Rejoice Always

Dear Friends,

 

Christmas is just around the corner,   literally.  So, in the midst of so much “hustle and bustle” it is important for us to listen to Saint Paul as he tells us this weekend, “Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophetic utterances.  Test everything; retain what is good.  Refrain from every kind of evil.”  Knowing the will of God is essential in life and doing the will of God is most essential to reach our fullest potential, to be all that God has created us to be.  May all of us then indeed always rejoice and pray and give thanks, for we are truly blessed!

 

Once again, this year with grateful hearts, we have a Christmas gift of a good Catholic book for all our adult members and visitors who come to Ch

 

urch.  It is Matthew Kelly’s book, Perfectly Yourself.  And as you know, we are asking our regular and faithful parishioners to help distribute this gift at ALL our Christmas Masses.  This is really a lot of fun!  Something families can do together.  Sign up through email or by telephone with the parish office for the Mass (or Masses) of your choice, arrive early and welcome our arriving congregants to Mass, wishing them Merry Christmas as you offer each adult their gift.  You will really be glad you did.  Thanks!

 

Please remember that the Mass Schedule for next weekend is adjusted.  It is a bit different in order to         accommodate Christmas being on a Monday.  We look forward to seeing all of you and all our visitors as we     celebrate with profound joy the Birth of our Savior and  prepare for His return in glory!

 

Did you notice how the parish office has been decorated for Christmas?  This beautiful addition of lights, garland and trees is the result of the hard work of many members of our Youth group.  We are very grateful to them for their assistance in helping our parish office to look so festive.

 

I pray that all of you have already placed your crèche in a prominent location within your homes, even if you wait until Christmas to place the Baby Jesus in it. Perhaps, you also have one that you place on your lawn as part of your Christmas decorations.  How important it is for us to give public witness to the real meaning and purpose of Christmas ~ the Birth of the Savior of the world!  And of course wishing Merry Christmas to everyone we meet is another subtle and gentle witness that we are Jesus’ disciples, rejoicing, praying and giving thanks always!

 

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

 

 

 

 

 

 

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