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Dec
23
2021
Christmas letter from our Pastor

Dear Parishioners of Immaculate Conception,

 Christmas is here and the end of this year is around the corner. There are so many reasons to state that this year, as well as the last one, hasn’t been an easy one, due to the pandemic and the economic, social and political issues we are passing through. The uncertainties we are experiencing make us recognize our frailties and very often bring us a sense of fear and distress.

So, it is very good Christmas is here! It is at this very moment in time, that we need to remember that Christ came into the human history as the Emmanuel, the “God among us” who will bring us hope and will guide us through the “valley of the shadow of death”, as Psalm 23 says, giving us the words to describe this time.

Christ nativity is not just a moment in the past, but it is a life-on going-event. Christmas reminds us of that beautiful night when the promise of God, sending us a Savior and Redeemer, has been fulfilled, but Christ’s presence remains among us as he assured it, and we can experience him in the Scripture and in the Sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, in which, through his real presence, we are strengthened and encourage to keep walking through this life fearless and proclaiming his Kingdom with love in everything we do and every word we speak.

Christmas is a time for us to focus again on the Light we have received in Christ, so even in our darkest moments we can find that Light of Wisdom that is leading us to live and respond to God’s will as children of him that we are in Christ.

Christ’s humanity illumines us to face all those difficult moments with faith, hope and charity. Faith, acknowledging his presence and his guidance; Hope, knowing that his Spirit will move us forward as we journey towards His Kingdom; and Charity, realizing that we all are one community of love in himself, hence we are not alone, but we all together, in him, and through him, helping one another as brothers and sisters that we are, and being there for the others, especially for those in most need, can transform those moments into joyful ones.

Celebrating Christmas, therefore, it is a renewing of our Faith in the One who has called us to unity and love, sharing of His divine life.

May this Christmas fill your hearts with joy, peace and love, and as we embrace Christ, the New Year to come may find us working together with renewed strength and rejoicing for the many blessings God bestows on us.

Merry Christmas and Blessed and Happy New Year for all of you and your families.

 

Fr. Manuel Fragoso Carranza.


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