Dear Parishioner and Friend of The Sunday Mass,
It seems like just yesterday that it was July 1st and I was settling into my new responsibilities as pastor and host of The Sunday Mass and yet here we are approaching the Christmas Season. My how time flies when you are having fun but also when you are busy. I am sure like me you are gearing up for the holidays. There is a long list of “to does” and not a lot of time to do them!
The Christmas Season can be a joyous and wonderful time of the year but it can also be a struggling time of the year. It can be the best of what life is but it can also amplify the struggles that all of us live through from time to time. Our challenge is always to focus on the joyful and positive elements of this beautiful season and to not let them be overrun by the struggles and conflicts that often rest within our hearts.
As we make this Christmas and New Year’s journey let us remember that some of us struggle with loneliness, the pain of remembering family and friends who are no longer with us to celebrate and the distractions and busyness that life especially during this season often brings. Wherever you find yourself these days take some time during this Christmas Season to pause and be touched by its true meaning. The gift and meaning of Christmas lies beyond gifts, trees, decorations and merriment. While these things are good, fun and helpful – the true meaning of Christmas is the profound love that God offers us in His own Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the gift of Christmas, Jesus, God touches our world in a radical and life giving way. He came amongst us and continues to come amongst us. In making the decision to be born into our human experience over 2000 years ago, Jesus gave us the opportunity to know his heart and vision more intimately so that we have the chance to participate in his mission as he is born in our hearts each and every day of our life.
The most profound way that we can celebrate the gift of this season is through the Eucharist and once again we offer you a special one-hour Christmas Mass and also a half hour Christmas Mass depending on the TV channel that you watch. We hope to make this year celebration a wonderful encounter with the most profound gift that God has given us.
Please check your local TV listing for the times that The Sunday Christmas Mass will be aired. The Christmas Mass will also be available for viewing beginning on Christmas Eve at our website.
Please know that during this most holy time of the year we would like to remember your Intentions in a prayerful way. Please use the form attached to this letter to tell us who and what you would like us to pray for during this Christmas season.
We will place your Intentions next to the altar throughout the Christmas season and lift your prayer to God as we lift our voices, minds, hearts, and spirits in prayer during The Sunday Mass celebrations.
May God’s joyful and merciful blessings be upon you and those you love throughout this holy season and always.
Peace in the Child Jesus,
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
Pastor of The Sunday Mass