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STANISLAUS PARISH PLEASANT VALLEY, NY JANUARY 4, 2009 EPIPHANY OF THE LORD WWW.SAINTSTANISLAUS.NET **BIRTHDAY GREETINGS** January 4 Kevin McCarthy, Kathleen Marrinan, James Reed, Katherine Wimmers, Susan Valesey, Lawrence Battistoni, Jessica Morano, Tatum Pittman, Rosemary ANNOUNCED MASSES Bolde, Lauryn DelBiondo, Victoria Daniels, Darlene Saturday, January 3 Kemlage, Madison Devlin 9:00am Special Intention January 5 5:30pm Special Intention Kathleen McKenna, Patricia Duggan, Victor Pociask, Laura Tomasetti, Nancy Jacobs, Jordan Futyma, Sunday, January 4 Lawrence Potenza, Charles McCutcheon, Natalia 7:30am Special Intention Mangione 9:00am Rocco Cacchio – Terri & Joe Fulton 11:00am John Raffaele – The Kurdziel Family January 6 Lindsay Mang, Colleen Devine, Michael Cohan, Leonard Monday, January 5 Spano, Lindsey Wood, Brandon Hall, Ethan O’Connor, 9:00am Special Intention Jeffrey Byrnes, Justin Sutka, Michael Kelly, Danielle Riccardulli, Aaron Rowe, William Spano-Cody Tuesday, January 6 9:00am Special Intention January 7 John Miller, Bryan Minholz, Paul Contarino, Daniel Wednesday, January 7 Sheehan, Jeffrey Denning, Peter Bungartz, Richard 9:00am Special Intention Kemlage Thursday, January 8 January 8 9:00am James Dunn – The Dunn Family Jennifer Selage, Mary-Jo Sabia, Dillon Mccutcheon, Olivia Beltrani, Susan Hill, Diane Keil Tracey Rancourt, Friday, January 9 Joshua Dean, Rrenee Crane, Melissa Becerra, Kathleen 9:00am Special Intention Meyer, Melissa Tomkins, Kathleen Tracy Saturday, January 10 January 9 9:00am Special Intention Frances Gotthardt, Christian Marchena, Jon-Michael 5:30pm Lawrence Brost – Lawris Barrett Hudak, Catherine Tice, Thomas Konyn, Michael Viola, Nicole Palumbo, Lauren Weber, Kevin Sheehan, Frank ST. STANISLAUS IS A TITHING PARISH Moschetto, James Donatelli, Angela Hill, Franco God’s Plan for Giving Colantuono, Rachel Brideau, Kiera Bove, Melissa Devlin In return for the Lord’s generosity, our people returned to His Church the following January 10 Joseph Osso, Eleanor Robertson, Beth Demmel, Robert December 28, 2008 - Next Week Hill, Thomas Quinn, Donald Conahan, Gina Kostik, Thank you for your continuing generosity that enables us Allie Hammell, Laura Baird to continue to serve the people of God 432-page 1 FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY 3RD ANNUAL COMUNION BREAKFAST FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS The Catechetical Office invites all catholic teachers in public schools to the Third Annual Communion Breakfast for Catholic Teachers in Public Schools. Bishop Lagonegro, Vicar for Orange County, will be the celebrant and homilist. Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Studies at Fordham University will be our keynote speaker. Come join us and share in the Eucharist and breakfast. The date is Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 10.00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Riverview Caterers, One Warburton Avenue, Hastings On Hudson, New York. A suggested donation of $15 is requested. Registration forms are available at the parish office or can be downloaded from www.nyfaithformation.org. DUTCHESS COUNTY CYO EVENT Saturday, February 7, 2009 WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER Join Nets Basketball and the Dutchess County CYO “Nations shall walk by your light…” We as Catholics program to celebrate the basketball season in style with must be a light to the world. Spend a weekend growing a special Pre-Game Event for all CYO participants! closer to your spouse and to god and make your Dutchess County CYO participants are invited to play marriage/Holy Orders to a “light” shining brighter than where the pros play on the IZOD Center Court from 3 ever. The next worldwide Marriage encounter Weekend pm to 5 pm. Don’t miss your opportunity to play is February 13 – 15. Early registration is highly basketball and be on the same court as your favorite recommended. For more information go to: NBA players. On top of the special pre-game www.wwmearchny.org or call toll free: 877-NYS- festivities, you will enjoy an exciting night of NBA WWME action with fellow church members, family and friends as Josh Boone, Vince Carter and the Nets go head to head with Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony and the rest WORLD MARRIAGE DAY – of the Denver Nuggets. Pre-Game event begins at 3, FEBRUARY 8, 2009 watch the Nets & Nuggets practice from 5-6:30pm and Plans for World then enjoy the game at 7:30pm. The cost of the game Marriage Day 2009 are is $10 for CYO participants and $30 fro friends and underway. This annual family. For more information or to order tickets celebration honors the contact Chris Fields at (845)462-8790 or e mail at vocation of marriage and firstname.lastname@example.org. family life, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the largest Catholic pro-marriage and family movement in the world. The search is on for the longest married couple in the Archdiocese of New York! To enter, the couple must be sacramentally married for a minimum of 65 years and The story of the Magi traveling hundreds of miles in live in the Archdiocese of NY. The winning couple(s) search of the Babe of Bethlehem has intrigued will be honored on Sunday, February 8th at St. Patrick’s generations of hearers. Many conjectures have been put Cathedral at the 10:15a.m. Mass. Send entries to: Gene forward as to their identities, occupations, and even as to and Connie Jaconetti, 32 Poillon Ave., Staten Island, NY the reality of their existence. (The latter is not in 10312. Deadline for entries is 1-30-08. For further info question at least by the citizens of Cologne who believe or reservations, contact Nancy Rizzi (212) 371-1011 x their remains are present in the Cathedral of that city.) 3190; 718-317-5881 On this feast of the Epiphany let us permit our lives to be informed by the lessons we can take from the Gospel account. 