December 25, 2022
Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
St. Augustine Catholic Church
Dear Wonderful, Christ-centered Church Family,
Here we are again for the 30th time celebrating together the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Alleluia!! We have gone through birth, death and now resurrection. Praise God!! Alleluia, again!!
We celebrated Christmas Mass with song, praise, and HEAT, praise God. Hopefully, as I write this Pastor’s Pen, it will still be working for Midnight Mass and Christmas Day. We are looking forward to the Feast of the Holy Family on Friday, December 30. That is a celebration of God breaking into the human family with Jesus’ birth and anointing all human families with stability and loving relationships. We thank the Lord for our own families, and we are always trying to do whatever we can to build up our families in love, patience, and gentleness and really going to bat for one another in whatever problems arise.
On New Year’s Day, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, as the Holy Mother of God and our mother also. We look forward to the great Feast of the Epiphany which proclaims that we are all God’s people—all nations! During the new year as with every year, we are called to search for that deeper union with the Lord through increasing our personal prayer life with the attitude of the searching Wise Men for what really matters in our lives. For us, what really matters is that deeper, deeper relationship with Jesus.
In writing this Pastor’s Pen before Christmas, I am presuming that our new heating and cooling systems will be installed and working. If not, we just have to be patient! We have already paid more than half of the bill and are looking forward to the Archdiocese picking up the balance. So, in my humble mind and feelings, this is a great Resurrection from No Heat, No Boilers, No Nothing to new functioning system and comfortable surroundings in our church. Alleluia!!
So, we wish you a joyous Christmas and a joyous New Year. Please be very careful when responding to the severe weather forecast.
Love, Father Bob