FROM THE PASTORíS DESK
By Fr. Terry Kerner

Just a note for Folks thinking about income tax reporting. Statements of Contribution to the parish are available upon request by calling the parish office, dropping a note of request in the Offertory collection or by sending in the coupon that will be running for several weeks in the parish bulletin. The Statements list all your 2017 donations to the parish EXCEPT the CSA (Catholic Services Appeal). If calling the office for your report please do so during office hours 9 AM to Noon and 1 PM4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. (Calling at any other time you will risk me picking up the phone. At my age I might not even hear the phone let alone remember what you wanted!) The best way to make your request is in writing. Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you who so very generously contributed financially to the parish in 2017. Your kind support helps make a great St. Kateri Parish!

Have a good week and a healthy 2018. 

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Why do we have a liturgical season called ordinary time? Can you explain?

Ordinary time is the longest season of the liturgical year. It begins the Monday after January 6, the Epiphany, and goes until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. That period can last anywhere from five to eight weeks, depending on when Easter is celebrated. Ordinary time picks up again the Monday after Pentecost Sunday and lasts from twenty-three to twenty -seven weeks, until the end of the liturgical year, the Saturday before Advent begins.

Why the name ordinary? "Ordinary" is not in contrast to "extraordinary" or "special" but rather stresses the Latin language notion of "ordinal" or numbered Sundays. The Latin title for the season, "tempus ordinarium," conveys the sense that this time of the year is measured or numbered time. Measured time can allude simply to the numbered Sundays, or the notion that these Sundays are a "measured" time to deepen and immerse ourselves completely in the realities of Jesus' incarnation, ministry, passion, death, and resurrection.

Ordinary time offers us the measured opportunity to connect the ordinary lived experiences of our lives with those of Jesus, who modeled for us how to live a truly human existence. As we experience the season of ordinary time, let us immerse ourselves in the extraordinary task of deepening our relationship with Christ in the ordinary events of life.

 

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