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February: The month dedicated to the Holy Family
The first ten days of February fall within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical color green. Green, the symbol of hope, is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. The remaining days of February are the beginning of Lent. The liturgical color changes to purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart.
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of February 2016
Universal: That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.
Evangelization: That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)
Feasts for February
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of February are:
2. Presentation of the Lord, Feast
3. Blaise; Ansgar, Opt. Mem.
5. Agatha, Memorial
6. Paul Miki and Companions, Memorial
7. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
8. Jerome Emiliani; Josephine Bakhita, Opt. Mem.
11. Our Lady of Lourdes, Opt. Mem.
17. Seven Founders of the Orders of Servites, Opt. Mem.
21. Second Sunday of Lent, Sunday
22. Chair of St. Peter, Feast
23. Polycarp of Smyrna, Memorial
28. Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday
Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for the Sundays in February are taken from St. Luke and are from Year C Cycle 2 of the readings.
February 7th - Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time -- This Gospel is about the miraculous catch of fishes after Peter and the Apostles had fished all night.
February 14th - First Sunday of Lent -- Jesus is tempted by the devil in the desert.
February 21st - Second Sunday of Lent -- The Gospel relates the story of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mt. Tabor.
February 28th - Third Sunday of Lent -- This Gospel relates the parable of the barren fig tree.
Highlights of the Month
The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Family. Between the events which marked Christmas and the beginning of Christ's public life the Church has seen fit to recall the example of the Holy Family for the emulation of the Christian family.
The Feast of the Presentation (February 2) or Candlemas forms a fitting transition from Christmas to Easter. The small Christ-Child is still in His Mother's arms, but already she is offering Him in sacrifice. February 9, Shrove Tuesday, will find us preparing for Ash Wednesday. The middle of the month will find us on Ash Wednesday accepting the ashes that remind us of our mortality and our need for penance.
The saints that we will focus on this month and try to imitate are St. Blaise (February 3), St. Agatha (February 5), St. Paul Miki & Companions (February 6), St. Jerome Emiliani and St. Josephine Bakhita (February 8), Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11), Seven Founders of the Orders of Servites (February 17), Chair of St. Peter (February 22) and St. Polycarp (February 23).
The feasts of Sts. Cyril and Methodius (February 14) and St. Peter Damian (February 21) will not be celebrated this year because they are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The feast of St. Scholastica (February 10) is superseded by the liturgy for Ash Wednesday.
From Feast to Fast
Though the shortest month of the year, February is rich in Liturgical activity, for it typically begins in one Liturgical Season (Ordinary Time), ends in another (Lent), and contains a feast (Presentation of our Lord) that bridges two other seasons (Christmas and Easter)! In addition, the faithful may receive in February three of the four major public sacramentals that the Church confers during the liturgical year: blessed candles, the blessing of throats and blessed ashes.
The Solemnity of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd harkens back to the Christmas mystery of Light except that now, Christ, the helpless babe, is “the Light of Revelation to the Gentiles who will save his people from their sins.” Candles, symbolizing Christ our Light, will be carried in procession this day, as will be the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil Liturgy.
"The Light of Revelation" shines more brightly with each successive Sunday of Ordinary Time, until its magnificence – exposing our sinfulness and need for conversion – propels us into the penitential Season of Lent. We prepare to accept the cross of blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday (February 10) and plunge ourselves into the major exercises of Lent – fasting, prayer, almsgiving – laying our thoughts and prayers on the heart of our Mother Mary. She, who offered her Son in the temple and on the Cross, will teach us how to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow after her Son.
Ideally, the members of the domestic church should try to have the candles for their home altar blessed on Candlemas Day (February 2nd); and the next morning, on the Feast of St. Blaise, all might receive the blessing of the throats. Always a solicitous Mother, the Church offers this sacramental during the wintry month of February, and also sets aside the World Day of Prayer for the Sick on February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
A Day with Jesus for Youth
Sat, Feb 20, 9:30am-3:00pm
Day of Reflection & Prayer for Youth (6th-12th grades) at St. Joseph Spirituality Center, Baden.
