Announcements for September 23-29, 2012

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Brunch

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Readers’ Vespers; 7:00 pm Choir

Saturday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Sunday: 8:45 am Baptisms; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy; Brunch; BP Screening

Looking Ahead: Saturday, October 6 @ 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Classes begin

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Check this link out: http://www.stkath.org/

St. Katherine College will be holding a special benefit event October 30.  Info can be found on the website or on the poster in the parish hall.

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• September 24 = Autumnal Equinox (September 20-23) = Conception of John the Baptist

• March 25 = Spring / Vernal Equinox (March 20-23) = Conception of the Savior

• June 24 = Summer Solstice (Midsummer Day June 20-23) = Nativity of John the Baptist

• December 25 = Winter Solstice  (December 20-23) = Nativity of the Savior

• August 29 = Beheading of John the Baptist

The rotation of the earth; the earth’s circumnavigation around the sun; the movements of the tides; the seasons of the year…all these are not isolated or unrelated to our spiritual life.

The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. (Ps. 19:1)

John the Baptist is announced (and conceived) at the Autumnal Equinox, when the leaves are dying and falling from the trees.

The Lord Jesus is announced (and conceived) at the Vernal or Spring Equinox, when the green buds are bursting forth on the trees and there are signs of new life everywhere.

John the Baptist is born when the days are longest, and from his birth on they grow steadily shorter.

The Lord Jesus is born when the days are shortest, and from his birth on they grow steadily longer. John speaks truly when he says of Jesus, He must increase, but I must decrease. (Jn. 3:30)