In his Apostolic Exhortation, issued on November 24, 2013, entitled "Evangelii Guadium" "The Joy of the Gospel," our Holy Father Pope Francis reminds us that we as Christians are not only to be the light and life in the world, but joy to the world. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. Christmas is undoubtedly the most joyful time of the year. But the lights and music and the dazzle of this holy day mean nothing unless we are rooted in the true spirit of Christmas, and that is the joy of a holy birth, God becoming man to bring hope, peace and purpose to a rather dreary and disconnected world.
It is our wish and prayer that Christ, the Joy of the world, through Mary, his Mother, give you and your loved ones a full share of happiness, health, and true Christian joy during the Christmas holidays and throughout the New Year 2014.
A very Blessed and Merry Christmas! Fr. John Kumse, Pastor Deacon David Kushner Staff Members of St. Mary's