in 1925. The Pope in his encyclical “Quas Primas”, stated he instituted this feast in response to growing secularism and nationalism at the time in the history of the Church. The “Feast of Christ the King” has an eschatological dimension which points to the end of time. At that time the Kingdom of Jesus will then be established in all its fullness to all the ends of the earth. The “Feast of Christ the King” on Sunday, November 22nd leads into Advent when the Church anticipates the second coming of Christ. The liturgical vestments for this feast are white or gold with keeping with other joyous feasts honoring Christ. In Anglican and Protestant Churches Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday in their Liturgical year.
On Thursday, November 26th we celebrate Thanksgiving Day by giving thanks as we spend time with our families and friends. Next Sunday, November 29th we will celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent for the next three weeks until the anticipation of The Nativity of the Lord, on Friday, December 25th, Christmas Day.