St. Peter Celestine Church is known for its fine building and its superb original interior decor
intact from 1892 – one of 3 Canadian churches known to retain Classic Italianate decoration.
Adoration, Confession and Rosary
1st Sunday of the Month, Adoration & Confession 8:15am – 8:45am.
The Rosary (all other Sundays) 8:30am – 8:50am. Mass 9am.

Job Posting

St. Michael’s and St. Peter Celestine parishes are seeking
to hire a new part-time parish secretary for our joint office.
18-20 hours per week, $23/hr starting pay.
If you are interested and qualified please send resumes
to Fr. Matthew at pastor@stmcorkery.ca

 

Presentation of the Lord – Feb 2nd

(Luke 2:22-35) When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. He took Jesus up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples. And His father and His mother marveled at what was said about Him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”

This day has various names, meanings, and traditions. The Presentation of the Lord is also known as the Purification of Mary, it’s also known as the Meeting of the Lord in the Christian East and it’s also the Feast of Candlemas, marking forty days after Christmas, the end of that liturgical season. The multiple names and meanings of today’s Feast have given birth to varied cultural expressions. The biblical account of the Presentation is the source for the “two turtle doves” in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” for the sword piercing Mary’s Immaculate Heart in Catholic iconography, for the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the rosary, and for the Canticle prayed by all the world’s priests and nuns every single night of their lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ, forty days after His birth, in keeping with the biblical significance of the number forty was presented in the temple in Jerusalem by His parents, Mary and Joseph. After the Presentation, Jesus would enter the temple again as a boy and later as an adult. He would refer to His own body as a temple which He would raise up in three days. Jesus’s life was a continual self gift to God the Father from the very beginning to the very end.

February – Month of the Holy Family

The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family. The special devotion which proposes the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue of all Christian households began in the 17th century. It started almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family was founded in Montreal in 1663, and by the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674. This devotion soon spread and in 1893 Leo XIII expressed his approval of a feast under this title and himself composed part of the Office. The feast was welcomed by succeeding Pontiffs as an efficacious means for bringing home to the Christian people the example of the Holy Family at Nazareth, and by the restoration of the true spirit of family life, stemming, in some measure, the evils of present-day society.

On the Feast of the Holy Family, St. John Paul II exhorted all families:

“Dear brothers and sisters, let us look to the Holy Family of Nazareth as an example for all Christian and human families. It radiates genuine love and charity, not only creating an eloquent example for all families, but also offering the guarantee that such love can be achieved in every family unit. May those who are engaged to be married be inspired by the Holy Family in their preparation for matrimony; may spouses look to it as they build their domestic community. May faith grow and may love, harmony, solidarity, mutual respect and openness to life reign in every home.”

Prayers and Novena: The Holy Family ➤ here