A word of thanks for those who contributed to the Christmas Collection. Your generosity afforded us the opportunity to send along a check for nine thousand dollars to the Clergy Benefit trust for the needs of our retired priests.

This Sunday afternoon I will be travelling down to San Antonio, Texas for the National Pastoral Musicians Winter Colloquium, along with our Choir Director, Chris Kerins. The theme for the colloquium is ’that you may be healed’ which focuses on liturgical music for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing. Unfortunately Joe Kodzis, our Music Director, is unable to join due to his fulltime job. I would like to enhance the Liturgical celebrations for each of these sacraments with Penance Services for Advent and Lent and Masses of Anointing for Ordinary Time.

In response to the many reports of cold and flu throughout the archdiocese the decision has been made by the Moderator of the Curia to eliminate distribution of the Precious Blood until further notice. I expect that we will resume with both species of Most Holy Communion during Holy Week, which falls on the second week of April.

I received many Christmas cards, and my favorites include those with pictures of the children. I want to thank you for the many cards and the kind and generous words of support. I also appreciate the gifts that were given, and enjoyed the variety which included Moose popcorn, cranberry bread, and other delicacies and a tee shirt! I have sent thank you notes, and if for some reason you get overlooked please know of my appreciation.

The greatest joy I received was seeing so many of our families at Christmas Mass. Now onto Lent and Easter. Pray for warm weather and an early Spring.

God bless everyone!