On February 2nd, the Church celebrates the rite of the blessing of candles, with the procession, which reminds us of the Presentation of Jesus, light of the world, in the Temple of Jerusalem. The presentation of Jesus to the temple is the symbol of consecration.

Consecrated life is the highest form of commitment to God and to the Church, but it is not reduced only to religious people who live in the convents or monasteries; it is a calling for all the baptized. At baptism, all Christians are “consecrated” with the holy Chrism.

The Parish itself could be the “convent” where the consecrated baptized lives and works. As we have many groups of committed parishioners, we could have a group of consecrated people in the parish.

Come to the celebration of THE PRESENTATION OF THE BABY JESUS to the Temple of Jerusalem; he is the light of the World. At the evening mass (7:00pm) we will celebrate the procession with lit candles.

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.