My Dear Parishioners,
Happy New Year! I suppose that this is the year in which we all should start to see more clearly because we are in 20/20. 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 next Sunday we will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, which is the last official day of the Christmas season. The following Monday we begin the period known as Ordinary Time. While we will 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. 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.
Soon 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 24, 2020. The theme for this year is LIFE EMPOWERS: PRO-LIFE IS PRO-WOMAN. The US Bishops are inviting you to join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life, Monday, January 14 – Tuesday, January 22. Pray for the respect of all human life with daily intentions, brief reflections, and more. Download a free mobile app, or sign up to receive the novena through daily emails or text message. (A printable version is also available online.) Sign up at www.9daysforlife.com.
May God Bless You in the New Year,