December 20, 2020

It is well known that a celebration is good only to the degree that it is prepared for.  This is especially true in the spiritual realm of life which, in our busyness, we often place on the back burner, as it were.  Please remember to prepare spiritually for the coming of Christ at Christmas.  Notice in the Mass schedule and in the Calendar of Events the extra times offered for the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make every effort to participate in these to the best degree you are able.

Yesterday I celebrated my 22nd Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood.  Measuring this against the great scheme of things, it doesn’t seem all that significant or that long a time.  Yet in that short time I have been graced with many blessings and undeserved favors.  These have been full years for me.  If there is one thing that I have learned, it is how operative God’s grace is in our everyday lives and that it is only by this grace that we are able to reach our fullest potential as the people God wants us to be.  As I pass this milestone in ministry, I thank you for sharing the journey with me these past twenty-two years.  It is a privilege serving you as your pastor and I seek your prayers for me on this special day so that God’s grace in me will bear much fruit for the day when Jesus comes again.

Speaking of Jesus’ coming, Advent is drawing to a close and Christmas is soon here.  We took time to buy into what the secular culture’s version of Christmas is with all the busyness of shopping, cleaning, and baking.  By now most of us are tired out.  Christmas will be different this year, to be sure.  For some of us this may be depressing. For all of us, however, this can serve as an opportunity.  It certainly will prove to be what we make of it.  During the Christmas season, take a few moments to stop and allow the Newborn Jesus to speak to you.  Take time for prayer during this Holy Time.  Silence on a Christmas evening is wonderful if we only make the effort to capture it.  Remember to celebrate Christmas with Christ.

I know that the entire staff of Assumption Parish joins me in extending to you our wishes for a blessed and joyous Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.  May the newborn Jesus extend his hand in blessing on your homes and families to bestow his love and grace upon you.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year