Dear St. Amelia Parish Family,
Thank you to all who participated in the Parish Giving Tree this year. Your kindness and generosity through all those beautifully wrapped gifts will bring great joy and happiness to those who receive them and make Christmas possible in their lives.
Christmas is the time of the year of giving and remembering family and friends with a card or a thoughtful gift. Please remember to use your Christmas offertory envelopes that you received in your monthly packet for your gift to St. Amelia’s Church. The Christmas collection is not a gift to your priest, as was the tradition of the Church in our diocese. If you wish to remember your priests with a gift or card at Christmas, you must do so privately. Father Seán Paul and I would like to share a Christmas gift with all of our parish families with the book entitled Perfectly YOURSELF by Matthew Kelly located at the doors of the church. This is a wonderful book for you to discover God’s dream for you as you become the best version of yourself as you embrace it with all your heart, mind, body and soul.
“MY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE”
The celebration is just around the corner. Weeks of anticipation and preparation during the Advent season bring us to the Feast of Christmas. The greatest gift we could ever receive was given when the Son of God came into the world as an infant. He worked with human hands and acted with a human will. Born of the Virgin Mary, He was made one with us with the Love of God shown in the gift of His only begotten Son given to all of us.
Let us pray together as we journey with Christ this thought from Pope Francis:
“Jesus, in you I am never alone, even in difficult moments,
even when my life’s journey comes up against problems
and obstacles that seem insurmountable.
I accompany you, I follow you,
but above all I know that you accompany me and carry me on your shoulders.
This is my joy, this is my hope that I must bring to this world.
Teach me to see with your eyes, to live life as you lived,
to understand life as you understood it.
Help me be ready for an encounter with you,
which means being able to see the signs of your presence,
keeping my faith alive with prayer and the sacraments
and taking care not to forget about God.”
My thoughts, hopes and prayers for you and your loved ones are that we will all together heed the invitation of Pope Francis to be grateful, prayerful and that the Blessings of Christmas may remind us of how much God loves us. May the wonder of our Lord’s birth be a beautiful day of grace and love for you. May the Peace and Joy of Our Savior be a time to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends. May your New Year be filled with Christ’s Peace and Blessings. May we pray for each other always. God Bless you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!
In Christ’s Love and Peace,