Pastor's Message

December 16, 2018


The Return of the Baby Jesus says the old can be new
As I write this annual Christmas appeal, the interior of OLG Church looks stunning after five years and $1 million of restoration.  As any owner of a historic home knows, it’s never done.  We are now cleaning all the historic organ pipes from accumulated dust for $25,000; repairing exterior stone work with more to come, which will eventually cost more than $100,000, and are soliciting bids to repair the fence around the entire block we own.  At St. Joseph, the handicapped ramp plans are out for bid and we hope to have a decision soon. We are entrusted to secure our churches for future generations of Catholics.
This Christmas will be extra special as we place the returned Jesus in the crib, allegedly stolen 100 years ago, in our manger scene.  Something old can suddenly be quite new and inspiring. Help us with these projects by making a generous Christmas donation.  Please consider donating $175 per couple or family.   Please give more than you donated last year and help us reach our goal of $44,000 at OLG and $3,500 at St. Joseph so we can continue the needed work.
We will hold the collection open until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 13, 2019, and then print a list of all donors who give $100 or more unless you ask us to omit your name. I also invite you to bring your family and friends to our Christmas Masses. Please consult the schedule on page 7 and share it with your friends, neighbors and co-workers.  I pray for you and your family at all our Christmas Masses.  May the peace of Christ come into our hearts, homes and world.
Fr. Alexander M. Santora

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