...join us as we light the way to the birth of Jesus!
... All are Welcome
..Funeral for Alicia Pelosi , Friday, December 14th at 10:30am
Monday - Saturday: 8:30am
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 11:00am & 5:00pm
Children's Liturgy of the Word at 9:00am & 11:00am
8:30am, Noon, 7:00pm
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
To the Mall or to the Manger? Where are you headed to? Where does your preparation for Christmas lead you to? Is there anything that challenges our use of time and money as much as the Christmas season? Does Christmas – the most poetic expression of God’s relationship with us lead us to mend, nourish and nurture our relationships with God and with one another?
Year after year, we marvel at the irony of it: a time to honor and ponder God’s great mystery of love: The Incarnation, somehow falls prey to a time of stressful shopping, endless “to do” lists, strained checkbooks, overused credit cards and guilt over what’s not getting done. Sometimes those non-stop Christmas tunes begin to grate on our senses. Failing to plan is planning to fail!
So, here are some suggestions to make the celebration of Christmas this year focused, leave you stress free and help you harvest some benefits.
Stop and be mindful: Why not plan a family gathering to determine how you want your celebration of Christmas to go? Why not consider what to discontinue, modify or do something new as part of your celebration of Christmas? Trust me; being intentional pays rich dividends
Set realistic expectations: Being clear about the outcome of the celebrations early, helps us benefit from them. Where is your attention? In acquiring more things or building up your relationships? Setting goals will lead you to realizing them
Make room for God: If Christmas is the celebration of God love as revealed in the Baby of Bethlehem, wouldn’t it be a good idea to choose to spend more time with God as family and as individuals? Like praying the Grace before and after meals, resuming praying with your family, reading the Scriptures, participating in the Eucharist, spending some time before the Blessed Sacrament etc
Consider helping the poor: Sharing and caring is what makes Christmas truly Christmas. Reach out and raise up someone. Christmas joy comes our way as we give it away
Give intentionally: we may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. Before you give to a need, remember that we all have the need to give. Hence, I invite you to give generously. As you plan for your holiday giving, keep in mind St. Vianney. Our goal may be $150,000 but our primary goal is for every family’s participation. But please, no left overs for God. He wants “our first fruits”. What we give to God comes back to us manifold. After all, God is never outdone in generosity.
As the Season of Advent progresses, please be assured of my prayers for you. I celebrate the Eucharist every day; sometimes twice on weekdays and six times on the weekends. I’m committed to praying for you and our families in all of them because we are family!
With prayers, wishes and blessings,
Rev. William Rosario