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A Time of New Beginnings

As we begin a new year, I wish to express, on behalf of the staff, our thanks for the many gifts, prayers and acts of kindness over this holiday season. We would like to thank John and Barbara Culmone for chairing the Living Giving Tree this year. Special thanks to you all for your tremendous response to our giving tree. Your gifts and the many gift cards were such a blessing as we were able to help so many families from our church, school and local agencies. These gift cards provide families the opportunity to shop with their children during this special time. The cards also provide these families with the ability to shop for groceries and other necessities that they may need as a family. 
Special thanks to all who helped make our Christmas liturgies special. Thanks to Mary Bridges and the Liturgy Committee members for all their planning and taking care of the details. Special thanks to our choirs, Sarah Love, and David Aguillard. Thanks to those who played brass for the many liturgies. Also, thank you to Karen Graves, chair of the sub-committee for Christmas decorations, and to all of the décor committee members for your hard work. Our church looks really beautiful because of the many talents that helped put it all together. Thanks to Gary Gubancsik and all our sacristans, extraordinary ministers, lectors, prayer leaders, altar servers, men’s club, ushers, and deacons Robert and Ronnie for their help. Special thanks to Emily Simoneaux for the beautiful set of five new vestments she made for Christmas. You can see pictures of these in this bulletin and on our Facebook page. 
As we have come to the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, we leave behind a year with its memories, hopefully good ones. Some years back, people pictured the year 2000 and beyond as a time when people would be living an easier life with less stress, a time when life would be easier because of advanced technologies, etc. Yet we know such is not the reality. It is true that life has become easier in many ways, but surveys continue to tell us that in corporate America and life in general, the level of stress, anxiety, and sadness are at a high level. While most people are not clinically depressed, many did list the causes of their depression to be family concerns, work, finances, crime, drugs, and violence. 
The question for each of us is how can we make a difference with a new year given to us as a means of opportunity and blessings. As we know, a good workout is hard to start, yet we push ourselves and we know that it is in our best interest to do so. The same is true when we focus on our spiritual, family, and work life; the things that once bothered us do not seem to anymore. In his letter to the Hebrews, St. Paul put it this way: “Let us also lay aside every weight and sin that clings closely and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).
Each of us is called by God to make a difference, how we do it depends much on the attitude and disposition we bring to the events of our lives. I pray that each of you will have a blessed New Year and that your focus is to make a difference in the lives of others. May God bless you. 
 
Author:

Fr. Mike Moroney

Publication:

January 6, 2019 Bulletin

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