Journey of the Wisemen

From the Desk of Father David

Dear Parishioners and Friends in Christ,

              Today is a great day for our parish. The Feast of the Epiphany, is also the anniversary of the dedication of our Church.  

              This was a very unique Christmas.  As we bring this Christmas Season to a close, I want to thank all those who helped with Christmas and the Christmas Season.  Thank you to the Decorating Committee, I have received many compliments on how beautiful the Church looks.  The decorations are outstanding.  Suzanne Pionessa for the wonderful Christmas bulletin and for live streaming most of the Masses.  Seminarian John Willett for serving the Christmas Masses.  Thank you to Debbie Dalesandro and Michael Zachowicz for leading the music. Thank you to all the Greeters, Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Serves, Adult Choir and Family Choir who made the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God and Epiphany celebrations special.  Thank you to all who donated to the Sharing Committee gift giving.  A thank you goes out to all my staff for all their hard work and to David Friol who spent countless hours removing snow.  On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who sent cards, goodies or gifts.  I am grateful for your generosity.  You are a wonderful community and I am proud to be your pastor. 

Now we turn our attention back to the Epiphany.  Here are four lessons we learn from the wisemen in Matthew’s Gospel 2:1-15

Their plans changed when they realized the importance of the star.  Stay alert and open to new possibilities to see where God is leading you.  Remember God is the God of surprises.

It took the Wisemen a year or more to find Jesus and during their journey they traveled through many countries and had new encounters with people and their customs.  Enjoy the journey through life, especially the simple events and the people you meet.

The Wisemen didn’t know their destination or what dangers they might encounter, but even with all these uncertainties they were willing to set out and do homage to the new born king.  Don’t let fear guide you, let the light of Christ guide you.

Remember the Wisemen were able to discern the difference from a regular dream and a dream from God.  All of life is a journey of growing closer to Jesus, keep watch and listen for His voice which comes to you in so many different ways..

May the Christ Child fill your hearts with peace and always hold you in His loving embrace.

In Christmas peace,

Fr. David

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