Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
With the beginning of a new year many people make resolutions about what they want to change about their lives. Some say they will eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more, spend less time watching TV and spend more time with family and friends. These are all good resolutions. We all seem to want to move forward in some fashion and make decisions that will better our own lives and the lives of those we love and cherish.
It seems to me that the question to ask is “Where is my life moving?” And I would match that question with “Is my life moving toward God or away from God?” If we do not consciously and willingly move toward God then we will move in the opposite direction. Spending a few quiet moments in prayer with the Lord each day will shed some light on where we want to go and how to get there.
May I suggest that we do something good for ourselves and treat ourselves to some old fashioned prayer time each day: pray the rosary, take 5 minutes of silence, read the Bible for 5 minutes. Whatever we decide, just DO IT! Start small and grow with it. The Lord will lead the way, trust Him.
I want to THANK so many parishioners who gave of their time and talents during these Christmas days:
There were those who cleaned and decorated the church.
There were the many musicians, choir members and cantors.
There were the lectors, the servers, eucharistic ministers, the ushers and the sacristans.
THANK YOU all for your countless hours of practice and volunteering to make our church look so beautiful and our liturgies so uplifting. I cannot name all of you, but you know who you are and I thank you in the name of your fellow parishioners for your gracious serving and giving! God bless you!
May we all be grateful for the precious gift of life each day in this new year. May we continue to pray for each other that this year 2018 will be a year of deep peace and hope for all!
Gratefully, Fr. Pat, CSSR