With the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we close our liturgical celebration of Christmas. Although Christmastide lasts until the Feast of the Presentation on February 2nd (also known as Candlemas), we begin Ordinary time on Monday, the 11th. But not for long! Easter is early this year—March 27th. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, occurs early next month—February 10th!
We have just a month of Ordinary Time before we start our preparation for Easter with the penitential season
of Lent. Please take this time to be attentive in prayer and discern what the Lord is calling you to this Lent in preparation for the great Feast of Easter.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.