Saturday, January 4, 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I want to wish you a very Happy, Healthy, and Holy New Year to each of you! As we enter into this very holy year of 2014, my prayers and my thoughts go out to each of you. While I actually wanted to write this to you on the 1st of January, I have been out on the road a lot visiting our parishioners who are sick and caring for our parishioners who have died. Eternal Rest grant unto them O’ Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace! Amen! I very much hold their families in my heart!
Of course January 1st was a Holy Day of Obligation and our 9am Mass was full! Thanks be to God! It was a great sign to me of the spiritual health and vibrancy of our Parish! I am so proud of each of you! Keep doing the great work that you are trying to do and keep following the Lord!
In the homily, I touched upon the depth of prayer that our Blessed Mother had and I pray that each and every one of us in 2014, grows in the depth of prayer and cultivates a deep prayer life. During the homily I also encouraged us as we think of New Year’s resolutions to set some “spiritual resolutions.” For example, one resolution is to grow in our knowledge of the Faith. I truly believe that “an educated Catholic is our best Catholic.” (to paraphrase the old slogan from the Men’s Wearhouse.) How is this to be done? – I would recommend the Symbolon Program which we will formally launch on February 1st. It is a 18 week – 1 hour a week- wonderful program that you can do online. It is a gift from our Bishop Michael Sheridan and the Augustine Institute of Denver. I would encourage each family to have a “Catholic Family Hour once every three weeks. It is so easy – You get online. –you watch a 10 minute online presentation – have a discussion – the questions are right there –watch a 20 minute presentation – answer a few questions amongst yourself – and check that you completed that presentation. It is great, solid, Catholic Teaching that you can do as a family. We will provide a “lifeline” for you to call and either myself, Fr. Carlos or Deacon Tom, or Deacon Tim will be there to help you out. Complete the program and you will get a personal letter, certificate and a gift from Bishop Sheridan.
I would encourage you in your prayer life to consider this resolution and also come up with other resolutions for this very holy year of grace of 2014!
Thanks for all that you do in the life of this very vibrant Church!