January 8, 2017
February 2 celebrates the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary forty days after the birth of Christ, at which time, in accordance with the Old Law, she presented her first-born Son in the temple and was ritually purified. Receiving the Child Jesus, Simeon prophesied that he would be "a light to the revelation of the Gentiles". Because of this, light and candles play an important role in the Mass for this Feast, which is commonly called Candlemas.
On Feb. 2, Candlemas will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Before the High Mass begins, there will be a blessing of the candles followed by a short procession. Please place candles you want blessed in the designated area by the altar at least 15 minutes before Mass starts. Candles should be unscented and preferably contain at least 51% beeswax. After the blessing, they are to be used for devotional purposes and during storms and times of trouble.