Feast of the Epiphany

01-01-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Michael Casey

My dear friends,

This is the first weekend of our coming together with new Mass schedules and in only four of our seven churches. There has been a lot of work which has gone into getting everything ready for this weekend and I am immensely grateful for everyone who has made this possible.

This weekend is the Solemnity of the Epiphany, when we particularly celebrate the visit of the Magi, coming to find the newborn Christ. The Magi came from far off lands, traveling through, “Field and fountain, moor and mountain.” They read the signs in creation and found Jesus.

This weekend brings the reality that some of us may be traveling to “distant lands” across the city to attend Mass in a church we’ve never been to before. But, just like with the Magi, Jesus is worth the journey. He is worth the change in location or time or the faces around us.

Another point about the Magi is that they were foreigners. They came from far away lands, and their presence in Bethlehem is a constant reminder that the Gospel is not limited to only a very select group of people, but rather is open to everyone. While parish communities need to be groups of people who know and care for one another, we can never lose sight of the fact that all are welcome in our Churches, even people we would consider “foreigners” because they belong to another parish or church. Jesus is the great unifier of humanity and we ourselves need to be recipients of his unity.

I am very excited for what I think we can accomplish for our parishes and city by all working together. We are members of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. There has already been much positive talk about how we can help each other in all of the great ministries we are each committed to. Please continue to pray for the success of our endeavor, so that each of us may find, know, and worship the newborn Christ together with all our brothers and sisters in Christ.