FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY….As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, I pray that the Christmas love we celebrated just a few days ago still permeates the hearts of all God’s faithful people. We have prepared so long for Christmas and I would hate to see it end with just a one day celebration. We must celebrate it every day of our lives and what better place than within the confines of FAMILY. It is in “family” that the love of God is realized in a very real and intimate way. May this feast day remind us always of God’s great love for us and help us appreciate our families as the place where His love is found.
This Wednesday we celebrate NEW YEAR’S DAY. As a reminder, Masses will be celebrated on Tuesday evening, New Year’s Eve, at 5:00 PM and on New Year’s Day at 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Because of the holy day, there will be an adjustment in the rectory office times and Mass schedule. The rectory office will be closed New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 9:00 AM. We will have the regular Mass schedule and adoration on Thursday, January 2nd.
As I type these words to you, I cannot express my deepest DISAPPOINTMENT over the cancellation of our Christmas Party. I was so looking forward to spending time with parishioners, getting to know you a little better and continuing to build up our parish socially. But as certain things are out of my control, I had to give in to “mother nature” and her plans for us. I did cancel it quickly because I did not want anyone out on the roads if they did not have to be. However, I do hope to reschedule the party later on in January – maybe having a post Christmas party or a “lift everyone’s spirits party after Christmas.” I do thank all those who signed up to come and I hope that when it is rescheduled, we will have another anticipated great turn out.
I want to take this time to THANK all those who extended their Christmas wishes and blessings to us at the rectory through cards and goodies. I personally appreciate the prayers and support received, not just at this time of year, but throughout my time here with you. You all have been wonderful to me and I thank you. I can only hope and pray that as we begin a New Year together, our parish may only continue to grow as a family with God as our Father. Thanks and God bless. And now I must resume my jogging regimen to work off all those cookies and candy and poppy seed rolls.
I also want to take the time to THANK all those who worked so hard to make our Christmas celebrations spiritually uplifting and enriching. Thanks to the decorating committee, those who set up the school hall for our 4:00 PM Mass, the organists and choirs, the servers, lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. Your ministries made our Christmas Liturgies very warm and spiritually uplifting. Thanks to all.
And while in the thanking mood, I extend our THANKS to KOCH FUNERAL HOME and MAYES MEMORIALS for sponsoring our 2014 calendar. I appreciate their kindness in allowing us to have the calendars. May God bless them for their generosity and goodness to our parish.
A LITTLE CHRISTMAS HUMOR: This guy goes into his dentist's office, because something is wrong with his mouth. After a brief examination, the dentist exclaims, "Holy Smoke! That plate I installed in your mouth about six months ago has nearly completely corroded! What on earth have you been eating?" "Well... the only thing I can think of is this... my wife made me some asparagus about four months ago with this stuff on it... Hollandaise sauce she called it... and doctor, I'm talkin' DELICIOUS! I've never tasted anything like it, and ever since then I've been putting it on everything... meat, fish, toast, vegetables... you name it!" "That's probably it," replied the dentist "Hollandaise sauce is made with lemon juice, which is acidic and highly corrosive. It seems as thought I'll have to install a new plate, but made out of chrome this time." "Why chrome?" the man asked. "Well, everyone knows that there's no plate like chrome for the Hollandaise.”