……from your Pastor’s Desk

We are on the verge of another year. Hard to believe that Wednesday will be 2020!

It also means that we have another Holy Day to celebrate! A very special feast day. Last Wednesday was Christmas, today is the feast of The Holy Family. Wednesday we celebrate: ‘Mary, The Holy Mother Of God’ – the most ancient of Marian Feasts and one of extreme importance in defining who we are as Roman Catholics. I’ll address this in my upcoming homilies.

January 1st is always a Holy Day of obligation, which means it carries the same responsibility for attending mass as our Sunday obligation.

Our conventionally singling out this day as the beginning of the New Year offers us a twofold opportunity to benefit from its occurrence.

First, it is an opportunity to look back on the year just completed, in order to gain faith perspective on what transpired in our lives during that time span, so as to thank God for our good experiences of the past year and also to recognize any mistakes, and to pray for help in learning from them.

Secondly, this day presents an opportunity to look ahead in faith projection with a sense of hope. Not with the wishful pseudo-hope that painful things will not happen to us, but with the assured trust that, even if they do happen, God will be with us to give us strength to keep on journeying through those dark-valley experiences.

Here is the Mass schedule for the Holy Day Masses:

  • 12 Midnight Mass (Starts at the stroke of the New Year)
  • 10:15am Mass

I pray you will have a Blessed New Year.
I pray it be one of gentle surprises and fulfilled wishes.
I pray we all grow closer to God and each other as we journey together in faith.
For – The best IS yet to come.

Father Ron

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