A fee of $15 includes lunch. (Some scholarships are available. To register, call Sister Marguerite at 724-869-6585 by Fri, Feb 12.
Vision Care from the Heart
Sat, Feb 20, 12:30-6:00pm
Vision Care from the Heart is an event with one simple purpose—to provide FREE eye exams and FREE glasses to those in need. It is hosted by founder Dr. Robert Prazer and his vision care practice, Pediatric & Adult Vision Care, 110 VIP Drive, Ste. 301, Wexford, PA 15090. Connect with us: 724-935-9999, www.SeeMyBest.com
Lenten Retreat Day
Sat, Feb 27, 9:00am-3:15pm
The season of Lent is an ideal opportunity for spiritual growth. Join us at Gilmary Center for a Lenten Retreat Day on Sat, Feb 27 from 9:00am-3:15pm. Presenter is Fr. Brian Noel. The fee is $30 per person and includes lunch. Please call 412-264-8400 for complete information on how to register. Deadline to register is Fri, Feb 19.
Strike Gold for Team Pittsburgh Transplant
Sun, Mar 6, 12:00pm
at Princess Lanes, 540 Weyman Road, Pittsburgh
Doors open at 12:00 pm; bowling starts at 1:00 pm. Basket raffles, bake sale, 50/50 cash drawing. $15 donation—3 games of bowling, which includes shoe rental. All proceeds benefit Team Pittsburgh Transplant. For tickets contact Melissa Bell at 412-600-7649, email@example.com or Tina Rothermel at 412-726-2414 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Basil Parish offers diocesan approved Pre-Cana classes for couples preparing for marriage. Our next program is scheduled for Fri, Mar 18, 6:00-9:30pm and Sat, Mar 19, 9:00am-3:00pm. The donation is $60 per couple. Please call the St. Basil parish office at 412-882-9763 to register or for more information.
Diocese of Pittsburgh Women Alive!
Sat, Apr 16
Registration opens Friday for Diocese of Pittsburgh Women Alive! In God's Mercy Conference - starting Fri, Jan 15, Catholic women can register for the 2016 conference at womenalivepgh.eventbrite.com. This day of renewal on Sat, Apr 16 at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township will include dynamic speakers such as Helen Alvaré, a George Mason University law professor and founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe, a CNN hero award winner and director of Saint Monica School in Gulu, Uganda, and Rebecca Dussault, a 2006 Winter Olympian, 2010 World Champion, wife, and mother. The day also features Mass with Bishop Zubik and the Sacrament of reconciliation. Cost is $45 and free transportation will be available from 12 locations throughout the Diocese.
For more information, visit womenalivepgh.org or follow Women Alive Pittsburgh on social media.
Consider signing up to commit to praying an assigned decade of the Rosary each day during Lent.Read more
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Additional Daily Masses
- FEB 10
Wed, Feb 10 - Sun, Mar 20Read more
Kick off event on Tue, Feb 9 at St. Paul Cathedral’s Synod Hall, corner of 5th Ave. & Dithridge
- FEB 15
Mondays during Lent, 6:30pmRead more
- FEB 16
- FEB 18
- FEB 18
- FEB 20
for current preschool students and new families for preschool through 8th gradeRead more
- FEB 20
at St. Paul CathedralRead more
- FEB 28
Rehearsal on Sun, Feb 21 at 1:30pmRead more
Celebration of Confirmation on Sun, Feb 28 at 12:00pm
- MAR 9
- MAR 13
*Change of date from Sun, Jan 24Read more
- MAR 15
- MAR 20
Palm SundayRead more
- MAR 27
Sat, Mar 26 Easter Vigil 8:30pmRead more
Sun, Mar 27 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm *NO 7:00pm Mass
- APR 12
5 week series meeting Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, begins Tue, Apr 12Read more
Please contact Erin Stuvek (email@example.com) with any questions, or if you'd like to volunteer!
- JUN 13
Save the Date...Jun 13-17Read more
- SEP 25
An informational meeting will be held on Thu, Feb 4 at 6:30pm in the Parish Ministry Center Community Room, 2nd floor. Anyone interested in the tour is welcome to attend.Read more