The Blessing of the Throats, a sacramental of the Church, is celebrated on February 3, the feast day of Saint Blaise. Saint Blaise was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. The blessing of throats, when conferred during Mass, follows the homily and general intercessions or, for pastoral reasons, the prayer of blessing may take the place of the final blessing of the Mass. This weekend, the blessing will be provided during Mass and those wishing to have their throats touched by the candles may do so after Mass. Please note, the blessing is valid without the additional optional step of presenting yourself at the end of Mass.
The past two years of encounter with Parishioners of St. Maurice have been a blessing for me. It has broadened my perspectives of life and, more particularly, the priestly ministry. The overwhelming support and love lavished on me cannot be overemphasized. Through this same encounter, Sacred Heart of Jesus building project has reached the roofing stage and I believe the monies accrued now will suffice for the roofing as I return to Ghana on February 12. I want to use this medium to communicate my heartfelt appreciation to all donors for your unflinching and generous contributions. I particularly want to thank Fr. Ken, Fr. John Skirtich, the parish pastoral council members, and the entire faithful who have supported this project ever since it was introduced. I assure you that your contributions would be put to good use for the glory of God. Again, any donation for the next stage is welcome. Till I return for PhD, hopefully in August, I leave you all with the peace and joy of Christ.
Love you all and God bless you.