Advent Message :: December 2017
A Message from our Pastor, Father Dave
I love big celebrations with family and friends. It could be a wedding, family or school reunion, birthday, anniversary, graduation, holiday or any other special occasion. I know of no better feeling than being surrounded by people I love and care for. We often enjoy great food, laugh, share wonderful stories that might be as old as great grandpa & grandma. Sometimes we may even cry as we remember people who have gone home to be with God and are now missed.
We have the opportunity and you are invited to a variety of great celebrations every week at St. Columbkille parish. At our parish, we gather for these reunions, coming together to laugh, recall the past, look forward to the future and enjoy each other’s company. We often even help each other as we all occasionally face difficult times.
Cardinal Tim Dolan, Archbishop of New York, once explained that the joyful and delightful weekly reunions at our parishes are not always the experience that all Catholics have. Perhaps all parishes are not as welcoming as ours is. Cardinal Dolan states that parishes are, “the Community and place where we celebrate that greatest of all feasts, the holy sacrifice of the Mass and where we turn for comfort and grace through all of life’s challenges. In this vision, the parish is truly our spiritual family, not just a group of near-strangers we briefly encounter once a week.”
I would like to encourage you to share this Advent and Christmas newsletter/schedule with your family, friends and neighbors. Invite these folks to “Come Home for Christmas”. I pray that those who may have been away from the Church for a while will find our parish to be a loving family that’s missed them. When people come back to our parish and feel loved, welcomed and part of our parish family I trust they will decide to come back each week.