2013: Were We Go Again

01-06-2013Fr. John LettersFr. John

Dear Friends,

Well, since the Mayan calendar didn't foretell the end of the world it looks like we are going to have to do the whole thing again. All 525,600 minutes, each 8,760 hours, all 52 weeks of all 12 months of 2013. So better to know what we are getting ourselves into:

Know dear brothers and sisters that as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God's mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Savior.

On the thirteenth day of February will fall Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.

On the thirty-first day of March you will celebrate with joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the ninth (twelfth in AZ) day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the nineteenth day of May the feast of Pentecost.

On the second day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

On the first day of December the First Sunday of Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Some dates of local significance:
14 April-Our Parish Festival
21 May-Yours truly will celebrate 25yrs of priesting
25 May-Our children receive Confirmation and First Eucharist
16 July-Our Patronal Feast Day

If you live by the Rule of One (one hour of prayer/week, one hour of service/week and the first hour of wages to God each week) then you should have prayed at least for 52 hours or 3,120 minutes in 2012. You should have rang us 52hours or 2.1 days of service in the Parish and if you earn $12/hr then $624 would have been given back to God. How well did you do?

As we move into 2013 we should ask ourselves: how many times will we say I love you, or thank you or God Bless you? How much time will be spent in giving, praying and serving? There's not much time between cradle and grave. No time to waste. No time to lose. The clock ticks. The bell tolls. For whom? For me and for you. Now is the time…

Happy New Year!

Love, Fr. John B.