This year we did the fruit basket project in the parish for the fifth time and we had over 130 fruit baskets donated to the sick, housebound, the local food pantries, and senior members of our parish. Your generosity helped to bring a little joy to many of our brothers and sisters. Overall we are making over 300 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.
Monday evening we will 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, and mercy. May God’s Spirit help you each day in your efforts to bring about the justice and peace of God’s kingdom.
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. It is a day to reflect on the family of our origin and pray that Jesus will touch our family with his healing love and enable us to live each day in unity and peace. Masses will also 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 that the Peace of Christ will be experienced in our world, in our country and in our own heart. The following weekend, January 5/6, we celebrate Epiphany, and are reminded that we are called to bear the light of Christ to others each day of our lives. We close out the Octave of Epiphany and the Christmas Season on January 12/13 with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. May we celebrate all these special feasts during the Christmas Season in the joy of knowing that Jesus has come to live with us and in us until the end of time.
On behalf of the parish staff of Good Shepherd Catholic Community, I wish all of you a Blessed Christmas. I thank God for the privilege of serving such wonderful people of faith.
God’s blessings and peace,