My Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday, we light the rose candle of the Advent wreath and wear rose-colored vestments to signify the joyful expectation of the coming of the Christ-child on Christmas Day. My prayer is that you and your families may come to experience His joy and peace at this wonderful time of the year.

In light of the upcoming Christmas celebrations, I would like to address an issue that has been brought to my attention concerning the 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass. As you may know, this Mass is our most crowded. A problem has arisen because some Mass attendees are arriving early and “reserving seats” (some as many as two pews). What this means is that when other people arrive for Mass that evening and they ask to be seated by the ushers, they are told that there are no seats available for them. Many people rightly are upset because they can obviously see many open seats are available in the church as they are told to leave.

After consultation with the ushers, I would like to move away from this idea of “reserving seats” for this Mass because (as you can imagine) it has caused a lot of upset among so many of our parishioners. I am preparing a “pastoral letter” to further explain this matter and it is my hope that you will cooperate accordingly. As a community of believers we have to be both respectful and flex-ible. So I ask you to consider this if you and and your families are planning to attend the 4:00 PM Mass on Christmas Eve. I thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

The Mass time survey was over-whelming in its responses to return to the previous schedule. After consultation with the Pastoral Council, we have decided to do so after the New Year. More information will follow in the weeks ahead.

Finally, an update on our Appeal, with 957 letters sent we have received 211 as of this writing and a total of $62,940. I thank you once again for your sacrificial giving and may God bless you and your families!

Love and prayers,   

Father Carey