Christmas 2016

Dearest Friends,

The Holy Spirit has truly blessed us with significant growth in our Mass attendance these last few years. And, as you know the beautiful Christmas liturgies bring many more newcomers and visitors. Accordingly I have added an additional Mass on Christmas Day at Noon. Since there has not been time to advertise this – I ask you to consider attending this mass so we can have a bit more room at the other four. I know some of you cannot for various reasons – but if you can – it would help us a great deal. Please prayerfully consider this request.  So…

With deep joy and gratitude, I extend to you my prayerful best wishes for a holy and blessed   Christmas. During this Advent Season, it has been my prayer that each of you would find opportunities to reflect on your own faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus and His Church. I hope the ‘Little Blue Book’ helped. I have heard from a number of you that it has. Be assured this will be an ongoing ‘Tradition’ for the Holy Spirit Community.

Several years ago I received a Christmas card with this message on the cover: “This Christmas, I wish you Jesus.” On the inside it read: “Isn’t it nice to have everything!”  That does sum it up pretty well, doesn’t it?

In the midst of all our current challenges and concerns, the love of God the Father is made manifest to us in the wonderful gift of His Son, Jesus. With the angels in Bethlehem, our faith moves us to sing: “Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth!” We recognize that true peace on earth flows from our recognition and praise of God in our lives and our service to others.

Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or even years. What a wonderful and Grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church Family. I extend to all of you an open, grateful heart of welcome. Together, may we grow in strength and Grace to know and celebrate together God’s presence in our lives and His love for all His creation.

May our Lord Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you, your families and loved ones at this Holy time of Hope and Grace.  May Mary, the Mother of the Child Jesus and our Mother, watch over you and our beloved Holy Spirit Parish.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May Christ abide in your hearts always (and, All Ways)!

       Father Ron

 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24th 5 pm (Children’s Mass)

And 12 Midnight  [Candle Mass]

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25th  7:30, 10:15 am and 12 Noon

New Year’s Eve

(Fulfills Holy Day of Obligation)

Saturday, December 31st 5 pm  and 12 Midnight

New Year’s Day

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Holy Day of Obligation

Sunday, January 1st  7:30 and 10:15 am

 

 

 

Dearest Friends,

 

The Holy Spirit has truly blessed us with significant growth in our Mass attendance these last few years. And, as you know the beautiful Christmas liturgies bring many more newcomers and visitors. Accordingly I have added an additional Mass on Christmas Day at Noon. Since there has not been time to advertise this – I ask you to consider attending this mass so we can have a bit more room at the other four. I know some of you cannot for various reasons – but if you can – it would help us a great deal. Please prayerfully consider this request.  So…

 

With deep joy and gratitude, I extend to you my prayerful best wishes for a holy and blessed   Christmas. During this Advent Season, it has been my prayer that each of you would find opportunities to reflect on your own faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus and His Church. I hope the ‘Little Blue Book’ helped. I have heard from a number of you that it has. Be assured this will be an ongoing ‘Tradition’ for the Holy Spirit Community.

 

Several years ago I received a Christmas card with this message on the cover: “This Christmas, I wish you Jesus.” On the inside it read: “Isn’t it nice to have everything!”  That does sum it up pretty well, doesn’t it?

In the midst of all our current challenges and concerns, the love of God the Father is made manifest to us in the wonderful gift of His Son, Jesus. With the angels in Bethlehem, our faith moves us to sing: “Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth!” We recognize that true peace on earth flows from our recognition and praise of God in our lives and our service to others.

Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or even years. What a wonderful and Grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church Family. I extend to all of you an open, grateful heart of welcome. Together, may we grow in strength and Grace to know and celebrate together God’s presence in our lives and His love for all His creation.

May our Lord Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you, your families and loved ones at this Holy time of Hope and Grace.  May Mary, the Mother of the Child Jesus and our Mother, watch over you and our beloved Holy Spirit Parish.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May Christ abide in your hearts always (and, All Ways)!

 

             Father Ron

 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

 

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24th 5 pm (Children’s Mass)

And 12 Midnight  [Candle Mass]

 

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25th  7:30, 10:15 am and 12 Noon

 

New Year’s Eve

(Fulfills Holy Day of Obligation)

Saturday, December 31st 5 pm  and 12 Midnight

 

New Year’s Day

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Holy Day of Obligation

Sunday, January 1st  7:30 and 10:15 am

 

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