Dear Blessed Sacrament family,
I begin this letter with a thank you to the many people who made our Christmas liturgies dynamic, beautiful, faith filled, motivating and well attended. Each year I notice that the list of those who are actively involved in our liturgies, young and old, expands. That is a wonderful thing and I thank God for such an involved parish.
I would like to share with you a personal observation and spiritual gift card I received over these weeks of Christmas. It occurred at the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This is often, for many churches, a poorly attended Holy Day. I’m not sure why, but I had that in my mind as I set up for the evening Mass. As the hour for Mass approached, we noticed that not only was the attendance looking good, it looked GREAT! It was standing room only and Deacon Michael had to quickly add more hosts and wine before the Mass began. But the thing that moved me the most was looking out at our community and seeing our Sacred Heart, St. Matthew and St. Bernard family all worshiping, singing and praying as one body – the Body of Christ. It was incredible hearing the powerful prayer responses and the enthusiastic singing. I remember thinking at that moment that this must be incredibly pleasing in the sight of God.
I know discerning God’s plan for us as individuals and as a Parish is not always easy. And the change we’ve gone through over these past four years has been at times taxing. But looking out and seeing a united family was, for me, God’s whisper that we’re on the right path – His path. Praise God.
So, in closing, thank you for all that you do for our parish of the Blessed Sacrament. Thank you for all you do for my staff and clergy. And thank you all for hanging in there as we discern His will today and tomorrow. God bless you for your faithfulness and support.
Happy New Year everyone.