432-page 2 Although we might not know exact details about their lives, conniving king they promised to return and inform all in we can make some statements on the basis of the use of Jerusalem of their findings. logic. When we first encounter the visitors from the East the term used to introduce them refers to Persian priests. When they come upon the scene they realize its power This designation gives us some insight into their lives. As beyond their expectations. They open the coffers bearing priests they were esteemed by their community. This is due gifts of great value, gifts which speak of royalty, gifts to the fact that their education probably outpaced that of the which recognize the supreme authority of the child. average man in their society. As now, such a background Celebrating their find they had every intention of returning included a certain exposure to foreign languages and to Herod for the news they possessed was too great not to cultures beyond their own. A classic education of that time share. They received, however, a sign they were convinced would also explore the sciences then known such as which came from the true God that they should return home astronomy, anatomy, and alchemy as well as mathematics. and share the wonders there which they had experienced. Additionally, being priests ensured that their perspective Herod, for his part, learning that his informants were not was not limited to the material and viable. They were returning issued an ultimate order: destroy all male seekers of order in the universe and rules of continuity and children under the age of two. For he recognized as did the human progress. The deities differed greatly from the Persian priests: “He is the Prince of Peace, the King of monotheistic Jewish God. Knowing the miles that they Kings, Wonder-Counselor.” In opposite ways they would be called upon to travel and the retinue necessary to received the same message and utilized all means at their support the trip, it is not too much to assume that they were disposal to respond to it. men of means. What was the origin of their wealth. Perhaps the communities to which they belonged were During this Christmas Season we have heard the good theocratic in nature. This would explain why they are often News of God’s unconditional love in the Incarnation and pictured as kings fulfilling both sacred and secular roles. Birth of the God-man, Jesus Christ. In this year of Our As a result of what they learned, they began their fateful Lord are we willing to fully commit ourselves to accepting journey. its life changing implications? Are we willing to manifest to our family members, business associates, and even Though we are used to driving to New York City in one strangers our faith in the Messiah? Are we willing to and a half hours or flying to Florida in four hours, before struggle to reject those values which do violence to our developments of the last two centuries travel was a very spirituality and support only the materialism and secularity difficult proposition. The Magi had to endure a desert heat of the modern era? Father Raymond E. Brown in his “An which would typically top 105 F which in the dark of night Adult Christ at Christmas” advises us that the contemporary became an antonym of freezing temperatures. But nature believer is the successor to the Magi who say “the star of was not the only danger to be faced. Gangs of marauders the King of the Jews at its rising and see…the one whose threatened all on the various trading routes used by not only kingship would not be visible historically until he had hung merchants but also government officials, such as on the Cross…and would not be communicable until he ambassadors, as well as men and women seeking had been elevated to God’s right hand through the employment and more prosperous futures. Additionally, as resurrection.” (14) May we be worthy of the divine call of people went from settlement to settlement they had to be bringing forth the kingdom he inaugurated from his manger satisfied with sparse accommodations. One could not in Bethlehem. expect, of course, the comforts of home but the oases of hospitality lacked even the most elementary sense of Let us welcome the Christ who has welcomed us. privacy: people always outnumbered the areas set aside for sleeping, food frequently spoiled and disease was not uncommonly present and transmitted easily. Vivat Jesus The eastern sages had observed the star but probably did Fr. Brian not know exactly its meaning. They surmised that such an event must have a bearing on the future for did they not understand that all earthly matters are subject to the astral RELIGIOUS EDUCATION power. They were so convinced of its significance that they The Religious Education Office reopens on Monday, placed in jeopardy their positions and possessions. As they January 5th and classes resume on Tuesday, January 6th. drew near to the territory of the Kingdom of ancient Israel now under the control of the Romans they met the empire’s puppet: Herod. A singularly insecure person he could at least provide the visitors with a cadre of colleagues who 432-page3 had made the same observations. Wanting to believe the