Pastor Letter Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dear Friend in Christ,

I hope your Christmas Season was a time of joy and peace. It felt different for me, being my third Christmas here as your pastor. I was more aware of that mysterious bond that unites us all in Christ, both new and experienced parishioners alike, as we gathered in wonder around the manger of Jesus.

I’m so thankful for the tireless and countless hours of hard work in preparation put in by our wonderful staff. Our new Director of Parish Advancement, Geoff Stricklin did a bang-up job leading much of operational tasks, along with Jessica Alire, our new Coordinator of Human Resources and Operations, Delilah Garcia, our new receptionist, who invested many hours making the church look so beautiful, and of course our new Director of Sacred Music, Joel Morehouse, did an amazing job. Did you hear the special Christmas concert at 10pm on Dec 24th? Breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful songs about the Incarnation of God as one of us. You won’t want to miss it next year.

Thank you to YOU for the amazing responses to the Together Let Us Go Forth campaign…they are still flooding in. Frankly, I’m blown away by your energetic response. Thank you! If you haven’t sent in a pledge card, you still can. Cards and details remain on the little table in the main entry way. Again, thank you to you for your sacrifice that will do so much for the parish, new high school, and in our diocese and parish. We’ll announce our overall progress soon.

It is a happy accident, the close chronological proximity of Martin Luther King Day (Jan 14) and the Catholic Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn (Jan 22). Both express basic intuition that human life is inviolable. Neither the color of one’s skin, nor size or developmental stage of one’s body can be used to undercut human dignity through discrimination or violence. American culture, for all its good qualities, has this dark side which we must relentlessly oppose: the powerful tend to violently exploit the weak and vulnerable. Our confidence in Christ gives us strength to stand up especially the weakest among us, no matter what the cost, and to do so with joy.

Truly in Christ,

Fr. Muir