No, we did not forget to take down the Christmas trees. Those green trees that you see standing in the sanctuary are evergreens and they represent the winter cycle of nature. The Christmas season officially came to an end with last Monday’s feast of the Baptism of Jesus, so the former Christmas trees have reverted to their natural state and have become evergreens once again (use your imaginations!). Ordinary Time officially began last Tuesday and now we find ourselves in this liturgical season which, in an “ordered” way, leads us through the public life and ministry of Jesus. There are thirty four weeks in Ordinary Time, so be prepared. However, they get interrupted by Lent, Holy Week, the Triduum and the Easter season. Believe it or not, Lent will begin in mid-February this year, on Valentine’s Day! You will need to do some creative planning for that one.