A new calendar year is upon us – a time for resolutions. Also this weekend, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  Can one resolution be to set aside one time each week to pray as a family or again sharing a meal around the dinner table?  I hope that these things enrich the families that are already practicing them.  Maybe it could be sending cards to siblings or nieces and nephews (I’m thinking of myself on this one).

In 1981 St. John Paul II wrote an encyclical letter about the family. Toward the conclusion he reminded Christians and people of good will:

The future of humanity passes by way of the family.  It is therefore indispensable and urgent that every person of good will should endeavor to save and foster the values and requirements of the family…  Loving the family means being able to appreciate its values and capabilities, fostering them always. Loving the family means identifying the dangers and the evils that menace it, in order to overcome them. Loving the family means endeavoring to create for it an environment favorable for its development.

I look forward to working with the parishes and the people of our pastoral region in the year ahead. St. Julie’s pastoral council meets on Tuesday, January 9.  I look forward to meeting with St. Joseph’s pastoral council in preparation for parish-wide meetings on January 17 & 18.

In today’s second reading we are told that Abraham “thought the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.” As adopted sons and daughters in Christ Jesus, we, too, are children of Abraham.  Knowing that God is trustworthy and that God has promised to be with us, let this new year be a season of hope in His promises.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.


Fr. Rob