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December 30, 2018

posted Dec 27, 2018, 7:49 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Tuesday we CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S DAY. Once again, I found portions of the words of Pope Francis in his address, giving us the meaning of this day -

The year opens in the name of the Mother. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady.  But we might ask why we say Mother of God and not Mother of Jesus.  In the past, some wanted to be content simply with the latter, but the Church has declared that Mary is the Mother of God.  We should be grateful because these words contain a magnificent truth about God and about ourselves.  From the moment that our Lord became incarnate in Mary, and for all time, he took on our humanity.  There is no longer God without man; the flesh Jesus took from his Mother is our own, now and for all eternity.  To call Mary the Mother of God reminds us of this: God is close to humanity, even as a child is close to the mother who bears Him in her womb….


Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life. Looking to the      Mother, we are asked to leave behind all sorts of useless baggage and to rediscover what really        matters. The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman.  While a man often abstracts, affirms and imposes ideas, a woman, a mother, knows how to “keep”, to put things together in her heart, to give life.  If our faith is not to be reduced merely to an idea or a doctrine, all of us need a mother’s heart, one which knows how to keep the tender love of God and to feel the heartbeat of all around us.  May the Mother, God’s finest human creation, guard and keep this year, and bring the peace of her Son to our hearts and to our world.


May Mary this day continue to bring us her Son, reminding us that God is close to us at every            moment of our lives. Masses will be celebrated on Monday, December 31 at 4:00 PM and on        Tuesday, January 1 at 8:00 and 10:00 AM.  Please note the slight time change of the morning        Masses on New Year’s Day.  The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED on New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day.  We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd at 8:30am.


On Wednesday, January 2 we will have only ONE MASS at 9:00 AM, but THERE WILL BE ALL DAY ADORATION STARTING AFTER THE 9:00 AM Mass until 7:00pm.


On a personal note, I know that over the past 2 weeks, we have had to make adjustments in the        regular schedule. But please understand that your priests are only human and enjoy celebrating the holidays as well.  After a non-stop December confession circuit, preparing for the Christmas               celebrations and actually celebrating the great mysteries, it was draining.  We too need a little time to pull ourselves back together.  So I do hope and pray that parishioners will understand the SLIGHT CHANGES over the 2 weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.  Thank you for your understanding.


In the name of Fr. Antony, Fr. Jonathon, Deacon Dave and myself, I want to THANK all parishioners who sent us Christmas wishes and Christmas treats.  We do appreciate the kindness and generosity of all those who thought of us.  It is so nice and heartwarming to know that so many people took the time to think of us.  May God bless you and may we continue to grow together this New Year.  Now, I must get on the treadmill (once again) and try to work off all those goodies.  But, they sure went down very nicely.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service. After the benediction, he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief          ceremony before the congregation.  For the life of him, he couldn't think of the names of those who were to be married. "Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?" he                          requested.     Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.