Rejoice and Be Glad!


- a second grader excitedly stops by with his Dad to drop off the Christmas gift they’ve chosen for a young boy;

- our social concerns committee provides Christmas dinner for the homeless at St. Anthony Haven;

- an organization calls for “2 more families” happily adopting more people to bring Christmas joy;

- gifts are shared with local nursing homes and Saint Joseph Center, carols are sung at homes of shut-ins, flowers taken to the homebound, our children celebrate with Santa;

- we ask for 100 bottles of shampoo and 200 + show up!

- our parish vestibules are filled with packages to share with special families;

- our weekly community lunch brings gifts to share with our guests;

- countless kindnesses and faith-filled gestures of devotion are extended to those in need.

Be Glad!

Pope Francis writes: “The Holy Spirit bestows holiness in abundance among God’s holy and faithful people, for “it has pleased God to make men and women holy and to save them, not as a people…who might serve him in holiness.”

At Christmas we commemorate the birth of Emmanuel, “God with us” as one family, one people. God has “taken into account the complex fabric of interpersonal relationships present in a human community. God enters into the life and history of a people.”

Rejoice and Be Glad!

God continues to enter into our lives, our history, calling us to be a community of faith, holy and joyfilled. Pope Francis writes: “I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to serve their families, in the sick, in the elderly who never lose their smile. In their daily perseverance I see the holiness of the Church. It is a holiness found in our next door neighbors, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence.”

I certainly get that – understand that, see it. I see the holiness of God each and every day reflected and lived out in the faith communities of Blessed Sacrament, Throop and Holy Cross, Olyphant. Signs of holiness at Christmas and everyday – rejoice and be glad!

Jesus Christ is born! May this Christmas find us living our lives in love and bearing witness to this love in everything we do.

Merry, Merry Christmas, may our homes be filled with joy and peace, faith and hope, love and holiness!

United In His Service,
Monsignor Delaney