My Dear Parishioners,
The Christmas season ends this week. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, which is the manifestation of the Lord’s glory to all the nations, and then on Monday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and then Tuesday we begin the period known as Ordinary Time. While we have to say goodbye to the Christmas decorations and the Nativity scene, we will try to keep the poinsettias going for as long as possible. By the way, I want to thank Carla Venditti and Karen Baranowski for watering the flowers and Sansoni’s Farm Market for their beautiful flowers once again this year and also thank them for their donation towards the flowers. They truly made our celebrations a fitting tribute to the Glory of God. Your “Christmas Flower envelopes” with your intentions written on them have been on the altar since Christmas. Thank you for supporting the Christmas decorations through these donations. Our Christmas cards sold fairly well and I heard some very positive feedback from those that sent the cards out.
Next week our young people will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the very first time. Please keep them in your prayers as they come to experience the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus. Hopefully, we will see this as a reminder that we all need to stay close to the Lord, and that whenever we have placed an obstacle in our relationship with God, He gives us the opportunity to have that obstacle removed.
I want to take the opportunity to gratefully acknowledge all of the kindnesses, gifts, and food sent to the parish and to me personally over the past few weeks. Your care and true concern are truly the heart of this parish and two of the things that make this parish so great. I also want to thank you for your generous support of our Christmas collection. We do not have the final tallies yet, but that collection remains one of the most important ones in helping us meet our financial obligations throughout the year. Thank you for your sacrifices on behalf of our parish.
The annual March for Life will take place in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 19, 2018. The theme for this year is “Love Saves Lives”. “Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option. Love is universally attractive because it is directed towards others. Love is what we all strive for because deep-down we are all drawn to give of ourselves in this way. Love saves lives in countless ways,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life.
May God Bless You in the New Year,