A New Year Upon Us

Dear Friends,

Blessed New Year to you and your loved ones, once again! Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord ~ the day when the Magi from the East sought out the newborn King of the Jews. They came to do Jesus homage in recognition that He is the King of the whole world, in fact the King of the universe. Their arrival at the Birth of Jesus indicates that Jesus’ ministry will transcend God’s holy people Israel to include every people. Jesus is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that God’s glory appearing in Israel will give light to the nations. God’s plan for the redemption of all peoples is moving forward.

Of course, the malls, stores and the world of commerce have already moved on. Cupid and Valentine items are appearing; the Easter candy won’t be far behind. But we disciples linger and continue to reflect on the awesome mystery of God becoming flesh and blood. The Christmas season continues until January 12, the feast of the Baptism of our Lord. The vestments of Mass are white and the Scriptures for Mass continue to reveal Who the Baby of Bethlehem really is. In your personal prayers with the Lord, allow your mind and heart to continue to ponder the mystery and intimacy of His love for you.

Prior to Christmas, we had some electrical and lighting issues taken care of. The emergency back up system for the Church lights had come to its life end and needed replacing. The system we had was no longer able to be serviced which necessitated an upgrade of the entire system at a price tag of $20,445. Also, you may have noticed that some of our parking lot lights were not working. Over time, we have been replacing the parking lot lights with LED lighting for better efficiency, energy cost savings and more effective lighting. Given the number of lights that were not working and the recurring cost for renting a lift to take care of these lights, we went ahead and replaced all the remaining parking lot lights with LED. That project was $15,804.60. We did receive some rebate funds from PECO for moving into these more efficient and less energy using lights. The parking lots are certainly much brighter as a result and we know there will be cost savings as well.

We are still moving along slowly with the refurbishment of our Confessionals in Chapel as well as the Chapel itself. Some good news is that we have received 3 donations already to help with the project, including one very sizable donation. I am most grateful for such kind generosity and dedication. I hope others might consider assisting us as well.

We are also looking into upgrading Vianney Hall and the adjoining Guadalupe Hall, our main meeting spaces. They are in dire need of refurbishment. We have received a sizeable donation to jump start that project. I am most grateful. Donations for the work to be done will help us immensely. In that space, we are planning for some additional storage space as well as meeting spaces that will be “homey” and comfortable for all the parish groups that make use of them.

We will keep you informed as we have more detailed plans and/or samples of products that will be incorporated in both projects. We believe these overdue maintenance and refurbishments will serve our parish family for many years to come.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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