Pastor’s Reflection for January 10, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This ends our Christmas season. On this feast, it is a good reminder of our own baptism. As we celebrate our Baptism of the Lord 2015physical birth, we should make it a point to celebrate our spiritual birthday. This was the day that we became adopted members of God’s family. It was a great day for us and we should celebrate that great event. If you have not yet learned your baptismal date, I would encourage that you do so.

We learned that the Archdiocese of Boston has called for a special second collection for next weekend to benefit Catholic schools. The focus of this collection will be far-reaching, helping to grow enrollment and making Catholic education more accessible for all. We are told that since we do have a Catholic school, our school will receive 50% of the funds collected next weekend. The remaining funds will be distributed to other elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Parishioners can also donate online at Donations made online cannot be directed toward a specific school.

This weekend and the following we will begin to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for our Second Grade First Communion class. This is a good reminder for us to make this sacrament a part of our own spiritual life. I do make myself available at different times of the week to make it easier to receive the graces of this sacrament. In addition, we have the scheduled Saturday afternoon confessions from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. or you can make an appointment to receive this sacrament if the scheduled times are not convenient.

As we leave our Christmas season, remember that the baby who was born in Bethlehem is your baby. This is not just some feel good thought but is true and it means that we are all responsible to see that the life of Jesus grows under our care. We need to take our spiritual life seriously for our eternal Salvation is at stake. It is good to see that people remember the importance of Christmas by coming to Church but it is disappointing to see how many do not return to worship. You may encourage your loved ones and friends to think about being faithful and joining our community to worship our God in attending Mass. Your invitation may be just the spark that brings another to begin to be active in living their faith.

I shall be available this week for confession on Tuesday, January 12, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,