Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dec 16, 2016

Dear friends,

WALK WITH GOD’S PEACE IN HARMONY!

Enjoy, stay calm and count your blessings!

This is something I will be saying to myself on a regular basis during this holiday season when things can get a bit busy. I am sure some of you will be muttering similar things as we begin to celebrate the Christmas season. It’s so easy to get carried away by all the demands of the season and easily forget it is a time to soak in the sacredness of life.

As I reflect on Christmas and all the related activities I cannot help but be mindful of those who have no one to be with during this season. Do you know someone who will be alone on Christmas Day? If you do, would you consider giving them a call to wish them a blessed Christmas or maybe even invite them to dinner?

I recently received the following little poem, "THIS CHRISTMAS” that struck a chord within my soul and I would like to share it with you today. It is a clear reminder of what this season is all about, especially in our 21st century world.

THIS CHRISTMAS
MEND A QUARREL *
SEEK OUT A FORGOTTEN FRIEND *
SHARE A TREASURE *
GIVE A SOFT ANSWER *
ENCOURAGE YOUTH *
KEEP A PROMISE *
FIND THE TIME *
FORGIVE AN ENEMY *
LISTEN *
APOLOGIZE IF YOU WERE WRONG *
THINK FIRST OF SOMEONE ELSE *
BE KIND AND GENTLE *
LAUGH A LITTLE *
LAUGH A LITTLE MORE *
EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE *
GLADDEN THE HEART OF A CHILD *
TAKE PLEASURE IN THE BEAUTY AND
WONDER OF THE EARTH *
SPEAK YOUR LOVE *
SPEAK IT AGAIN *
SPEAK IT STILL ONCE AGAIN *

Anonymous

Finally, make sure to take time to relax and enjoy the sights and smells of this special season!

One final note – We really, really need you to do it now!! We are almost at our Catholic Ministry Appeal goal of $195,712. Thank you for making your pledge! Your pledge is important to the life of our local Church and to our parish. Please make your gift or pledge this week so we can conclude the Appeal before the Christmas season.

Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,

 

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