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Dec 28, 2018

Dear St. Paul Family,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.  It is a day to look at the life of the Holy Family as a model for our own families.  The Holy Family certainly had their share of struggles too, so we need to remember that we can lift up our struggles in prayer to the Holy Family for help in our day to day lives. 

Tuesday, January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation.  We will have the Vigil Mass on Monday, December 31st at 5:00pm, and on New Year’s Day at 9:00am.  This is a great way to begin the New Year by asking our Lord and our Blessed Mother to intercede for us as we begin 2019.  Though it may seem strange to the world to wish people a Merry Christmas, in the Church we still do wish each other a Merry Christmas for two week yet.  The Christmas season lasts until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which this year falls on Sunday, January 13th.   Let us continue to spread some Christmas cheer.

This coming Friday, January 4th is First Friday and we will have Eucharistic Adoration throughout the day until 4:00pm at which time we will celebrate Benediction.  If you are able to sign-up to come pray for an hour during the day on Friday, you may do so by the Mother of Perpetual Help Icon by the west doors.   Saturday, January 5th is First Saturday.  We will have Mass here at 8:00am.

If you have not purchased a calendar raffle ticket yet, this is the last weekend you will be able to purchase them to be eligible to win every day in 2019.  Proceeds go to offset our tuition subsidy at Xavier High School each year.

Let us pray for God’s blessings on our parish and on our families that we may all grow closer in our relationship with the Lord throughout this new year ahead.

Many thanks to those who gave me gifts for Christmas.  Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.  Thank you for your kindness.

Happy New Year and many blessings in 2019.

Have a Great Week!

Fr. Andy