Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus:
Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you have had a lovely celebration of the beginning of Christmas, do not forget that we have just started this wonderful season, for commerce and those who do not practice the faith, it has already ended, but for us, it is just beginning, and will end this year on January 9th, with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, during this time we will meditate on the great mystery of the incarnation. Therefore, the lights and mangers will be in our house until that day, and we will continue to celebrate it with the same faith and love as in the beginning.
Every Sunday after Christmas Day, the church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family; for this reason, this Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. The church puts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, as an example of faith. It is a day to pray for the families of our parish and to renew the love between the spouses, this day I always offer one of my Masses for the increase of love in the families that are so attacked today by the devil because the family is the heart of the church and the future of society and the world.
I thank all your expressions of affection and your warm greetings during this time. It has been the second Christmas for Father Rampino and me with you, and we are delighted to serve you as your priests. We do everything possible to be better every day. Many thanks to all of you who have become our spiritual family since June 25th, 2020. Also, I appreciate the financial support to our parish. Without your collaboration, the parish cannot move forward, and thanks to your shared heart, we can move forward.
I thank and congratulate the Staff of our parish for their hard work this year. They have worked as a team, and I know they have given their best and will continue to do so. I am very happy with all of them because we are a great team; they give their best to serve you better as you deserve, always seek to show the face of Christ. For me, as their pastor, they are not just employees; they are a family of faith that helps me move this parish forward.
The last Sunday of 2021, I wish you the best, that despite the ordeal that we are still living, it is much better than the year that is ending. I hope next year we will continue working for the kingdom of God. A year that is going by let’s look to 2022 with faith and joy to look forward. There is much to do, many battles to fight, and much to learn and grow in the grace of God. May the new year be better; let us, therefore, ask God to protect us and help us in this year 2022.
Happy New Year. I keep you in my prayers.