St. Anna's News

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS

Solemn High Mass on Wednesday February 3rd at 6:30 p.m. On this day  the Church celebrates our Lord’s presentation to God on the fortieth day after his birth in obedience to the Jewish Law. This is a moment of manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah when Old and New Testament come together in the testimony of the aged priest Simeon and the prophet Anna. The words of Simeon are a regular feature of the Church’s evening liturgies.

The first reading from Malachi reflects the hope of the prophets for the coming of the Messiah and the inauguration of God’s reign over all the earth. The second reading is from Hebrews. The writer explains that Jesus’ work as Savior is made possible because he is God incarnate, fully human and fully divine. God saved the human race not from the outside but by entering into the world and becoming human and, having taking humanity into the divine life, redeemed the human race.

We return today to the joy of Christmas and in our liturgy we witness to the presence of God in the world coming to us in Bread and Wine and coming to the world through us, the Body of Christ.

FOYERS GROUPS FORMING NOW!

This group is like a supper club. Groups of 4 or 5 households are combined. They decide when to schedule dinners. Dinners may be held at homes, parks (like a picnic), or other venues but not hosted at a restaurant. I know some of you have small homes. So, do a potluck at The Fly in Audubon Park, An evening sunset on the lakefront. The whole purpose is to get to know each other better. What better way in New Orleans than to have a little food and friendship. The signup sheet is in the Parish Hall. Groups will be formed following Mardi Gras. Let’s make Lent a time of getting to know each other in deeper ways.