Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This Sunday’s Gospel acclamation is from Psalm 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.”

Both parishes have a beautiful history of showing compassion for the poor. From the giving trees, the St. Augustine collections, and the community meals program, our communities have consistently supported our struggling brothers and sisters in these and so many other ways. I am privileged to be a part of parishes that are attentive to these needs. What a beautiful way to bring joyful tidings to the poor.

Another way of looking at this psalm is through the perseverance that we have experienced during this pandemic. The Covid-19 virus has challenged, and continues to challenge, our church and world in so many ways. From young people’s education to health care workers, we have embraced the challenge and supported each other. Here at our parishes, I want to extend a word of gratitude on behalf of Fr. Deo and myself for your efforts to keep the churches safe so we can continue to celebrate the mysteries that anoint us to go forward to proclaim the incarnation of love that we are preparing to celebrate. Each of us plays a vital role in keeping each other safe from this virus (and other viruses).

With Christmas and other social gatherings around the corner, let us not let down our guard but continue to be vigilant with our social distancing, wearing of masks, and other personal health practices to ensure the safety and health of our entire parish community.
Advent Joy!

Fr. Workman