I. And the Celebration of Christmas Continues! You can’t cram the mystery of the Incarnation into one day. The Church, in her wisdom, speaks of the twelve days of Christmas! Actually, the season of Christmas is extended to the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which this year is on January 11. Some refer to the feast of the Baptism of Jesus as the “hinge feast,” bringing the Christmas season to a conclusion and ushering in the work/mission of Ordinary Time. The poem, Real Presence, by Barbara Molinari Quinby, MPS, who ministers at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, NC, summarizes well the MYSTERY we are celebrating:
Making room for Jesus isn’t easy,
Cleaning out stables of hatred is tough.
Forgiving mean innkeepers is trying,
Loving what’s unlovable is rough.
We often live in a world of divisions–
In our hearts, in our homes, in our minds.
Blind and deaf to the insight and wisdom,
To treat ourselves and our neighbors more kind.
Yet on a cold winter’s night in Bethlehem,
Someone no one suspected would call,
Came into our world of confusion,
Modeling peace, love, and justice for all.
So as we follow the stars on our journey,
Seeking salvation in faraway lands,
Let’s remember the life-saving presence
Made Real in our hearts and our hands.
II. Epiphany Concert and International Potluck: You won’t want to miss our second annual Epiphany Concert today, Sunday, January 4, at 4:00pm; it’s a chance to sing many of our beloved Christmas carols again! We invite you to bring a dish from your country of origin to share with fellow parishioners in a cornucopia of delicious food at our Epiphany International Potluck, coordinated by Lupe Ellis. Last year, Carson Lewis was the lucky/chosen one who received the piece of cake with the image of baby Jesus; therefore, the Lewis family have the honor of bringing our King Cake this year! The parish will provide the drinks, unless you would like to bring your own bottle of wine.
III. Commitment to the Parish: As of December 22, we have 216 out of 560 who have returned their Time, Talent, and Treasure forms; if you misplaced or “circular filed” this form, you may call the office for a new one. Being part of a parish is “give and take.” If you have not returned your COMMITMENT FORM for this upcoming calendar year, please do so as soon as possible.
IV. Opportunities for Life (OFL) Collection is designated for January 10-11. Opportunities for Life is a life-affirming ministry of the Bishops of Kentucky. The OFL ministry is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to offer confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, and information to those affected by an untimely pregnancy. Please be generous in your support of this ministry. In addition to your generous gift, please pray for the OFL volunteers and for those the ministry serves. To learn more about the Opportunities for Life ministry, call 1-888-496-3638.
V. Diocesan Event Welcomers: There is a training session on Monday, January 5, at 6:00pm. We will begin in church and end in the rectory. There are approximately seven (7) Diocesan liturgical events at our Cathedral each year, so if we have enough to divide into teams, that will be terrific, and a great opportunity to welcome people from other parishes to their/our Cathedral.
In Joy and Hope,