Word traveled quickly. What had originally been known only to Mary, then to Joseph, and soon shared with intimate friends like Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, was revealed to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth, and now to foreigners – the magi from the east. Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior, has been born. Let us rejoice, for his saving presence has been made to all.
Did you notice how beautiful and festive the church looks this Christmas? So much hard work goes into the planning and decorating that I would like to take a moment to thank those who made it all happen: Kathy Rush and Bob Fuson, Barbara Lane, Della DeSonia, Bryan Brown, Mary Johnson, George and Nancy Isdale, Julie Doloszycki, Karen Billington, Kathy Jankun and the Youth Group, Kevin Jankun, Mason, Melo, Vince Capron, Histo Melo, and Alma Melo. A very special “shout out” to Carol Good and Helen Kreidermacher who decorated the altars so beautifully and to Mary Beth Beal for her tireless work on the bulletin boards in the vestibule. Once again, thank you all!
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 the evening mass. Since we will still be in the Christmas season, I picked up Home Alone as our first movie. Please join me this coming Saturday after the evening mass.
In many parishes, there is a beautiful tradition of blessing homes at the start of the year. The blessed chalk is used in this way: using chalk above the door the markings 20+C+M+B+20 are made. 20 and 20 being the year, C (K), M, B being the initials of the traditional names of the wise men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They can also stand for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, the Latin words meaning, may Christ bless this home. At all Masses, chalk will be blessed. You may take a piece and mark your homes in this way.
Today begins National Migration Week. We pray for creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect.
At the beginning of the new year 2020 let us pray for God’s abundant blessings for us, our loved ones and our parish. May we all grow in faith, hope, and love.
God bless you,