This year we celebrate Epiphany on this traditional day, as January 6th happens to fall on a Sunday. Falling twelve days after Christmas, this was regarded as enough time for the magi to travel to Bethlehem from foreign lands. With their arrival, Jesus is now manifest to the outside world. Just as the star in the East symbolized the light of Christ shining for the whole world to see, we are called to manifest Christ in our lives so others can realize the Good News wherever we go.
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+19 are made. 20 and 19 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 the chalk will be blessed. You may take a piece and mark your homes in this way.
The company which prints our bulletin has required that bulletins for Christmas/New Year should be written and sent to them before Christmas. In other words this is my first text written after Christmas. I would like to say a big thank you to all who made these days very special. Thanks to everyone involved in decorating the church: Carol Good, Kathy Capron Jankun, Helen Kreidermacher, Mary Beth Beal, Mary Johnson, Bogacz family, Maria Esmundo, Rick Leninger, Jessie Babcock, Jim and Kathy Plepel, Larry Poleski, Julia Doloszycki, Simbang Gabi Decorating Group, Youth Group, bins and tree moving volunteers and anyone I might have forgotten. 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.
Our Christmas collection was $15,091.00 which perfectly matched this year’s goal. Thanks for your generosity.
At today’s 10:30 a.m. mass a Bell Choir will bell some carols. Thanks to all members of the Bell Choir for your dedication to make our liturgy even more beautiful.
Today begins National Migration Week. We pray for creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity and respect.
In the beginning of new year 2019 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,