JANUARY 8, 2017
After Christmas someone asked me if Santa was good to me. I’m not sure, but I did send him a note in December: “Dear Santa, this year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year.”
Another year is history! Looking back, maybe many of us would thank the Lord that it was a good year. We may have encountered all the problems of the world in 2016, such as war in Syria, immigrants in Europe, fire in Fort McMurray and all kinds of violence and personal difficulties: death in the family, sickness, ongoing struggles in individual and family life, etc. Beyond all these, our lives have been blessed in many ways.
In our parish life, I think we have had a good year. Here is our pastoral report: Baptisms: 45; Professions of Faith: 2; First Holy Communions: 78; Confirmations: 75; Marriages: 10; and Deaths: 59. I have begun my seventh year at Holy Family. Can you believe that? Time flies! At first I didn’t think I could survive a year and now I’m still here. The parish continues to grow steadily in different ways. I believe each member has a hand in this growth. A comment from a Lutheran pastor, a friend of mine, makes me proud: “You have so many devoted people in your parish.”
I’d like to thank all of you especially those who participated in decorating the church and the stable, in different services at Christmas Masses, in the choirs and in all other ministries of the parish… and the people who share their time, their life and their treasures with the poor, the temporary foreign workers, immigrants and refugees. You have made the difference! I also thank all visitors whose presence at Christmas meant a lot to our community, and we wish them well in the New Year.
We thank you for your financial contributions not only to the parish but also to the Medicine Hat community, to the Diocese of Calgary and to the world at large. Looking ahead in 2017, we pray that the peace of God be with us and the love of individuals will make this parish a community of joy, and care as the loving Father wants us to be. Thank you again!