PASTOR’S CORNER: The Christmas Season Ends
Jan. 9—This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and recall that great day when these words were spoken from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased!” Those words of our heavenly Father about His Divine Son began His mission on earth but it did not end there. In fact, we are part of the mission of the Savior and so many years later we bring His gospel to the world. From the moment of our baptism and our adoption as sons and daughters of the Lord, we have been trying our best by our lives, our faith and our good deeds to be able to hear those words about us and to please Almighty God by the way we put into practice what we have heard. As this weekend ends we begin what is called Ordinary Time. You will notice that the church sanctuary returns to its usual state and vestments will be green—a sign of the hope of the message that we bring. But our faith is not an ordinary one, for the news that a dead man now lives is nothing less than extra ordinary. In these days and and months ahead let us strive to bring to the world a message of love, kindness and peace and then ordinary time can become extra ordinary every day!
SPEAKING OF BAPTISM. It is part of the ritual of Baptism, especially for infants, that the child would receive a white garment with these words, “You have become a new creation and have clothed yourself in Christ; see in this white garment now given to you the outward sign of your Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.” It has been our custom here at St. Kevin to give to the newly-baptized child a white outer garment (outer bib) made by parishioners. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Claire Dowler who did this for many years. We are in need of someone to take over this wonderful ministry and to provide each family with a beautiful keepsake of a life-changing day. Please call or email Lisa in the office, or see me or Deacon Fulton after Mass if you have that talent and time to help us out. These little ones, the newest members of our faith family, join me in thanking you!
WE ARE GETTING THERE! Please be sure to send in or drop in your annual Parish Appreciation Fund gift. Each gift is greatly appreciated. Best wishes and prayers to all for a safe and blessed week in 2022! God Bless.
—Fr. Bob Marciano
Annual Parish Appreciation Fund
December—Earlier this month all parishioners received a letter and donation card about our Annual Parish Appreciation Fund. This year the need is great and as is explained in the letter, the school’s heating system is now over 60 years old and the control panel needs to be replaced and updated so as to provide heat for the building. As the cold days of winter descend upon us, we want to keep everyone warm and safe in our much-used school. Your kind gift of $500 or more will help us achieve this $20,000+ project cost. As always, whatever you give is graciously and thankfully received. Many thanks for your usual generosity to this very important project. You can make your donation online using Parish Giving by clicking here.
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