November 15, 2020
– Today during the mass at 10.30 am eight children, prepared for more than a year, received the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time in their lives. This is a day to remember for a lifetime and a special celebration for each family, no matter if it is celebrated with a large number of guests, or just as a small family gathering. Among the background of the special situation both in the Church and in the world, we greet our children who receive and warmly welcome for the first time Jesus in their hearts, wishing them to grow among the healthy traditions of the faith and always to remember that God will ever be with them, offering through His Word the best words for life and endowing them in His presence endless love and warmth.
– On call and invocation of Pope Francis for the fourth year, this Sunday is celebrated as World Day for the Poor. “Reach out to the poor!” are the pope’s words, calling on all of us not to let anyone in the human family “become a shadow behind the scenes of life” and not to be “deaf” for the suffering of others especially at a time of crisis like the present moment, when “we see so many outstretched hands – those of doctors and all medical staff, pharmacists, donors, priests and all volunteers.” The collected donations today will be used for the needs of people in difficulty in our parish. Let us constantly direct our thoughts to help the poor we meet in our lives.
– On Tuesday, November 17, we commemorate St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a nun.
– On Friday, November 20, we cordially invite you to a concert entitled “European Christian Music Today” by Collegium “Osanna”. The program, composed of acappella works and instrumental pieces, will transfer you to several epochs and cradles of Christian civilization – Byzantium, Bulgaria, Rome, Germany, France and others. The beginning will be at 7.00 pm. Admission is free. The concert is carried out with the financial support of the Ministry of culture.
– On November 21, Saturday, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Mother of God. In our country we celebrate this day as the Day of the Christian Family. The Catholic tradition also indicates for this holiday the first Sunday after Christmas.
– In connection with the complicated epidemiological situation and the increasing spread of Kovid-19, the Sofia-Plovdiv Diocese and the Inter-Ritual Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Church in Bulgaria, with the consent of the Apostolic Nunciature, delayed the Episcopal ordination ceremony of Mons. Rumen Stanev, nominated on September 6 by Pope Francis as Auxiliary Bishop of the Sofia-Plovdiv Diocese. At the moment regarding the circumstances it`s not possible to set a specific date for the episcopal ordination ceremony. The new date for the ceremony will be announced opportunely with more details about the event.
– We remind you that every Friday from 7:00 pm in our parish there is a catechism for adults, and we invite everyone who wants to deepen his knowledge about the teaching of the Church.
– We inform you that this privilege to receive an indulgence for those who died due to the epidemiological situation has been expanded by the Holy See for the whole month of November – which means anyone can choose any other eight days to receive it – one day for one soul under the following conditions:
- We are in a state of grace (we have proceeded to the sacrament of Confession and received forgiveness of our sins).
- We participate in the Holy Liturgy and receive Holy Communion.
- We prayed with the prayers: “I believe …”, “Our Father …”
- We have prayed for the Pope’s intentions, for example: “Rejoice …”
- We visited the cemetery, praying for the dead.