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Dear Parishioners:

I am not a shopper. I am the male stereotype captured by the expression “Women go to shop, men go to buy”. Seems there is some truth in that but nonetheless I do have a certain fascination with the shopping experience and at this time of year I love to aimlessly walk a mall and catch the sights.
Crowds are shopping for gifts. They are dreamers reaching for the perfect gift. What criteria drives the buyers? Do some only buy gifts that are needed? Or does one buy gifts on the basis of what is wanted? I imagine some buy gifts because it is expected of them! Or maybe it is a workplace custom? Obligation could drive gift buying – what will they think of me if I don’t? Or habit – we’ve always given them a gift!
I love the sign – “One size fits all” though I doubt it is true. I also love the sign – “Gifts under $20”. I smile and wonder if that is to help a buyer with a budget? Or is it for those who have friends worth less than $20 !!!

Christmas is definitely about gifts and the first Christmas gift is still the best. Jesus is the gift to our world and to us. He is truly the one size that fits all. Take a pause today. Reach out your hands to your loving Father and accept the gift of his Son, Jesus. He is indeed the perfect gift; he fills our needs and he fills our wants. He brings to completion all our Christmas dreams. He is the gift of Peace.

Come celebrate that Peace in the Sacrament of Penance this Wednesday evening at 7:30PM. Forgiveness is a powerful gift that changes us. A Christmas Confession is part of our tradition and very important in preparing for the great Birthday. Come be a part of your faith community this Wednesday evening. Bring your whole family. Let’s make our world a place of peace where the lion and the lamb can lie down together.


A blessed Advent to you all,
Father McNamara

 

 

View the photos from Father Dan Fox farewell liturgy on June 29, 2014.

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Prayer For Priestly Vocations
Prayed at the Ordination of
Fr. Eben McDonald and Fr. Nabor Rios
on June 3, 2012

Father, in every generation you provide ministers of Christ and the Church. We come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve our Archdiocese in the ministerial priesthood.
Give us priests who will lead and guide your holy people gathered by Word and Sacrament. Bless us with priestly vocations so that we can continue to be a truly Eucharistic Church, strengthened in our discipleship of Jesus Christ, your Only Son.
Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people.
We make our prayer in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ, Our Lord.

 Amen


 

    
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