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    With time off during the Christmas season, this might be a great time of year to enrich your faith?   The SYMBOLON PROGRAM will guide you to learn more about the Catholic Church and its beliefs.  Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Community subscribes to the SYMBOLON PROGRAM.  References and bibles are available to military personnel and their dependents.  Register by clicking on the picture. 


    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins this Saturday night, May 26th and continues through Monday night May 28th.

    The Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah.

    The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

    The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching spiritual event—one that touched the essence of the Jewish soul for all times. Our sages have compared it to a wedding between G‑d and the Jewish people. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for on this day G‑d swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him.

    The holiday of Shavuot is a two-day holiday, beginning at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan. (In Israel it is a one-day holiday, ending at nightfall of the 6th of Sivan.)

    Jewish Women and girls (men are required to light candles when there is no woman in the household ) should light holiday candles to usher in the holiday on Saturday nightMay 26th and Sunday night May 27th. Candles should onlybe lit after the Sabbath ends and from a preexisting flame. A Non-Jew can also kindle the flame. However it is forbidden to strike a match or use a lighter during the holiday. The following are the blessings for the holiday candle lighting:

    1) Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam asher ki-deshanu be-mitzvo-tav ve-tzvi-vanu le-hadlik ner shel Yom Tov .

    Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us to light the candle of the Holiday.

    2) Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh

    Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

    * It is customary to stay up all night learning Torah on the first night of Shavuot.
    * All Jewish men, women and children should hear the reading of the Ten Commandments from an authentic Torah Scroll on the first day of Shavuot, Sunday May 27th . We can help you find a location near you where you can go to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments. There is no charge for these services and you would be welcomed and made to feel very comfortable. Many synagogues and Jewish centers have special children’s programs where dairy ice cream is usually served and the children have a great time.
    * To find a location near you, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser: <>  . If you are having trouble finding a location near you, just reply to this email and we will help you find one. If you happen tofind yourself in a war zone with no Jewish services available, you can read the Ten Commandments from a Torah(Chumash- Jewish Bible).
    * As on other holidays, special meals are eaten, and no “work” may be performed.
    * It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. Among other reasons, this commemorates the fact that upon receiving the Torah, including the kosher laws, the Jewish people could not cook meat in their pots, which had yet to be rendered kosher.
    * On the second day of Shavuot, the Yizkor memorial service is recited.
    * Some communities read the Book of Ruth publicly, as King David—whose passing occurred on this day—was a descendant of Ruth the Moabite.


    Catholic Adult Education 


    The Lost Empire






    SUNDAYS 1030-1130


    Presented by:  Fr. Marty Fitzgerald


    Session 6:  29 January 2012

    Video III:  Byzantium:  Envy of the World