Sisters and Brothers,
First and foremost, this week I want to thank all those who worked so hard to put together a fitting memorial for our dear brother Mark Watkins. Thanks to the choir, the hospitality crew, the ushers and assistants and the clergy. I can't tell you how many folks told me that the memorial was absolutely beautiful. For those who might be interested, you can find a link to a video of Mark's Memorial below.
Now, let's turn our attention to this Sunday. Please do not forget that we are inviting everyone to wear their ugliest Christmas Sweater. If you don't have one, you can make one! We'll have 2 prizes: one for the ugliest and one for the most creative (ugliest).
This Sunday at the end of our Mass, we will celebrate Las Posadas. It is a portrayal of the Christmas story when Mary and Joseph searched for a place where Mary could have the Christ child. Following this tradition, our Latino sisters and brothers are gathering on Saturday afternoon to make homemade tamales. Yum! (That's a good reason to be in church on Sunday!)
Lastly, let me say this about Christmas Eve: Let's not forget the "Reason for the Season!" We can easily let Christmas just become a secular event. So I would be remiss if I did not encourage us to make time to be in worship on Christmas Eve. After all, it can't be Christmas if there is no Christ Mass! Our worship begins at 10 PM on Christmas Eve. If that is absolutely too late for you, then consider attending Mass somewhere - perhaps with one of our ecumenical friends.
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