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St. John Vianney F.R.E.P. this Sunday: January 5, 2014

This Sunday, January 5, 2014 marks the 4th meeting of F.R.E.P. for the year at St. John Vianney.


We hope everyone had wonderful holiday celebrations, warmth and joy with family and friends not to mention survival of days without power throughout Genesee County. Many will certainly remember the most untimely presence of "The Ice Storm of 2013" just before Christmas for a long, long time.


As 2014 gets under way, may the joys and memories of the holidays allow us to approach the next 12 months with a positive approach. As always, the breakfast-pot luck will begin Sunday promptly at 9:00 am with grace before meals. Don't forget to bring a dish to pass, a healthy appetite to go with it and be inspired to learn even more! We look forward to seeing everyone Sunday!

St. John Vianney F.R.E.P. Dates Thru May 2014

For your convenience, don't forget to mark your new calendars with remaining dates of F.R.E.P. for the year. While the year calms down a little, the skids and slides of winter, the transition to spring and other family, social and school activities sometimes make it hard to keep track of everything. If there are any questions about any of the remaining dates scheduled, please be sure to communicate with any of the members of the F.R.E.P. Steering Committee: Lisa Burgess, Martin Jennings or Maureen Kelsey.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES:

  • January 5, 2014
  • February 2, 2014
  • March 2, 2014
  • March 30, 2014 (due to local School Spring Break Schedules)
  • May 4, 2014 – Final F.R.E.P.

Epiphany 2014: January 6, 2014 in the World

This Sunday at St. John Vianney, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany (one-day-early). Epiphany is about the encounters that change us.


A selection of the daily prayer book "Give Us This Day," may help us understand Epiphany best. "We encounter Christ through people who simply and truly are love and light. They call us, sometimes without any words, to something better. We encounter Christ through Scripture and the sacraments. Consider the poet of just a few words of Scripture to stop us, turn us around, or the graces of a heartfelt confession or the beauty of of the exchange we experience in the Eucharist. Such mingling of humanity and divinity forever changes us and sets us heavenward already on earth."


Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It was celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. It is commonly known as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, or the Feast of Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany also refers to the church season that follows the day.


It commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.


Family Activities about Epiphany and speaking of those New Year's Resolutions….

Consider the link below as a possibility for family activities related to The Feast of the Epiphany you may want to try this year:

The link below may be just the information parents have been looking for as the new year gets under way. For ideas about how to plan, discuss and work with New Years' Resolutions, take a minute and check out the link below from catholicmom.com:

2013 Christmas Eve Mass to Remember at St. John Vianney

If you were unable to attend mass on Christmas Eve this year, take a minute to enjoy the short slide-show video by clicking on the link below. From all perspectives, with standing- room-only, great support from children, youth and families and even a visit from Santa Claus after communion, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christmas Eve was a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season, for sure!

Christmas Eve Mass Slide-Show-Video Link: http://goo.gl/JVhdO2