FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, "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 are in the midst of celebrating and now we rejoice and are 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 becomes 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 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.
There will be NO ALL DAY ADORATION this Wednesday. Please note that we will resume on January 4th.
Another Reminder - FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY , since it falls on a Sunday, we will have our regular weekend schedule – 4:00 pm on Saturday, 7:30, 9:30 AM and 12:00 Noon on Sunday. The Rectory will be closed on Monday, January 2 for a short New Year’s break allowing all to enjoy the bowl games, especially the one scheduled at 5:00 PM.
As I write these words to you, it is a week or so after our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY. But once again, through the party, I as your pastor just wanted to say “thank you” for all your support, prayers and love given to me over my years here with you. The smiles and laughter were heartwarming for me. The road has not always been straight for us. But during the rocky times, I know I relied on your prayers and support to get me through and then to continue to lead the parish in the way I think God’s wants us to go. May God bless all of you as we begin a New Year together next week.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Dieting - New Year Resolutions. I can identify with each one of these:
· 2009: I will get my weight down below 180 pounds.
· 2010: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200 pounds.
· 2011: I will develop a realistic attitude about my weight.
· 2012: I will work out 3 days a week.
· 2017: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week.