Christmas Blessings! In the name of Saint John Paul II Parish Staff, Father Jim, and myself, I pray that you and your families will have a Blessed Christmas and a grace-filled Christmas Season!
There are several Scripture Readings prescribed for the Christmas Masses. There are those for the Christmas Vigil Mass, Mass During the Night, Mass at Dawn, and Mass During the Day. Since we are celebrating Mass During the Day, at 9:30 AM, I decided to highlight that Gospel passage: the Prologue to John’s Gospel. John has no Nativity story. He presents to us the theology of the Word of God who from the very beginning was with God and was God. He is the Word who became flesh and made his dwelling among us. The end of the Prologue states: “No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.” The Word of God, Jesus Christ, came to dwell among us, so that we might not only experience God, but that we, the children of God, may become like the Word of God: a word that speaks Good News - a voice for the voiceless and those in need - a light to those who experience darkness – a word of peace, a word of hope, and a word of love. This week, and this Christmas Season, let us ask ourselves how our lives reflect the Word of God: the Son of God who is Jesus Christ the Lord.
The beautiful Chasuble with the image of Saint John Paul II which Father Jim wore at our Christmas Liturgies was purchased in Rome. It is a Christmas gift to us, thanks to the generosity of a parishioner (who wishes to remain anonymous). The parish was given the donation with the request to purchase a special gift for our parish from Rome.
Please join us for the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God next weekend. Masses are 4:00 PM Saturday and 9:30 AM Sunday.
Christmas Joy and Peace!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