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February 2022

Blessed Luke Belludi

February 24

For more information go to https://www.franciscanmedia.org/blessed-luke-belludi/ Saint of the Day is used with permission from Franciscan Media (www.FranciscanMedia.org).

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March 2022

Isra and Mi’raj

March 1

The Isra and Mi'raj (Arabic: الإسراء والمعراج‎, al-’Isrā’wal-Mi‘rāj) are the two parts of a Night Journey that, according to Islam, the Islamic prophet Muhammad took during a single night around the year 621. Within Islam it signifies both a physical and spiritual journey, and is remembered in prayer.

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Purim begins at sundown

March 16

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar, in late winter or early spring. It  commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah (Book of Esther). Purim means “lots” in ancient Persian. The holiday was thus named since Haman had thrown lots to determine…

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April 2022

Ramadan begins at sundown

April 2

Each year, corresponding with the ninth month of the lunar calendar, Muslims spend a month in daytime fasting. This observance is called Ramadan. From dawn to sunset during this month, Muslims abstain from food, liquids, smoking, and sex. This fast is an extremely important aspect of the Muslim faith: in fact, it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. May God bless our Muslim friends and neighbors, and strengthen them through fasting and prayer.

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Passover begins at sundown

April 15

To our Jewish friends, Chag Pesach kasher vesame’ach, or "May you have a kosher and joyous Passover." The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story…

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