FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..This Sunday we celebrate the BAPTISM OF THE LORD. Traditionally this marks the end of the Christmas Season. Next Sunday we return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical year. However, as I type these words to you, I just wonder if, after celebrating the gift of God’s love, we can ever return to just an “ordinary” way of life? What person, who has ever been touched by the love of another, returns to an ordinary way of living? When you are in love, nothing ever remains the same; just ask a newlywed bride or groom. Just ask a young woman who just received an engagement ring. As the words from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Aspect of Love states, “Love changes everything.” Therefore, I hope and pray that as we liturgically return to the Ordinary Time we may never take God’s love as being “ordinary.” I hope and pray that His love changes everything for us as we begin the year together.
Now that the rush is over, I will be taking a LITTLE BREAK THIS WEEK. It will be nice not to have to think about anything or worry about doing anything for a short while. I will be leaving after the Masses on Sunday and will return for Masses next week.
I want to THANK all the parishioners who commented on how nice the church looked for Christmas and New Year’s. The “finished product” was a work of love done by many people. I want to thank Ann Rigo and her crew of ladies who helped make our altar very beautiful. The trees that were purchased by the church added a beautiful touch and the donations of poinsettias by parishioners made the altar warm and inviting. May God bless all those who added to the prayerful atmosphere throughout the Christmas season.
I also want to THANK Deacon Dave, Fr. Matt, Peter Crowe and Doug Lang for their work in getting the gym set up for our Christmas Liturgy and with the clean-up that followed. With their work, over 450 people were able to attend Mass in a comfortable and prayerful atmosphere. Since everyone was not able to attend the 4:00 PM Mass in church, it was nice to have the overflow attend in the gym, celebrated by Fr. Val. Thanks everyone for pulling together this Christmas Season.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A man had been lost and walking in the desert for about five days. One hot day, he comes to the home of a preacher. Tired and weak, he crawls up to the house and collapses on the doorstep. The preacher takes him in and nurses him back to health. Feeling better, the man asks the preacher for directions to the nearest town. The preacher tells him the directions, and offers to lend him his horse to make it. The preacher says, "However, there is a special thing about this horse. You have to say 'Thank God' to make it go and 'Amen' to make it stop." Anxious to get to town, the man says, "Sure, okay," and gets on the horse. He says, "Thank God" and sure enough, the horse starts walking. A bit later he says louder, "Thank God, Thank God," and the horse starts trotting. Feeling really brave, the man says, "Thank God! Thank God! THANK GOD!" and the horse is soon up to a full run! About then he realizes he's heading for a huge cliff and yells, "Whoa!" But the horse doesn't even slow down! It's coming up REAL QUICK and he's doing everything he can to make the horse stop. "Whoa, stop, hold on!" Finally he remembers, "AMEN!!!" The horse stops a mere two inches from the cliff's edge, almost throwing him over its head. The man, panting and heart racing, wipes the sweat from his face and leans back in the saddle. "Oh!" he said, gasping for air, "Thank God."