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December 29, 2019

posted Jan 3, 2020, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Wednesday we celebrate MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD, NEW YEAR’S DAY, a holy day of obligation.  The image of Mary as Queen Mother is directly related to the first official Marian dogma defined by the Church: Mary’s status as Mother of God. The Greek word for the title is Theotokos, which literally means “God-bearer.” That title is one of the oldest and most commonly used titles for Mary, with Christians using it in the very first centuries of the Church. The title also appears in one of the oldest known Christian prayers, the Sub Tuum Praesidium (“Beneath Your Protection”), an early form of the Memorare that dates to the third century. The first Christians called Mary the "Mother of God" without hesitation. There was a scriptural precedent, and it seemed logical. If Jesus was God, and Mary was his mother, then that made her the Mother of God. That sort of logic depends on a principle called the "Communication of Idioms." According to that principle, whatever one says about either of Christ's natures can be truly said of Christ himself. That's because His two natures, the divine nature, and human nature were united in Him. He is one divine person.  Calling Mary the “Mother of God” states a truth that must be stated in order to protect an essential truth about Christ. In a similar way, that’s what all Mary’s queenly predecessors did for their sons. One of the three essential tasks of the Queen Mother was to be a sign of her son’s legitimacy. She was the link between his father, the former rightful king, and her son, the present rightful king. Likewise, Mary as the virginal “Mother of God” is the link between her Son’s humanity and divinity. She is the sign that He is both God and man (Catholic                  Encyclopedia).

     

THIS WEEK’S ADJUSTED SCHEDULE:

 - MASS for New Year’s Eve, December 31 at  4:00PM

 - MASSES for New Year’s Day at  8:00AM and 10:00AM

 - The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED Monday at noon through Wednesday. We will reopen on

       Thursday, January 2 at 9:00am.            

        

 - There will be NO ADORATION on Wednesday, January 1.  

 

I would like to take this time to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who participated in our PARISH GIVING TREE PROJECT. As already noted, there were over 600 ornaments on the tree.  After the 12:00 Mass on Dec. 8th, there were none.  What a wonderful show of Christian Charity by our  parish.  Through your great generosity, those 600 gifts made a difference in the lives of so many people in our  community.  I pray that your Christmas celebrations were as joyful as the  celebration made possible by your gifts.  God bless you and thanks so much for showing God’s love to others.

 

I also  want to thank all those who came to our CHRISTMAS PARTY. It was so very nice to see our parish relaxing and having a nice time just being together.  As your pastor, my ministry is not only to see our parish grow together spiritually, but it also entails bringing us together totally.  As I walked around the hall looking and observing, I can see that my wish has paid off.  I can only hope and pray that as this New Year unfolds before us, we will continue to grow together as a true parish family journeying together until we can all rejoice in heaven.  May God continue to bless our parish.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Do you know the spiritual difference between dogs and cats? Dogs see that people give them food and water, and they don’t have to do anything. So they think, “These people are giving me food and water and I don’t even have to do anything. They must be gods.  Cats see that people give them food and water, and they think, “These people are giving me food and water and I don’t have to do anything. I must be a god.”

 

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