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Feast of the Holy Family

Merry Christmas! Unlike the secular world our celebration of Christmas continues! The shopping malls have been playing Christmas music since before Thanksgiving, some since Halloween! The radio stations play carols and Christmas songs all day on December 25, but come the 26th of December, the Christmas theme is put away for another year. Our church, though, continues the celebration of the Birth of the Lord until the final day of the season with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this time we celebrate the Octave of Christmas. eight days in which we reflect on the Nativity as if time stands still, as if each day is Christmas Day. This highlights the importance of Jesus· birth as our Savior.

Posted on December 29, 2019

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During the Christmas season we celebrate special feasts. This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. The feast calls us to remember that Jesus was born into a family household as well as into the human family. May we reflect today on the gift of our families; the family into which we were born and our church family, which we entered through our rebirth in Jesus, our Savior. Every year I celebrate Christmas Day with my sister Sharon and her family in Holland Patent, NY. When I visit my sister's family I am flooded with memories of past Christmas days. I remember so vividly watching Sharon's children opening their presents on Christmas Day, and then her grandchildren, and now her great-grandchildren. This year though we will be feeling the loss of one of the little ones, Addison, my great-grandniece, who died in October a few days shy of her fifth birthday. Addison was so full of life and energy. She filled our hearts with joy and love. Her absence will be felt greatly, but we will hold close the loving memories we have of her radiant smile.

Addison was my sister, Sharon's great-granddaughter; Sharon has been on our prayer list the past few years as she is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer. She is the only one of my siblings that I get to see at Christmas. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. My other siblings, Cathy and David, I do not get the chance to see during the Christmas season.
But we always keep in touch via the telephone. Cathy and her husband live in Missouri and are always near family as two of their boys bought houses next to theirs! They have two grandchildren, a boy and a girl, who live right next door. Last year Cathy had back surgery right after Christmas, this year her husband, Carl, had knee replacement surgery a few weeks before Christmas. (I guess we are all showing the signs of getting older.) Please keep her family n your prayers as well. My brother, David, was on the prayer list a few weeks ago after he fell off a ladder trying to clean out the gutters. He injured his leg but is responding to wound therapy treatments. Last he moved into a new house this year in Tacoma, WA that he loves, but after his fall he has second thoughts if he can maintain it. He now is thinking about moving closer to his children east of Seattle. If you remember we had been praying for David who had liver transplant surgery. It now has beeo over four years since the surgery and he is doing very well, (as long as he stays off of ladders!) We remain ever grateful to the donor, whose-precious gift gave him new fife. t and'pray that the donor is experiencing eternal life with the Lord.

As I celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this year I ask the Holy Family to intercede for my siblings that their health continues to improve. On New Year's Day we celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God. We will have two anticipated Masses on New Year's Eve, at 4:00 p.m. St. Patrick, Moravia and 5:30 p.m.at Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry. On New Year's Day we will have a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick, Aurora. There will be no New Years Day Mass at St. Michael, Union Springs. As the New Year begins let us pray for Peace in our world, in our country, in our families and in our hearts.
Merry Christmas & Happy Year
May God bless you & your family,
Father Bill

Words from our Pastor

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