Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
It seems incredible, but we are already in November, which indicates that everything has begun to change. Autumn is becoming more visible, an indication that winter is coming and with it the great family holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
It gave me great joy to see the enthusiasm and joy with which we celebrated the solemnity of All Saints last Monday, a feast that should inspire us to dream and work to earn heaven, at the same time seeking God in small things of our daily life. The school children did a fantastic job, especially the second graders who participated in the mass representing the saints; I was impressed to see that everyone knew the virtues and qualities of each saint. Congratulations to them for their love and dedication to the faith, and I hope that the saints inspire them to be holier every day.
Next Thursday, the 11th, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. It is a day to honor our living veterans and pray for those who are no longer with us. Pray for our veterans who have faithfully protected our freedom and our country. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the parish office will be closed, and we will only have a mass at 9:00 am. God bless our veterans.
Changing the subject a bit, we have already started working on the Christmas activities, which are less than two months away to celebrate. Last year we tried to celebrate something different, but due to the pandemic, it was canceled. Still, this year we will celebrate our Christmas festival, which will be on December 18 in front of the church, it will be from 5 to 10 pm, we will have a living manger, with real animals, and we will have a petting zoo and live Christmas carols. The objective is to make our children and also us adults stop for a moment and contemplate the manger of Jesus and forget about this challenging situation, mark it on your calendar now because it will be a special day for everyone.
Finally, I thank you for all the financial and spiritual contributions you give to our parish. I feel very happy and grateful to be your pastor. Your commitment to the parish is priceless. God bless you and pay you back for all your contributions. Last week in the bulletin, we included the financial report for the fiscal year 20-21, which despite the challenges of the pandemic, your great effort has done us well. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us or send us an email, and we will gladly give you more information. God bless you abundantly.
I entrust you in my prayers, and I ask you to also pray for us who need your prayer to continue advancing in our pastoral life.
In Jesus and Mary,