I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas. The children’s pageant was great as was the music and carols. Thank you to all involved in our liturgies and music, including those who spent some of their time on Sunday after the 10:15 Mass, helping change over the environment from Advent to Christmas. Good job!
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. We all know that family is important: it is where we learn to live as God wants us to live. I invite us to pay close attention to these words from Paul’s letter to the Colossians that we heard as the second reading: Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love
What inspiring families we have when these virtues are lived and modeled to children! As we begin a new year, I invite us to resolve to live these virtues better in our daily lives, thus bringing the Light of Christ into the world.
As a help for our spiritual growth, a spiritual exercise called the “Post Game Review” will be introduced at Mass this coming weekend. Please see our newsletter, The Invitation, which will arrive this week, for more information.
I wish each of you a healthy and holy 2018.
-- Paul James Portland, SDS