Pastor's Column, December 28, 2014

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On Sunday I will baptize two children into the Faith after the Noon Mass: Nathan Rutherford and Rocco Battaglia. We welcome both of them into the Church that continues to proclaim the Good News of God’s incarnation into our world. 

These children remind me to thank all of you for your generous participation in our annual Adopt-a-Child program, and to express our appreciation to Jeanne Sabol and to all those who have coordinated this wonderful opportunity to help God’s children. May the Christ Child be honored by your acts of kindness.

My thanks to all those who sent cards and edible gifts to Father Vesely & I. I gave him the cards and kept the cookies, candies, and other sweets to myself so that he can remain healthy into the new year. Always trying to think of others…

In the name of the whole parish, I thank all those who had anything to do with our liturgical celebrations during this Christmas Time of the year. That includes our Mass Coordinators (Nancy Zola, Loretta Mlady, Fran McLoughlin, Ron Kollar, Chris Rath, & Doris Neylon), Music Director (Mike Caraffi) & choir members, liturgical ministers (ushers, servers, eucharistic ministers, lectors), art & environment committee (Nancy Zola & many others), and anyone else I may have forgotten due to brain damage from too many holiday parties. And finally, thanks to all of you, the people of St. Leo the Great, for your presence, generosity and faithfulness throughout the year. I hope we made you proud of our parish if you brought with you guests & visitors to the Christmas liturgies. I know I am very proud to be Pastor of such a wonderful parish. 

Let us begin the New Year of 2015 the right way by giving thanks to God for past blessings and praying for our needs in the coming months through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, whose feast we celebrate this Wednesday. Our holy day of obligation Masses will be at 4pm on Wednesday, December 31st and at 8 and 10am on Thursday, January 1st. This is a different schedule than usual for a holy day due to the uniqueness of this holiday so please note well the Mass times. 

I will not write you again until next year. In the mean time, stay healthy, happy & holy.