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What is Ordinary Time

The end of the Christmas season was marked by the Baptism of the Lord, January 8 this year, and we have now moved into the season of Ordinary Time. Despite its name, there is nothing inherently “ordinary” about this season of the year. The term ordinary is just used because the weeks are numbered in an ordinal way— the Third Week in Ordinary Time, the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, and so on.
 
During Ordinary Time, we honor the mystery of Christ, especially on Sundays, though we do not focus on just one particular aspect of the mystery during the season. It is a time to reflect on Jesus’s life, teachings, and parables.

Poverty Awareness Month

The month of January is Poverty Awareness Month. Take time to reflect with Pope Francis: “If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the poor, as a response to the sacramental communion bestowed in the Eucharist.”

How does the Eucharist open your heart to your brothers and sisters in poverty?

"The Church's love for the poor . . . is a part of her constant tradition." This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. . . . "Those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a preferential love on the part of the Church which, since her origin and in spite of the failings of many of her members, has not ceased to work for their relief, defense, and liberation." Catechism of the Catholic Church. . . , nos. 2444, 2448.

The primary purpose of this special commitment to the poor is to enable them to become active participants in the life of society. It is to enable all persons to share in and contribute to the common good. The  "option for the poor," therefore, is not an adversarial slogan that  pits one group or class against another. Rather it states that the deprivation and powerlessness of the poor wounds the whole community. The extent of their  suffering is a measure of how far we are from being a true community of persons. These wounds will be healed only by greater solidarity with the poor and among the poor themselves. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Economic Justice for All, no. 88)

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Weekly Parish Calendar

 January 14th:Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Remember Mass at St. Denis begins at 10:30 am.
 January 15th: Eucharistic Holy Hour followed by dinner and a movie at St. Mary's beginning at 5:00 pm
 January 17th: Faith Formation beginning at 6 pm at St. Mary's
 January 18th:  12 of our parish members will be attend the March for Life in Washington DC.  Let us pray to end abortion.
 January 21th:  3rd Sunday in Ordinary time. Remember Mass at St. Denis begins at 10:30 am.
 Upcoming Events:  Superbowl Breakfast sponsored by the Youth Group.  Save the date: Sunday, Feb. 4th (8:30 am - 12:30 pm) St. Mary's Center in Port Sanilac. 

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MAlogoAve Maria Parish Mission Statement

Ave Maria Parish is a Catholic faith community who welcomes all people to our Christian family. We are disciples and sacramental followers of Jesus Christ. In our chosen vocations, we call upon the Blessed Mother’s intercession and recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to carry out God’s work.

We strive to grow together in holiness through prayer, reception of the sacraments, faith formation and evangelization. Through the grace of God, we extend ourselves to each other and our community to proclaim the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.