Life Is Good

01-16-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Saturday, January 22, is a voluntary day of fastng and prayer for Respect for Human Life. Each human being is made in the image and likeness of God, regardless of age or even stage of development. God Himself revealed this by taking on human fesh in the Virgin Mary’s womb, a reality we have just celebrated in the season of Christmas. There never was a tme that His miraculous concepton and gestaton could have been considered “not human enough” or “not human yet.” Saint John the Baptst even leaped at the presence of Jesus, newly conceived, in the womb of his own mother, St. Elizabeth. In the words of Mother Teresa, “Any country that accepts aborton is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is aborton.”

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You Are the Temple of God!

01-09-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Before all else, we should show gratitude. I am grateful first to God for His gift of you and our outstanding parish. We pray for God’s gracious blessings as we begin a new year of grace. I know that I speak for all of you when I also express our immense gratitude to all the “angels and elves” (as they like to be called), who did such an outstanding job decorating the church for the Christmas season. They are truly dedicated and bring such joy to their work!

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We Have Seen His Star

01-02-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This year, we arrive a little early to the Epiphany of the Lord, a.k.a., Three Kings Day. Traditionally celebrated on the Twelfth Day of Christmas (Jan. 6), liturgically in the United States and some other countries, it is moved to its closest Sunday after Jan. 1.

The word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word that means “manifestation,” i.e., making something known. From the Catechism:

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Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

12-26-2021Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Merry Christmas! We have only just begun our Church’s Christmas season, so “Merry Christmas!” is still our appropriate greeting for each other at least through Epiphany. They call it the twelve days of Christmas for a reason… They even wrote a song about it!

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Come, Let Us Adore Him!

12-19-2021Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we celebrate today the Fourth Sunday of Advent, I sometimes get the question, “Where are the Christmas decorations? The poinsettias? The greenery?” While homes often decorate after Thanksgiving Day (or Halloween, these days), Catholic churches do not because it is Advent, not yet Christmas. You’ll see a few wreaths up by now and possibly some bare trees, but we save the good stuff for the Christmas season, which begins the evening of the 24th and goes through the Baptism of the Lord in January. Our “elves” are making plans and are ready to decorate, and I promise you’ll see a riot of Yuletide colors when you arrive for Christmas Masses!

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Rejoice!

12-12-2021Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson

Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ,

Because of our often busy schedules, we all like (and need) to plan ahead. With that, I bring you our schedule for Masses for Christmas and the Christmas season:

First, please note that on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, we will have no confessions or the usual 5pm Mass.

Christmas Eve Masses - 12/24: 4pm, 6pm, & 8pm (in Spanish)

Christmas Midnight Mass - begins at 12 Midnight

Christmas Day Mass - 12/25: 10am

For Sunday, Dec. 26 (Holy Family Sunday), Mass times are like a normal Sunday.

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Immaculate Mary

12-05-2021Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Wednesday, December 8, we joyfully celebrate a special Holy Day of Obligation – the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses are: Vigil, 7 Dec. at 5:30pm; and 8 Dec. at 8:20am, 12noon, 5:30pm, and 7pm in Spanish. We celebrate the conception of Mary in the womb of St. Ann, her mother – one of the supreme preparations God made for His Son to literally take flesh from Mary at the Incarnation. By preserving Mary at the first moment of her existence (her conception) from the original sin of Adam and Eve, Mary was made pure and ready for the later overshadowing of the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation. On May 13, 1846, the United States bishops unanimously chose the Virgin Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception as patroness of our country. Come pray for your family and our nation on this important Holy Day.

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