Weekly Musings from the Priest Administrator
Saint James Church, St. Augustine, FL
A Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate
of the Chair of Saint Peter

Saint Patrick of Ireland

Well, what can I say on a day like this? Except, enjoy it through the good intercessions of the famed saint of Ireland. And don't forget - it is permissible to consume your corned beef and cabbage today IF you engage in a "compensatory discipline" in the place of abstinence, either today or tomorrow. Got that on pretty good authority, so run with it!

And also remember that next Monday (which happens to be the Vernal Equinox) is the transferred feast of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, so special prayers are certainly in order on that day. And finally, to boot, I'm giving you a week-ahead/heads-up concerning both the Special Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord to the BVM, and the diocesan Eucharistic Congress up at the Prime Osborne Center in Jacksonville, both occurring March 25th. The Annunciation, believe it or not, is actually the beginning of the Christmas Cycle, way before December, an explicit acknowledgment that our Lord, though virginally conceived, came otherwise into this world the usual way, and his mother had to carry him in her womb for nine months, like the rest of us. In other words, the Mystery of the Incarnation is truly a wonder besides being a mystery, a wonder that such an awesome God would choose to so closely identify with our very humble state. More about the Annunciation in next week's Musings.

I am attaching, for your private devotions and preparation for tomorrow's vigil Mass, another exercise in Lectio Divina, courtesy of the USCCB in Washington, D.C. I will not directly refer to it tomorrow, but I hope you find it of some value in the meantime.

And also please remember that our 2017 Bishop's Appeal is in full swing, the initial announcement of which I deferred for two weeks for good pastoral and practical reasons. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, but have not yet received a solicitation brochure and pledge card, just drop me a line. Remember please, also, when you fill out the pledge card to clearly indicate that St. James, St. Augustine (there are TWO St. James' now in the Ordinariate!) is your community of affiliation, whether or not you're a full member of the Ordinariate, or an affiliate member. Thank You so much; it will help us reach our HQ-stipulated goal of nearly $800 this year.

That's it for now. Do enjoy this "Bonsoir", as the temperatures moderate from the past couple days. Just glad I'm not in Boston where my youngest daughter and her family reside. My granddaughters may like to make snow angels, but as for me, if I never see the stuff again it would be too soon!

Blessings to you all,
Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min.

Lectio Divina