What an incredibly liturgically rich weekend we celebrate beginning today! On this Fourth
Sunday of Advent we rejoice in the willingness of Mary to answer YES: “Let it be done to me according to your word.” In that moment God’s plan for our salvation became ever more real. The world would receive its Savior and the plan for our salvation is revealed as we sing: Joy to the world the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King. How can we possible hope to thank God for this incredible gift?!
The Christmas Season, which officially begins at sunset on Christmas Eve is a perfect time to express gratitude to God for the gift of Jesus Christ, Our Savior. It also seems a very appropriate time to speak sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of the people of St. Francis Xavier and beyond who come to celebrate with us as a community of faith. There is so much to be thankful for and I ask God’s blessings on all of the following:
In thanksgiving to all who gather for the Eucharist and in doing so enhance our common prayer.
To all those whose dedication to our music ministry provides us “sounds of heaven” that fill our hearts with joy.
To our young people who have reached out to so many during this season of joy to share their time, efforts
and joy with others. In thanksgiving for the generosity of parish members in providing gifts for the poor among us that they too might experience the gift of God’s love through others.
To all members of this community who so willingly share their time and God-given talents to care for and
companion fellow parishioners including our
BeFrienders, our Health and Wellness Team, those who visit the sick and bring the Eucharist to the homebound.
To the families who share their faith in Jesus Christ with their children in hope that they will grow in love for Jesus and the Church. You provide us with the Gift of hope. In thanksgiving to God for Fr. Tim, who provides for our parish family the love, compassion and guidance of a true shepherd. May God bless him for his goodness and bring him joy in life.
It seems the best way for all to thank God for the incredible gift of Jesus is to share his Love with family, friends, stranger and foe. We are the hands and the heart of Jesus Christ in the world today. Let us rejoice and give thanks! Wishing All a Blessed and Merry Christmas,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
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