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FROM THE DESK OF FATHER MIKE

My Dear Friends in Christ,

ThFeast of the Baptism of the Lord brings an end to the Christmas Season.  Our Advent and Christmas celebrations were very inspiring! I want to express my deep gratitude for all the wonderful cards, gifts, cakes, cookies, pies, jellies, jams, breads, and fruit that I received.  I am humbled at your generosity.  I also want to extend a sincere thanks to all those who were involved in any way in our many celebrations and activitiesFrom our Pastoral Staff and Deacons, to our choirscantors, and musiciansto the liturgical ministers, Mass coordinators, and ushers, to those who clean our church and the talented team who decorated our church, to the Holy Name Societyto our 8th Graders who inspired us with a “Living Nativity” and to those who had a hand in making the Rectory Christmas Open House a success  for all these endeavors am truly grateful
Officially, the Christmas Season doesn’t end until dusk this evening. I intentionally keep the Christmas decorations and trees up the rectory until after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  This afternoon, I am going to turn on the Christmas lights and peacefully and prayerfully enjoy the last day of the Christmas season.  
The following is an excerpt from a Christmas reflection that I found many years ago entitled: 
“Then the Work of Christmas Begins”:

Then the Work of Christmas Begins

When the song of the angels is stilled, 

when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with the flocks,

Then the work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit,
To feed the hungry, to release the oppressed,

To rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples,

To make music with the heart – and to radiate the Light of Christ, 

every day, in every way, in all we do and in all that we say. 

Thenthe work of Christmas begins

It is a joy and blessing to serve you as your Pastor.  

It’s not out of place to say one last time:  

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Fr. Mike