How do you want to be different at Easter ?
Come join us for our parish Lenten Mission led by Chris Bray. Chris Bray is a dynamic full time travelling Catholic speaker & musician. Chris will be inviting us to reflect on the question, how do you want to be different at Easter than you are right now? Through music, prayer & reflection we will explore this question with Chris. The Lenten Mission will take place on two nights on Zoom: March 15th at 7PM & March 22nd at 7PM. Feel free to invite family & friends to join.
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I trust that you and your loved ones are doing well and keeping safe. You have been kept in my prayer. I also thank everyone for their patience, prayer and support.
Christmas is right here. Though this year’s Christmas celebration is different it feels like we are much closer to each other as a parish community. You know that all I want for Christmas is your physical presence in the church. But 2020 looks a lot different from 2019. With the restrictions of 25 persons in the church, and another lockdown looms in the air, this Christmas invites us to concentrate on the heart of the celebration: “Do not be afraid; for see-I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2.10-11)
Fr. Shyju and I continue praying for you and your loved ones as we journey together through these challenging times. Know that priests are not immune from what you experience. We have suffered with you and for you and have been experiencing our own challenging moments at times. Along with St. Paul we can all say: “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5: 3-4)
Therefore, I am truly grateful to our Lord during this Christmas time, for guiding us with hope and joy. Let us look at the example of our Blessed Mother visiting her cousin Elizabeth. When both Mothers in our salvation history had met each other John the Baptist in his mother’s womb leaped with Joy. (Luke 1.44.) This is the Joy of Christmas.
I am deeply humbled by the commitment of our band of volunteers without whom the parish could not function at the level it does now. I also give thanks to God for your sacrificial financial generosity to continue the mission and ministry of our parish.
Let us count our blessings in this Christmas and remain hopeful. The Child in the Manger is not just a human baby. He is our LORD, He is our SAVIOUR. He can change your lives.
May this Christmas bring you the gift of Love, Peace and Happiness.
Fr. Shyju Jose, Dn. Jeff Gagne, the wardens, Liturgical team and staff of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, join me in wishing you all a very merry CHRISTMAS.
Fr. Joy Abraham-pastor
Christmas is a very special time for us as Catholics. Traditionally we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ by going to church to celebrate the Eucharist with our families and friends. We also usually share a special Christmas meal all together. Christmas 2020 celebrations will be different due to the restrictions in place caused by the Covid19 pandemic. Of course, nothing can take away the spirit and joy of Christmas from any of us. Therefore, I encourage you all to keep up your Christmas spirit and celebrate with your near and dear ones through the different technologies available. Share with them the great and joyful Christmas proclamation – for unto us a Saviour is born, who is Christ the Lord.
Here at our parish we are going to make good use of technology to reach out to all our parishioners and friends for Christmas. I invite you all to join us for our live streamed Christmas Mass which can be found on our YouTube channel on Christmas Eve at 4:30pm (you can re-watch at any point after the live event). I encourage you all to transform your homes into your own private chapel and to participate as a family in our live streamed Mass as if we were all gathered together as one community in church.
Though I wanted all our parishioners and friends to come and participate in Christmas celebrations in the church, this year it is not possible. We can only accommodate 25 people per Mass. The registration for Christmas Masses will be opened on Thursday December 17. If you are among the 25 for Christmas Masses, I invite you to allow others to register for the following weekend's Masses. Please do not be disappointed if you are not able to get a spot at Mass as we are making every effort to make our live stream experience special.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
United in prayer, Fr. Joy Abraham.