From Father Varghese's Desk

From Father Varghese's Desk

From Father Varghese’s Desk

 

Every family experience challenging times.  Parish families are no different. We all know of Catholics separated from the church by some hurt they experienced. Advent is the time to prepare for and welcome the Prince of Peace, our time to learn to be peacemakers.


Christmas and family are inextricably linked. Every greeting card, television special and holiday movie reinforces this theme.   We recall the perilous journey of the Holy Family to Bethlehem. We think about our own families, arriving from near and far. We consider our parish family as we gather to await the coming of Christ. When one of us is unable to join in these family occasions, we suffer in their absence.


Wounds of heart, we know, are not easily healed. What we can do during this holy season of Advent is make our parish a place of hospitality, where all feel welcomed.  We can begin in our homes, in traffic or at the mall with small acts of kindness:  a smile, a compliment, helping with packages or letting the other driver go first. Think of each act as a small prayer that can be included in our seasonal prayers of preparation.


By the time Advent is over, we pray that we have become ambassadors of peace and joy in our homes, our communities and our parishes. As the pews fill on Christmas Day, our message to those newcomers and old-timers will be:  We need you. We love you.  We are better with you among us. Welcome home for Christmas. 

Thursday December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception—a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics.  The Immaculate Conception celebrates the truth that Mary herself was conceived without sin in the womb of her mother, St. Anne. Masses will be Thursday at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. 


I pray this season of preparation for Christmas will renew your Faith and lead many people (especially our wandering and inactive brothers and sisters) to rediscover the heart in every Catholic Church—Jesus Christ in the Eucharist! 

 

Have a Good Week and God Bless


Fr. Varghese