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December 23, 2018

posted Dec 21, 2018, 5:27 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, in just a few hours we will be celebrating the BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS. I was wondering what I can say to you when I came upon this short reflection by our Holy Father.  I think he sums up best what Christmas day should mean for all  people.  Please let me share it with you.

 Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger,    because there was no place for them in the inn”  Luke 2:7.

    In these plain and clear words, Luke brings us to the heart of the event that changes our history        forever.  Everything that night became a source of  hope.  Mary and Joseph, for whom there              was no room, are the first to embrace the one comes to give all of us our document of                        citizenship.  The one who in His poverty and humility proclaims and shows that true power                and authentic freedom are shown in honoring and assisting the weak and the frail.  That night the      one who  no place to be born is proclaimed to those shepherds who had no place in the town.         The faith we proclaim makes us see God present in all those situations where we think God is           absent.  God is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through               our  cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors.  In the           Child of Bethlehem, God comes to meet us and make us active sharers in the life around us.            God offers Himself to us so that we can take Him into our arms, lift Him and embrace Him.                 So that in Him we will not be afraid to take into our arms, raise up and embrace the thirsty,                 the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned (Mt. 25:35-36).  In this child, God invites                   us to be messengers of hope and agents of God’s hospitality.

May the birth of the Christ Child remind us of the dignity of a child of God and see others in the same light. God bless and Merry Christmas (even though a day early).

 

Please take special note of the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY MASS SCHEDULE:

CHRISTMAS EVE :  4:00 pm in the school gym and church        

                                  6:30 pm in the church (with the children)

                                10:00 pm in the church, with singing of carols beginning at 9:15 

CHRISTMAS DAY:   Regular Sunday schedule, 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE:  4:00 pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY:  8:00 and 10:00 am.  PLEASE NOTE SOME ADJUSTMENT IN THE TIME!

 

The rectory is closed from Friday afternoon through Monday and Tuesday and will reopen on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26th AT NOON.  Please keep all calls to emergencies only and take note of the times for the Masses so that calls to the rectory can be kept at a minimum.  Thank you for your understanding at this busy time of the year for your priests.

 

Also, due to the Christmas celebration, there will be only ONE MASS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26  which will be celebrated at 9:00 AM. ALL DAY ADORATION WILL BE CANCELED ON WEDNESDAY, ALSO. This will allow your priests and staff to be with family and friends to enjoy the Christmas season.  All too often we want to “rush back into the swing of things.”  May these days of Christmas slow us down, allowing us to celebrate and enjoy the wonderful gift God has given us in Jesus Christ through the love and friendship of family and friends.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - As in many homes on New Year's Day, Sam and his wife faced the annual conflict of which was more important - the football games on television, or the dinner itself. To keep the peace, Sam ate dinner with the rest of the family and even lingered for some pleasant after-dinner conversation before retiring to the family room to turn on the game.  Several minutes later, his daughter came downstairs and graciously even bought a cold drink for him with her. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Sam told her it was the end of the third quarter and that the score was still nothing to nothing. "See?" his little girl said, continuing to smile, "You didn't miss a thing.”

 

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