Pastor's Corner 010514

posted Jan 13, 2014, 12:39 PM by Music Director

Happy New Year, everyone!  We are now in the Year of Our Lord 2014!  (Actually our calendar is off by about 3-4 years in its estimation of the birth of Christ, but close enough!)  I hope the holidays have been and continue to be a joyful and faith-filled time for you and all of your loved ones. 

On behalf of our entire parish staff I would like to thank all of you for your many kindnesses during the holidays.  Your cards, gifts, baked goods and other treats, and many other expressions of love and appreciation you have shared with us are overwhelming as usual.  We are all truly grateful.

               Thank you, too, for your generosity in our Christmas collection, which along with your regular contributions goes a long way toward helping us fulfill our mission as an apostolic Christian community. 

               I am very grateful to the teams of workers who prepared our buildings and grounds for the Christmas Season.  A lot of hours and hard, tedious work went into these preparations, and they did a spectacular job, as they always do.  I am very grateful for the service of our Music, Hospitality (Ushers, Greeters, Sacristans and Altar Servers), Eucharistic and Lector ministers.  The Christmas season presents special demands, and all of you who sacrifice your time and talents in these ministries, including considerable rehearsing, are what make our liturgical celebrations so special.

               I would also like to thank our Religious Education Staff and Catechists, and all those involved in our special holiday celebrations:  the Pre-School Nativity Show, Story-time and Tea With Santa, the Charlie’s Angels and the Religious Education class parties, and the Christmas Carol event.

               And what would the holidays be for our less fortunate neighbors without the tremendous efforts of our St. Vincent de Paul Society and all of you who donated bags of food and piles of gifts to enable the society to help many needy families experience the joy of Christmas.  A special word of thanks to our “Kids Care” participants, the Knights of Columbus and our local Boy Scouts who collected much of the food the Society was able to distribute and still keep the pantry stocked to help those who may be in need after the holidays. 

Because tragedy never takes a holiday, let us keep all those who are suffering in any way in our prayers.  Let us particularly remember the people of Syria and central Africa whose nations are engrossed in bitter civil warfare, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ who have been targeted by Islamic terrorists.  As circumstances permit, let us do all we can to help alleviate the suffering of others, if only to provide a shoulder to lean on, a listening ear, a comforting smile, and always prayer.

               My sincerest thanks again to you wonderful people!  May God bless us all with good health, peace and prosperity in the New Year!  (And a return to playoff football for my beloved Eagles!)


In His Love,

Fr. Mike