On December 27, 2020, the U.S. Government enacted a second stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new stimulus package extends many of the charitable giving provisions outlined in the original CARES ACT signed in March 2020.
Donor-advised funds (DAF) are the fastest-growing charitable giving vehicle in the United States because they are one of the easiest and most tax-advantageous ways to give to charity.
We are asked to pray for our friends in the CHRISTUS Health System, who are on the front lines of the COVID battle.
Performed by Lena Gokelman (organ) and Christopher Gokelman (viola).
We, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, affirm the statement made by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) regarding the tragic events of yesterday in Washington, DC. We join with the world in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and lawlessness in our nation’s capital. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy.
Epiphany, also called Feast of the Epiphany, Theophany, or Three Kings’ Day, (from Greek epiphaneia, “manifestation”), occurs on January 6, 12 days after Christmas. The Catholic Church moves the celebration of the feast to the closest Sunday as to give more weight to the feast. Epiphany commemorates the first manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi. Epiphany is one of the three principal and oldest festival days of the Christian church (the other two are Easter and Christmas). Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and other Western churches observe the feast on January 6, while some Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Epiphany on January 19, since their Christmas Eve falls on January 6.
Today’s Gospel is Mark’s account of the feeding of the 5,000. It’s a bit discombobulating to read about Jesus’ public life, so soon after we have celebrated His birth. One commentator makes a bit of sense of this when he points out that “being in the company of Jesus, listening to him, they (the 5,000 who had followed him to that hilltop) discovered or better understood their divine origin, their connectedness, their human rights, and their potentiality. He unveiled to them their greatness! He had a way to make a person his or her most shining self” (Joseph Donders, With Hearts on Fire).