Sunday, January 7, 2018
Jan 4, 2018
First, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made Christmas so beautiful for Transfiguration, the list is endless so please excuse me if I miss someone, but it definitely includes everyone involved in the Christmas Basket program (sponsors-wrappers-organizers-deliverers), the church decorators (inside and out), all those who made our liturgies reflective of our passion for excellence (Musicians-Singers-Servers-Lectors-Eucharistic ministers-greeters-coordinators-children and adults involved in the pageant) and most importantly the congregation. All of our Christmas celebration, from beginning to end, truly reflected the Parish’s love for our God and our brothers and sisters…THANK YOU!
Second, thank you to all those who gave generously to the Christmas collection, it is a major source of revenue for the Parish, the total Christmas collection was $47,587; our goal was $50,000. Thanks! I wish I could report more positively on our Catholic Ministries Appeal, we are still short $16,500 of our $200,339 goal, which we will have to take from our parish savings account if we don’t receive additional pledges. This is the first time in several years we have not made our CMA goal.
Finally, in his message for January 1, 2018, Pope Francis emphasized the need to address the refugee crisis: "Offering asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of human trafficking an opportunity to find the peace they seek requires a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating."
“Welcoming” calls for expanding legal pathways for entry and no longer pushing migrants and displaced people towards countries where they face persecution and violence.
“Protecting” has to do with our duty to recognize and defend the inviolable dignity of those who flee real dangers in search of asylum and security, and to prevent their being exploited.
“Promoting” entails supporting the integral human development of migrants and refugees.
“Integrating”, lastly, means allowing refugees and migrants to participate fully in the life of the society that welcomes them, as part of a process of mutual enrichment and fruitful cooperation in service of the integral human development of the local community.
Let us draw inspiration from the words of Saint John Paul II: “If the ‘dream’ of a peaceful world is shared by all, if the refugees’ and migrants’ contribution is properly evaluated, then humanity can become more and more a universal family and our earth a true ‘common home’.”
Throughout history, many have believed in this “dream”, and their achievements are a testament to the fact that it is no mere utopia.
You can access the Pope's full message at: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/peace/documents/papa-francesco_20171113_messaggio51giornatamondiale-pace2018.html
Please…. please continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,