Posted on Dec 11, 2018
Dear Parishioners of St. John Fisher,
Merry Christmas! It is hard for me to believe that this will be my fourth Christmas here at St. John Fisher. I have come to really look forward to our Advent and Christmas traditions: Our St. Nicholas Mass, the Giving Tree, the great Christmas music at our Masses, the overflow crowd and the pageantry of our Christmas Eve Family Mass -those and many other traditions have become dear to me. All these things we do to celebrate the birth of an infant that happened over two thousand years ago. The birth of the Christ child under such humble circumstances tugs at our hearts. We feel the same love for him today that Mary and Joseph did two millennia ago. The child Jesus would become our Savior, the Christ -the Anointed One- and would change the face of the earth.
Amid all our rushing around to buy gifts and to prepare our homes for company, we can become overwhelmed and exhausted. Take a moment to catch your breath and remember the reason for the season: We have a God who loves us so much that he sent his only Son, as one like us, to save us.
During this Christmas Season and throughout the coming New Year, I would like to invite all the parishioners of St. John Fisher Church to be active members of the Body of Christ in the world today. We must demonstrate our love of God by what we say and do, loving our neighbors and ourselves, and gather as a community at Mass each Sunday to celebrate that love of God we share with each other through the Eucharist.
I am always grateful that our parishioners are so willing to share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure throughout the year. In that continued spirit of generosity, I would like to ask you to remember St. John Fisher Church in a special way in this year’s Christmas offering. It is through your continued generosity that we continue to show that we are the Body of Christ in the world today.
On behalf of our entire parish staff, I would like to wish you all a very merry and blessed Christmas and a holy, prosperous, and happy New Year!