On December 25, we celebrated Christmas, the birth of our Savior. Since then, it has been the Christmas season, continuing the celebration of Jesus's coming into the world.
The Christmas liturgies here at St. Joseph were beautiful. So many parishioners took part as ministers in the liturgies, the music was lovely and the church couldn't have been decorated any more beautifully. The Midnight Mass was well attended, as that tradition returned to our parish.
This past Friday, another exciting celebration took place. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the new Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Newark, was installed. We pray for him and for his leadership over the Church of Newark.
Today in the Catholic Church is the Epiphany. We celebrate the three Wise Men who were led to the newborn Jesus by following a star. When they arrived, the Wise Men presented Jesus with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The Christmas season ends tomorrow when Jesus, now an adult, is baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Jesus would then begin his public ministry, teaching about the Kingdom of God.
The Christmas season is a beautiful time in the Church. It is a time when family and loved ones come together. As we continue to give time to God and to family and loved ones, we will make Jesus visible not only at Christmas, but every day.
Sincerely in Christ,