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Archives: February 2021
We welcome our annual visiting missionary, Fr. Joshy Mathew who will invite our support for the Fransalian Agency for Social Care and Education (FAsCE India) to help vulnerable students in India.
Fransalian Agency for Social Care and Education in India (FAsCE India) is a non-profit, non-governmental, secular, voluntary organization started in 1975 and registered in 2005 to foster integrated development of individuals and communities. It is the organized and explicit expression of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales (MSFS) of the Northeast India Province towards the social, economic and educational empowering of individuals and communities, particularly the underprivileged and needy in the rural and urban, tribal and non-tribal conglomerations of the Northeastern States of India, through integral development and education.
In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. This week, Johan discusses our stained glass windows and specifically highlights the window depicting the Presentation of the Lord.
Forty days after Christmas, on February 2, we celebrate the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of Mary. Both commemorate events in the life of Jesus and Mary related to the observance of Jewish Law as narrated in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke. The day is also known as Candlemas because on that day, the mid-point of winter, candles are blessed for use in church as well as in our homes.