Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
Today, we remember and celebrate the Magi coming to offer gifts to Baby Jesus at the stable. The promised star led them to Jesus and they fell to their knees.
The first to come to the baby was the Shepherds, who were often considered the poor and the outcast. The second are the wise and the leaders, and then we see all humanity has a chance to encounter the Son of God.
We have come to church to encounter our Savior who suffered and died for all people, and rose from the death and who promised to return again to have us rise from the dead and ascent to our creator in heaven.
You and I have a gift that the Shepherds and Wise Men did not have and that is to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus to feed us on our journey of life.
Today, we are called to be that bright star which leads others to Christ by our example and how we live out our Catholic Faith.
At the Christmas Masses, I was so inspired by whole families coming to Mass to encounter Jesus. Some just being present to God and letting God encounter them. We give the invitation and let God’s grace do the rest.
Many blessings came to St. Patrick this Advent, Simbang Gabi nine days of Masses brought a full church each day.
The Christmas Penance Service and other times for Confession and Reconciliation, well attended.
The number of communions at each Mass and people celebrating together and being open to God.
As we tabulate the 2019 Christmas collection we are getting closer to our $38,000.00 budget figure and that is really a blessing from God and we the people of St. Patrick Parish.
In 2020 let us continue to open our hearts to the Lord and also to offer our Sacrificial gifts to God by the weekly collection.
Thank you God for the wonderful people of St. Patrick Parish.
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church