December 23, 2018 – A View from the Rectory Window

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

 

“In honor of this holy season,” Saint Peter said, “You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”

The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. “It represents a candle,” he said. “You may pass through the pearly gates,” Saint Peter said.

The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, “They’re bells.” Saint Peter said, “You may pass through the pearly gates.”

The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s glasses.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And just what do those symbolize?”

The man replied, “They’re Carol’s.”

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Inspired by the quick (and inspired) thinking of the last gentleman, I take this occasion to thank you for your presence to our parish family this Christmas and all that this symbolizes.

On behalf of all who serve our parish family, I sincerely hope that our shared remembrance of Christ’s birth brings a renewed sense of the peace and hope to you and those you love. As we celebrate Christmas together, I thank you for your presence and prayers. I extend a special welcome if you are joining us for the first time, if you are visiting from any other places or faith traditions, or if you do not worship with us on a regular basis.

Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or years. What a wonderful and grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church community. I extend to all of you an open, grateful heart of welcome.

Just as the shepherds were led to a humble stable in Bethlehem to worship the infant Jesus, I believe that we also have been led to be together at this time and in this place to sing with the angels: Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people on earth! I hope that God’s presence will be made known to you not only today but every day.

Be assured that I and our parish family, pray daily for you, your loved ones and your intentions. May our Lord Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you at this blessed time of hope and grace. May Mary, the Mother of the Child Jesus and our Mother, watch over you and our beloved Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Fr. Pete