Chaplain’s Corner | 4th Sunday of Advent (December 22, 2013)

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Luke 2, 14:  Gloria in altissimis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus voluntatis; Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.

 John 1, 14:  Et Verbum caro factum est, et habitavit in nobis; And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

 Christmas 2013

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

To you and all your loved ones, I extend my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.  If you are visiting us during this holy season I offer you a cordial welcome and hope that you will return soon.  For those who are looking for a church home I assure you that our doors and hearts are always open.  We are here to help you in your spiritual journey.   Christmas is a good time to begin a year round participation in the sacred mysteries of our faith and to become active in the church.

Over the years I have heard many stories about the true meaning of Christmas.  That makes sense since the Christmas Mystery is rich in meaning.  It can never be fully told.  God’s tremendous love is like that.  Yes, God loved us so much that He sent us His beloved Son Jesus Christ.   With humble faith we turn again and again to Him who is made known as The Greatest Story Ever Told.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is our last, best, and only hope.

Just like the shepherds at the first Christmas we are encouraged by the message of the angels:  “Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David  (Luke 2,10-11).”  Our hearts cannot hold the joy we experience again this Christmas.  With the angels we must sing out as they did:  “Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will (Luke 2, 14).”  Let us all go to Bethlehem and worship Him.  Come let us adore Him!

The Lord Jesus born in Bethlehem continues to draw near to us through His Church and in His Sacraments.  Please note the times for our Christmas Masses published in this bulletin and also sent to our registered parishioners in the mail.  Please note well that this Christmas for the first time in almost fifty years we will have the Traditional Latin Mass for Christmas celebrated at 11 pm on December 24th (preceded by Christmas carols at 10:30 pm)  and on Christmas Day at 11 am.  These will be High Masses with the Stella Maris Choir.

I am grateful to all those who work hard to make our parish a more loving, kinder,  more prayerful and more faithful part of the Church the Divine Savior gave to us almost two thousand years ago.  These are difficult times.  Please consider giving a special donation to the parish this Christmas in the name of the Christ Child, the little baby Jesus born in Bethlehem.   Let us not wrap Him again in rags as He was on the night He was born.   He came that the gates of heaven could once more be opened, that you and I might live forever.  Let us open the door of our hearts to Him as we prepare for the New Year.

Mary love you!  God bless you!

Yours in the Lord,
The Rev. Mark G. Mazza, Chaplain

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