12 Jan 2019

This Week Letter – January 13, 2019

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From the Pastor’s Desk…

I hope these holy days of  Christmas brought you joy and drew you ever closer to God and to your families.  Once again,  I thank you for  all your Christmas greetings and for your gifts to us and to our church.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, which marks the liturgical close of the Christmas season.  The Solemnity of the Birth of Christ through the Solemnity of the Epiphany was a period of manifestation of our faith. Today’s celebration reminds us that the practice of our faith should not be seasonal, but a daily sign of our Catholic identity.   Nor should the practice of our faith be considered a duty or a burden, but rather a source of joy and pride.  Going to church should not be considered an obligation, but rather an opportunity to receive those spiritual gifts that only God and the Church can impart.

One day, I baptized an infant who was going to undergo very serious surgery the next day. I admire the faith of the parents who did not forget that the most important preparation for the child’s surgery was Baptism by which their baby received Sanctifying Grace and became a child of God and of the Church.  We, too, are children of God from the day of our own Baptism.  So today, let us thank God for this gift and show Him our gratitude by caring for His Church.  Today, let us remember to pray for our parents and godparents, thanks to whom we received this gift of faith.  God Bless!

Fr. Richard Milek