Fr Paul Zywan

World Day for Consecrated Life 

               In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2.  This feast is also known as Candlemas Day, the day on which candles are blessed, symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world.  So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus to all people.

            In a similar way, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus to all people. The celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday, to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.  Therefore the World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in parishes on this weekend, February 2-3.

            At Saint Alexis, we are blessed by the presence and loving service of Sr. Barbara Ann Balog, Sr. Jean Stoltz, Sr. Ada McMahon, and Sr. Min Shik Kim, all members of the Congregation of Saint Joseph, Baden.  We are also blessed by three members of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ community out of Prayer Town, Texas, who frequently pray with us at daily Masses at Saint Alexis.  They are Sr. Bernadette, Sr. Mary Gianna and Sr. Mary Justin, who serve at the Ark and Dove Spiritual Renewal Center in Gibsonia. 

            Please pray for all the men and woman who have given themselves to Christ and the Church by accepting the gift of consecrated religious life.  In a special way remember and give thanks for the sisters, brothers, nuns, monks, friars and priests who have played a role in your faith formation or served you in time of need.  Pray for the living and the deceased. Pray too that all religious communities will continue to embrace renewal and reform as should the entire Church.

            And as always, pray for vocations.  Being lost is a most uncomfortable feeling whereas being where you know you are called to be in God’s plan is the deepest joy. Pray that our young people are open to recognize their God-given talents and earnestly seek the Lord’s guidance in knowing how to love and serve Him. 

Prayer for Vocations to the Consecrated Life

O God, throughout the ages
you have called women and men
to pursue lives of perfect charity through the
evangelical counsels of poverty,
chastity and obedience.
We give you thanks for these courageous witnesses
of Faith and models of inspiration.
Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make
a more perfect offering of ourselves to You.
Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth
sons and daughters who, having found the pearl
of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven
above all things.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and  ever.
Amen.

A Gift of Love

     Before I arrived at Saint Alphonsus, a couple from the parish recognized a need for more substantial communion cups (small chalices) that could be used in offering the Precious Blood to the faithful at Masses.  They began to make inquiries about these sacred vessels and, after some discussion, placed the order for four communion cups.  Their gift was twofold – they wanted to honor their beloved pastor, Father Kevin Fazio, for his devoted service and pastoral care to the people of Saint Alphonsus, and respond in a meaningful way to the needs of the parish.  They were successful in accomplishing both purposes. 

     These beautiful cups were inaugurated this past weekend at the 9:30 a.m. Mass and consecrated by their use in holding the Precious Blood of Jesus.  The cups have been engraved as a remembrance in gratitude for Father Kevin’s service.

     I am grateful to this thoughtful couple who wish to remain anonymous for their generosity.  Let us not only honor them with our prayers of gratitude, but also honor their intention of prayerfully remembering those who have passed through our lives as God’s servants – in a special way, Father Kevin.  Let all that we do be in praise and honor of the Lord.  May we also express our gratitude of this couple by emulating their charity.

In Jesus’ love,

Father Zywan