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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time : February 1, 2015

Gospel reading ( Mark 1: 21 – 28)

Then they came to Capernaum, and on the Sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Brief commentary

For Mark and the Christians of the first century the “unclean spirit” and other “demons” represented evil, mysterious powers hostile to God. In today’s text, the unclean spirit reveals Jesus’ identity and tries to derail him from his mission. Jesus’ words are not only authoritative, but they effect what they say. Everyone was amazed by his teaching and power. Mark is not concerned with stories about Jesus’ birth, but about establishing his identity as the Son of God. Already in chapter 1 Jesus’ powerful actions had drawn followers and enemies and caused his reputation to spread throughout Galilee.

PEACE

“May the risen Lord, the conqueror of sin and death, be a support to you all, especially to the weakest and neediest. Thank you for your presence and for the witness of your faith...To all of you I affectionately say again: may the risen Christ guide all of you and the whole of humanity on the paths of justice, love and peace.”
Pope Francis

Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

— Psalm 95:6

CHRIST NEEDS YOU

CHRIST has no body now but Yours,
no Hands, no feet on earth but Yours.
Yours are the Eyes through which
He looks Compassion on this world.
Yours are the hands with which HE blesses all the world.

St. Teresa of Avila.


2015 ARCHBISHOP'S CHARITY AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVE

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The annual Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD) has already begun. The Archbishop Thomas Wenski has recently sent to many of our parishioners a packet with information explaining this campaign, and envelopes for donations. Anyone who has not received this packet may take one today at the end of the Mass. They can be found at both entrance doors of the church. This Sunday, February 1st, we will present a video with more information at all the Masses. Some of our parishioners have already sent donations. Many thanks.

  • Quota assigned to St. Agnes…………..$292,000
  • Pledges already made…………………..$25,920
  • Amount we need to fulfill our quota…$266,080
ALTAR ROSARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The St. Agnes Altar Rosary Society is having their annual Membership Drive after all morning and afternoon Masses this Saturday and Sunday, February 7st and 8nd, 2015.

We welcome all who wish to join us.

MEN’S EMMAUS RETREAT

Men’s Emmaus Retreat will be held on February 27, 28 and March 1, 2015 in English at the Youth Center.

For more information please call Milton Ruiz at (305) 283-3819 or email drmilty@gmail.com.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Could you not watch one hour with me? Mt. 26:40

Can you commit to one of these hours?

Sunday: 12 Midnight, 6:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 8:00 pm.
Tuesday: 4:00 am.
Wednesday: 8:00 pm.
Saturday: 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

Please call: (305) 798-7896 for more information, Thank you!

SCHOOL NEWS
  • St. Agnes’ celebration of Catholic Schools Week was great fun and a great success! Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration that focuses attention on the good work done by the nation’s Catholic schools. The theme was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
  • Applications for the 2015-16 school year are available here from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.
  • Tours of the school are available by appointment. If you would like to sign up for a tour, please call us at (305) 361-3245 ext. 203.
Humor Corner

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?”

The mother replied, “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.”

The child thought about this for a moment then said, “So why is the groom wearing black?”