The Knights of Columbus have finished putting up the exterior decorations with the assistance of 12 year old Nicholas Lomba. We are blessed to have this dedicated group of Catholic gentlemen who spent their Sunday afternoon out in the cold to enhance our Christmas celebration. A word of thanks to Judge Burns and his son Al for the kind gift of a life size Santa which has been placed in the window area of the three season porch. We also hope to have the two main windows in the rectory (first and second floor) decorated with a scene of the Creche, the Star and the Three Wiseman.

As I had indicated last week, I just returned from a four day vacation to New Orleans. While down in the French Quarter I taped twelve days of homilies; today we are down to the last three.  I hope to have shot more daily homilies for the twelve days of Christmas at various Boston locations. The video homilies are about four minutes long on Facebook and about fifty seconds long on Instagram.  You can listen to them in your car as your driving to work or watch them if you’re at home. This is a great way to begin your day by listening to God’s work and bringing it into your day. If you like the video please share it with a friend. This is a great way to extend the reach of our church in a welcoming manner. Also, thanks to all of our parishioners for your outpouring of generosity for the presents, turkeys, food pantry contributions, and Christmas flowers offerings. Thanks for making this the best Christmas ever!

This weekend I have placed an early Christmas present out on the tables. In our continuing tradition we are offering Dynamic Catholic Books. This year’s book is entitled, “The Biggest Lie in the History of the Christianity” by Matt Kelly.  This is a 114-page book that shows how our modern culture is eroding our moral fiber and robbing us of the joy and security the Gospel brings into our lives. It’s written in a kind of “down home” manner and while I might not subscribe to everything he says in the books, I can say it did bring me to see how I can be my very own obstacle to joy and that a lot of my anxiety is needless and man-made. It’s worth your time!

I hope everyone has a merry Christmas, and don’t forget to get to Confession. Christmas Masses:  Christmas Eve 4pm Church & Chapel; Christmas Day 7:30 (no music) 10:00 & 11:30am. The Parish Office will be closed Christmas week and will reopen January 2nd at 9:00am. Have a blessed Christmas!