One of the most common comments that I hear on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is, “Why are the Christmas decorations still in the church?” This is a very good question and one that will be on many minds today when the decorations are still up and we even hear some portions of Christmas Carols. In the liturgical year, the Season of Christmas is counter cultural. The Season of Advent was celebrated until December 24, and the actual Season of Christmas began in the evening of December 24. Christmas concludes today with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Desert. Animals. Mother and child in a humble setting. Shepherds, Magi, and the great star. The rich and beloved images with which our Christmas scriptures are built enliven our hearts with Christmas joy, regardless of our age. We not only sing carols about them in church, we sing them at home and while shopping. Scripture, legends, and popular images from culture have become so intertwined through the centuries, I find myself, at times, taking these images for granted, until something brings me back to the heart of the matter.
With incredible success Saint Clement hosted the First Annual Christmas Dinner for the Homeless on Dec. 29 in the school cafeteria. The dinner had over 100 of our friends join us for turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese, cranberries and numerous desserts. The food was prepared and served by 180 parishioners who volunteered their time throughout the preparations and night of the dinner¬, including homemade desserts from parishioners.
As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Joseph M. Siciliano.
It's that time of year again where many take the time to make their annual New Year's resolutions. Each year, many people's resolutions include ways to improve their health, relationships, and jobs. Don't let 2016 start without adding some resolutions to improve your faith life. Here are five faith based resolutions to get you started!
Christmas, Luke and Mercy. We celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent. We have entered the year of Luke. We have begun the Year of Mercy. Listen closely, meditate often.