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December 25/26: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

“MERRY CHRISTMAS!” After four weeks of Advent preparation, we have come here to celebrate the Feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world. I warmly welcome all our faithful parishioners, our young adults home from college, family members who have come from near and far, and visitors who have come to Holy Cross Church to celebrate this wonderful feast. We bring to the altar, and today to the crib, all of our cares and hopes, our disappointments, our fears, our joy, and our love, and we ask Jesus to accept them as symbols of our self offering. We pray at this Eucharist that your family celebration of the Birth of Christ may find your hearts warm and open to the Spirit of this season. On Sunday, Dec. 26th, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family and remember that we as the family of God are called to be holy people who are open to God’s plan for us and our family.

This past week I received a letter from the director of St. Patrick’s Food Pantry, which was addressed to me and all of you. It reads as follows…

Thank you so much for the tremendous amount of food donated during Thanksgiving time for the people we serve at St. Patrick’s Pantry. Your continued support of our people is very much appreciated. St. Patrick’s Pantry has served 4,652 family units representing 1,415 different families from January through November 2010, 50 more than during October. Your contribution will help us be prepared to serve all the families who come to our door. God bless you for your generosity.

Our basket for food for the pantry will remain in front of our altar to remind us of our mission to feed the hungry. Please continue your generosity and remember that as individuals we cannot meet the need, but if each of us contributes a small amount, we as a parish family can work miracles.

Thank you to Jeff and Jan Walton and their committee and workers for the beautiful decorations in the church. Thank you to the choirs, musicians, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, and those who clean the church, and all who worked to make our liturgies and our space worthy of the coming of the Christ child. It is greatly appreciated.

Kindly remember that the parish office is closed through January 2nd and will reopen on Monday, January 3rd. In the event of an emergency, I can always be reached through my cell phone (619-7844). Again have a Merry Christmas, enjoy the Christmas Holidays, and God Bless you!

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 12.26.10 Church Bulletin

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