FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we prepare to celebrate the great SOLEMNITY OF CHRISTMAS on Friday, please note that we will have our PENANCE SERVICE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON at 2:00 PM. This will be the last scheduled opportunity to celebrate the sacrament. It is my hope that with all the opportunities throughout the month of December where parishioners had the opportunity to be reconciled with their God, no one can say “I could not find a time to fit my schedule.” There will be 11 priests hearing confessions so waiting will not be all that long. Again, plan to be with us so that the joy of Christmas may truly ring out in the hearts of all God’s faithful people.
And for those who are planning their Christmas and New Year’s Day celebrations, please note the following MASS TIMES:
- NO 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday, December 24
- CHRISTMAS EVE – 4:00 PM at Church and School Gym, 6:30 and 10:00 PM in Church
- CHRISTMAS DAY – 9:00 AND 11:00 AM
- NEW YEAR’S EVE – 4:00 PM
- NEW YEAR’S DAY – 9:00 AND 11:00 AM
And please note once again, THERE WILL BE NO TUESDAY EVENING MASS NOR CONFESSIONS ON THE 22nd DUE TO THE SCHEDULES OF THE PRIESTS, NOR CONFESSIONS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26.
I would also like to welcome our NEW ALTAR SERVERS and thank you for your service to Our Lady of Victory. You are doing a good job and we appreciate all that you do for our parish.
THERE WILL BE NO 5:00 PM Mass on Christmas Day nor one on New Year’s Day. Your priests do enjoy celebrating Christmas with family and friends also. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
"FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN A SAVIOR, CHRIST THE LORD”
What wonderful words they are! As I sit and type this message to you, I am filled with joy and excitement. We will be in the midst of celebrating and now we can rejoice and be glad for the words of the angels have come true: "Glory to God in high heaven, peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests." Our hearts leap with joy as we celebrate the feast of God's love for His people.
Isn't that what the Christmas season is all about? It is the time we can rejoice in the fact that God has sent His Son to save us, not because of anything we did, but because of His mercy. He did not want us to perish. God wanted us for His own. That is the meaning and message the newborn babe has come to bring. That is the hope held out to each and every one of us. That is what brings us together as God's family, making us all brothers and sisters.
As we spend Christmas together, I hope and pray that the peace and joy of this season become a reality in your hearts. I want all of you to come and experience the great love our Father has for you - a personal love. There are struggles throughout the year, there are hardships and conflicts, and there are many trials we face. But this season of love tells us that we are not alone. We are cherished and loved by a God who is crazy about us. May the Christ Child rest in your hearts now and throughout this New Year.
For those who are reading these lines who have been away from the Church for whatever reason, I would like to extend a heartfelt “WELCOME HOME." I hope and pray that maybe this Christmas season can be the start of something new. Could this celebration of God's love be the start of a new beginning? It does not matter what the reasons were that took you away from the Church; all that matters now is that you are here, you are welcomed and I look forward to seeing you at future celebrations. If there is anything we can do for you that would make it easier for you to come back permanently, please let us know. But for now, welcome home!
My dear friends, may God bless you and keep you close to Him. May His face shine upon you and grant you His peace and salvation. And may you always know in your hearts the love and compassion of Christ, the newborn babe of Bethlehem. Fr. Dadey
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents' house the week before Christmas. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers. The younger one began praying at the top of his lungs:
“I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..." "I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO..."
His older brother leaned over, nudged him and said, "Why are you shouting? God isn't deaf." to which the little brother replied, "No, but Grandma is!"