[this post has been edited since publishing]
This is a bit late due to computer issues, but here we go....
Our year commences with a month which Holy Church dedicates to the Holy Name of Jesus. A Name which is so often disrespected in our culture, a sin against the Second Commandment of God, Lord have mercy. How do we respond when those around us take this Name in vain? It is in these moments when our friendship with Christ is truly tested. Do we allow entertainment in our home which freely disregards the holiness of God's Name? What effect does this have on us? What effect does it have on our children? Perhaps we can all do better in these matters in the coming year. If we defend Christ before man, He will defend us before the Father!
Here are some of the notable feastdays of this month:
1/1-Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Circumcision of Our Lord (trad)
1/2-Most Holy Name of Jesus (trad)/Saint Basil the Great
1/3-Most Holy Name of Jesus (new)
1/4-Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
1/5-Saint John Neumann
1/6-Epiphany of Our Lord (trad)/Saints Caspar, Balthasar & Melchior, the Three Wisemen (non-standard)/First Friday
1/8-Epiphany of Our Lord (new)/The Holy Family (trad)
1/9-Baptism of Our Lord (new)
1/13-Baptism of Our Lord (trad)
1/15-Our Lady of Prompt Succor/Saint Paul the First Hermit
1/16-Our Lady of Refuge (non-standard)
1/18-Chair of Saint Peter at Rome (non-standard)
1/21-Saint Agnes, Martyr
1/23-Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary (non-standard)
1/24-Saint Francis de Sales (new)
1/25-Conversion of Saint Paul
1/27-Saint John Chrysostom
1/28-Saint Thomas Aquinas "The Angelic Doctor"
1/29-Saint Francis de Sales (trad)/Saint Gildas the Wise (non-standard)
1/31-Saint John Bosco