Christmas Reflection

Dear Friends,

Well the new year, 2018, has dawned and we are in the midst of a frigid cold spell. As many of you probably know, I am not a fan of the cold, preferring the sun and the warmth. I often joke that it takes me until June before I warm up again. Anyway, it is an opportunity to remind myself that it is important to give thanks to God for everything… even those things we are not that fond of. Praised be God, now and forever!

I also want to give more thanks this week. Thank you to all who helped to make the Christmas Liturgies so remarkable. That includes our Deacons, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, our Altar Servers, Sacristans, our many musicians, Dan Weckerly, our cantors, our several choirs, our sacred music director, Elizabeth Calabro, our Ushers, and our Welcoming Ministers who greeted our people and distributed the Christmas book. It was a very special weekend that included the help and cooperation of countless people! Thank you one and all!

Once again, let me offer the profound gratitude of us priests for all the many cards, greetings, goodies and gifts that so many shared with us! We are deeply grateful for such generosity and such thoughtfulness! We know that God will bless you abundantly for your kindnesses.

Sunday afternoon is the Eagle Scout Induction ceremony for Brian Connor. You will recall that Brian’s project was the restoration of our outdoor Stations of the Cross. He did an excellent job for which we are very grateful. We offer him congratulations on reaching the rank of Eagle Scout, an impressive achievement. We are proud of all our Eagle Scouts; we’ve had quite a few.

This weekend we celebrate the great feast of the Epiphany of our Lord. This feast recalls the visit of the Magi and the revelation that Jesus has come for the salvation of the whole world. This means, He came for each and every one of us, not in a collective or global fashion, but for each of us individually to become members of His Mystical Body on earth, to be in communion with Him and with each other by His grace. Monday is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which closes out the Christmas liturgical season. After this feast, we return to “Ordinary Time” which is anything but ordinary as we celebrate the gifts of redemption and salvation in Jesus Christ throughout the year.

Looking ahead, we are planning another Italian Dinner night, Saturday, February 10. Mark the date! More details to come. The one we had last April was a huge success and a lot of good fun. We look forward to our parish family coming together to share good food and a good time. That event will be followed quickly by Ash Wednesday, February 14. Yes, Valentine’s Day this year is Ash Wednesday, a day of fast and abstinence. So gentlemen, I recommend that whatever you plan for your wives, you schedule it on another day that week…

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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