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May the Blessings of the Christ Child be with you.

As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas is fast approaching. Every year at this time I am in awe of the spirit of giving and love that is revealed in so many beautiful ways during the Advent/Christmas season.

Posted by Fr. Bill on December 16, 2015

This year we did the fruit basket project in the parish for the second time and we had 88 fruit baskets donated to the sick, housebound, needy, and senior members of our parish. Your generosity helped to bring a little joy to many of our brothers and sisters. Overall we made close to 200 baskets!  ..  Thanks to all who worked on this project.  Thanks to all who took tags from the giving tree and donated Christmas gifts.   A special thanks to all who donated to the Christmas flower fund.  Thanks in advance to all the people who so beautifully decorate our churches, and all who helped to provided music and the many people who shared their voices to make the Christmas liturgies special. Thanks as well to the liturgical ministers who helped at the Christmas Masses. Your ministries throughout the year help to make our liturgies a joyful expression of our faith.

There are only a few short days left before we begin the celebration of Our Savior’s Birth. My prayer for you is that the Holy Spirit may continue to grow in your hearts to bring the healing grace of Jesus upon you and your families. Mary, the Mother of God, gave birth to Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  May the Spirit of God rest upon you to enable you to make Jesus present to others through your compassion, love, mercy, and effort to bring about justice and peace.

The Christmas season is a time when we gather as a faith community for many special liturgical celebrations. The season begins with the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, and continues next weekend on the Feast of the Holy Family. Also, Masses will be celebrated New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. May we begin the New Year honoring Mary, the Mother of God, and praying together in this Year of Mercy for the Mercy of God to be experienced in our world and in our hearts. The following weekend, we celebrate Epiphany, and are reminded that we are called to bear the light of Christ to others. On January 9/10 we close out the Octave of Epiphany and the Christmas Season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This year we have planned a Good Shepherd Catholic Community Epiphany Celebration at Lasca’s restaurant in Auburn on Saturday, January 9.  We will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00.pm.  Hope to see you there.  Make sure you make a reservation.

On behalf of the parish staff of Good Shepherd Catholic Community Parish, I wish you all a Blessed Christmas. I thank God for the privilege of serving such a wonderful community of faith.

Merry Christmas.

God’s blessings and peace,

Father Bill

 

Words from our Pastor

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