My Dear Parishioners and Friends of Holy Family Catholic Community,
As you and your families celebrate the Christmas Season, first and foremost I want to wish you, on behalf of the Holy Family Catholic Community, a joyous and blessed season, filled with the love of God. I welcome all our visitors during this Holy time and invite you to come back to celebrate with us throughout this special year.
We have to remember that Christmas is not only a time that pictures images of a child born in a manger, but there is much more to this time of year! It is a season that opens our hearts and minds to the presence of God becoming man, “the Incarnation”. This occurs mainly out of a Love and care that God has for His own creation of humanity. It is the time we see through special eyes, that God’s love is so great for His children that he stoops down to our level to bring us up to His level. This is the true gift of Christmas. By Christ’s birth, the status of humanity has been raised. By it we are led to a place in His Kingdom of Eternity. And from that, we are called to a great responsibility and purpose!
This year is a special Christmas, as we as a Diocese are celebrating a year long 50th Anniversary which centers on the importance of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the gift that Christ leaves us to constantly feed and remind us of God’s care for us. As we celebrate the gift of Christmas, we are reminded in the Eucharist that Christ comes and does not leave us abandoned, but retains a constant presence to us to keep us aware of the great gift that transforms us into His likeness, through the Eucharist.
As we proceed forward in this Holy year of the Eucharist, we realize that we have been called to help enlighten others of this great gift of Christ, that has been initiated with the incarnation and leading us to eternal life with this God of Love. May this years Christmas lead you to a greater awareness of God and His purpose for you in a profound and lasting way.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Very Rev. John C. Giel, V.G.,