These twelve days we celebrate the second most important and the shortest liturgical season – Christmas. The Emmanuel “God is with us” has come to make His dwelling with us in our hearts, homes, and daily lives, to transform the darkness and suffering of our human experience into the splendor of His glorious light, love, and everlasting life.
This Tuesday, January 1, at the end of the Christmas Octave full of special feast days comes the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. It is a holy day of Mass obligation. It also marks the beginning of our civic calendar, and the Church reminds us that it was Mary who was instrumental in ushering the Messiah into our world through her full cooperation with God’s will. One of the highlights of Christmas is the Incarnation. Through it God took the human form in Jesus and elevated it to the level of Divinity through His resurrection. We continue to build up the Mystical Body of Christ by becoming His hands, feet, mouths, and hearts, as we serve the people in need.
On behalf of Msgr. Leo McCarthy and myself, we offer our deep gratitude to all who have sent their Christmas gifts, cookies, and cards to the rectory. I also thank all for remembering our wonderful office staff. Thank you very much. Know that we keep you in our prayers.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Fr. Matt Nycz