Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Bishop Senior Pays Homage to the Feast of the Epiphany at St. Matthew’s in Dauphin

Eleven years ago, faithful parishioners gathered for the dedication of their beautiful new church by Bishop Joseph McFadden as spring was beginning to blossom along Second Mountain and Stoney Creek that meanders its way by the mountain and St. Matthew Parish, some three miles outside of the hamlet of Dauphin.

On the feast of the Epiphany, January 7, Bishop Timothy Senior made a pastoral visit to celebrate Holy Mass and enjoy brunch with the faithful. Father Paul Clark, pastor and Diocesan Judicial Vicar, warmly welcomed Bishop Senior as the season’s first snowstorm was winding down.

“Though the Magi brought wonderful gifts to the baby Jesus, when they saw the newborn King, the Messiah, the gifts were no longer important. The baby was, and paying homage to Christ was more important. The gifts meant nothing now that they met Jesus,” Bishop Senior said in his homily.

“Are we open to following the star in our lives and making the necessary sacrifices?” Bishop Senior asked the congregation. “Are we responding to the star, the light? We all need it. What do I need to do to open my heart to the light of Jesus? …. Sometimes the light is there, it is out there, but we do not go to it. The star represents the deepest longings of life, of eternal life. The Magi are our inspiration, an example of how we too should seek the light of Jesus.”

Bishop Senior greeted all the faithful of St. Matthew Parish after Mass and joined in fellowship of the brunch prepared by the parish families.

(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)

By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness

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