One might think that the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is too remote, too special, too holy to be an effective model for our families. But just like our families, they enjoyed times of great joy but also suffered through terrible hardships. The delight of a newborn baby was accompanied by the fear that led them to flee to a foreign land. Today let us pray that the faith and love shown by the Holy Family may sustain us through both our joys and our struggles.
As the year winds down, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the physical improvements we have made in our parish. Everyone can see the changes in Fearon Hall, the kitchen and the cafeteria. More modifications to our parish meeting space were an upgraded kitchen suppression system, the alarm system and the electric. The hall and cafeteria also have a new sound/media system. The rectory needed some roof, gutter repair, and tuck-pointing. The convent received a new sump pump and plumbing work (4 leaking toilets replaced on the second floor). Our church boiler we believe is finally in good working condition. Years of improper care had taken its toll, and we have been mending that over the last few years. This year we needed to replace the steam zone valve and replace 15 tubes on the inside of the boiler that was full of holes. Both very costly items that were necessary for the boiler to work properly. Finally, we have a new church sound system that I hope everyone is enjoying! As you can clearly see, it takes a lot to keep our parish compound running smoothly and efficiently, and for that, I give thanks to all of you. None of this would be possible without your continued support of our parish.
As I have mentioned some time ago, we will organize a new event which is called Movie Night. The first night when we will watch a movie in our Fearon Hall is scheduled for Saturday, January 11th after evening Mass. Parish Pastoral Council will pick up a movie for this evening. Please save the date – January 11th.
I would like to say a big thank you to ALL who made Christmas very special. The church was decorated beautifully. Big thanks to Jurate Lukminas, our choir, and cantors for beautiful music. Music is always an important part of a liturgy, but at Christmas, it is especially appreciated. Thanks to lectors, ushers, ministers of the Eucharist, and altar servers. Thanks to ALL for your prayers, participation, and generosity!
January 1st is the final day of the octave of Christmas. On this special day, we honor Mary in her role as the Mother of God. She made possible Jesus’ coming into the world, fully human as well as fully divine. On New Year’s Day, we will celebrate one Mass at 9:00 A.M.
Happy New Year!