January 10, 2020
“As I Walk This Way”
As I write this article, I would like to thank everyone in our two parishes for all the help that was given in order to celebrate the Christmas season. Many people helped to set up, decorate, serve, welcome, and clean our two beautiful churches for the Christmas celebrations. Thank you to all the people who served at the various liturgies and those who maintained our sanctuaries, as well as those who live- streamed the Masses and those who provided such beautiful Music. And a special thank you to all the many volunteers who welcomed guests to our two food pantry’s and managed the Christmas basket distribution. Thank you to all who coordinated our gifts programs for those who are in need. May the Lord bless you all and all those for whom this outreach was a blessing. And finely I wish to thank our amazing lay staff and clergy who worked so hard to make this Christmas such a beautiful celebration. Thank you to all!
Following the custom that some parishes follow throughout the world, especially in Europe and the Holy Land, our two churches will remain decorated for Christmas until the Feast o the Presentation of the Lord. This practice is rarely followed in the United States; however, it seems fitting to keep up the decorations that remind us that God is Immanuel, God is with us. Following the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, on February 2 our decorations will be taken down and carefully stored away. Then in two weeks’ time we begin the Holy Season of Lent on Wed., February 17.
I wish to thank our advertising partners who generously sponsor our bulletin. Since it is important to shop local please consider supporting their business. This bulletin is the first one we have shared for our cluster of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows. This publication and those in the future will help us to learn about the events in our two parishes and to support each other on the pilgrimage of faith. My prayer is that we continue to share the gifts the Lord has given us as we build a bridge to Christ. Blessings to all! In Christ,
Fr. William G. Coffas, VF,
Pastor of Holy Cross + Our Mother of Sorrows
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