From Fr. Godfrey
– May this new year 2018 be filled with the divine gifts of faith, peace, and holy joy for all of us! Asking our Blessed Mother for her prayers, let’s seek the wisdom of God more frequently each day.
– Thank you to Fr. Steve Lintzenich for covering the Masses this weekend. I’m in Oakland, California, for an Epiphany program — the same one I did last year. Please recall that Janèt Sullivan Whitaker was here for our We Are One program twice. This is my second (and last) payback for that kindness.
– CHRISTMAS. Once again, I invite you to offer a prayer of thanks in the next few days for all those who contributed to the beauty of our Christmas festivities. Many who have visited have commented on the beauty of the music , liturgy, and the decorations. (Some have noticed that many do not sing in church; let’s continue to encourage one another!) Also, my personal thanks to so many who offered a kind greeting to me and to the staff. What a positive difference a kind word can make!
– VOWS. The promise and vow I mentioned in my homily last weekend on the Feast of the Holy Family are here.
Baptism: You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking? We do.
Marriage: I, N., take you, N. to be my wife/husband. I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life.
As I said in my homily, I encourage you to renew these commitments every day!
– RENOVATION. Soon, I’ll be presenting the proposal for the renovation of the church to Bishop Siegel. Once I secure his approval, we will schedule a gathering for members of the parish to see what the architect and the construction committee are envisioning. Again, our timeline is governed by the campaign and the insistence, on my part, that we not go into further debt for this project. Therefore, we’re looking at a January 2019 beginning of construction.
– BOW. A reminder that the Bishops of the United States have established the norm for receiving Holy Communion: to stand and bow the head before receiving. Our unity in posture is important because it should be an outward sign of our unity with one another.