"Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Luke 2: 10-11)
I wish you and your families a happy and holy Christmas season. Although the commercial celebration of Christmas started even before Thanksgiving, the Christmas season for the Church extends until January 13th with the Baptism of the Lord. Don’t be in a hurry to take down the Christmas decorations too soon!
There have been so many blessings that I thank God for this past year—but most especially I thank God for the prayers, support, genuine love and concern of so many faithful parishioners. May God bless you for your goodness!
I try to live by a philosophy (and truly believe) that God is ultimately in charge of every situation. I pray constantly that His will be done. I do not claim that I know each and every detail of His plan and what lies ahead. But, in imitation of the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I attempt imperfectly to echo her profound trust and consent to the will of God: “May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
I thank all who work so hard in the parish and continue to strengthen our Christian community. Christianity is never a “spectator sport” in which we simply sit back, watch and cheer. Rather, it involves active participation and a life-commitment: daily prayer, attendance at Mass weekly, a sacramental life including regular confession of sins, Christian service, love (even of enemies), forgiveness, Christian charity, conversion, repentance, etc.
As we adore the Christ Child in the manger at Christmas, may we be moved by the great love and humility that God showed to us in the birth of His Son! God emptied Himself and became one of us. Our faith also professes that He will come again.
O come let us adore Him!
Be assured of my daily prayers and a remembrance in my Masses for all of you. May I ask a small remembrance in your prayers and Masses as well?
On behalf of all our priests, deacons and entire parish staff, have a blessed and peace-filled Christmas and a holy New Year!
Fr. Ed Namiotka