December 22, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

And so it came to pass that I was asked: what might be on my “unpublished wish list” for this Christmas? So here is my (Previously) Unspoken Wish List for Christmas.

1. For Hands and Hearts and Eyes to be opened to the presence of God, particularly through those who comes to us in need; “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40).

2. That We Persevere despite the constant expressions of disdain for the Catholic Faith that we experience today; “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. ”(James 1:12).

3. For a Return by those who have gone away; “And return to the LORD your God and obey His voice with all your heart and all your soul according to everything I am giving you today, then He will restore you from captivity and have compassion on you and gather you from all the nations to which the LORD your God has scattered you.…” (Deuteronomy 30: 2-3).

4. For Joy; “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9). May you and I find these gifts ‘wrapped’ in the fabric of our lives.

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Along the way, you may have noticed that Immaculata Hall will soon be opened in service to our parish family. On my ‘wish list’ is also:

 A multi-media package (Sound, technology, audio visual, etc.) to enhance our experiences.  Kitchen supplies for the much hoped-for celebrations.

 Furniture to serve both staff and parishioners.

 Youth related materials (sporting supplies, technology supplies).

If you haven’t previously had a chance to make a contribution to this legacy moment for our parish family, please contact me at (609) 390-0664. Your gift would be greatly appreciated.

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Most importantly, please pray for me daily, as I pray for you, that through my ministry; “God may give you the desire of your heart . . .” (Psalm 20:4).

Father Pete