On Sunday, January 5, a bi-lingual Mass was celebrated at Saint Casimir to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and the beginning of National Migration Week.

Following Mass, gifts were given to the children who were present embracing the tradition in many Latin American and European countries that children receive gifts recalling the gifts the 3 kings brought to Baby Jesus.

Parishioners also shared in a Rosca cake or “Kings Cake”. The oval-shaped bread, the “King’s Wreath”, represents the infinite circle (no beginning or end) to God’s love. The crystallized dried fruits that are placed around the bread symbolize the jewels encrusted in the crowns of the three wise men. A hidden Baby Jesus, in the cake recalls when Mary and Joseph had to hide from Herod.

Whoever discovers the Baby Jesus is “King for the Day” but also has to provide the food for the feast day of Candlemas or the Presentation of the Lord on February 2.