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Getting Ready for Christmas

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We will be gathering later this week to celebrate the birth of our Lord. It will certainly be a different experience for all of us this year. Many will be absent from the Lord’s Table or our dining room table for a number of reasons. Please know that our fellow parishioners and friends who are unable to join us at Saint Patrick Parish are always remembered as we gather for Mass and offer daily prayer. Please note this year’s special Christmas liturgy schedule. We will be celebrating two separate Masses on Christmas Eve at 4:30pm. These liturgies will take place in the church and in the lower hall of the Club building. A Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated in the church at 10:00am.

All safety protocols and procedures will be in place for those planning to attend in person. Please make sure that you bring a facial mask and maintain social distancing while on parish property. And thank you for understanding that, in accord with Covid-19 guidelines, we will not be able to admit any more folks once each space (church or lower hall) reaches capacity.

I want to thank those who have been working very hard with this year’s preparations, from our liturgical ministers and those who are decorating, to our staff and volunteers who are ensuring our personal safety and comfort.

My sincere gratitude is also extended to our many parishioners who have been in a position to assist with our various charitable outreach programs and initiatives in addition to your regular support to Saint Patrick. Through your sharing of personal time, treasure, and talent you enrich our parish in countless ways. Thank you!

Finally, be sure to explore our grounds anytime from December 20th through January 6th from 8:00am until 8:00pm. While our Christmas lights turn on at 4:00pm daily, there is plenty to see in the daylight! Fresh air, a prayer at the crèche, and some exercise all make for a nice experience. Invite your friends and neighbors to visit anytime, as well.

Wherever you find yourselves and however you celebrate our Lord’s nativity this year, may you and those you love receive God’s abundant grace and blessing—Merry Christmas!

Joyfully yours in the Incarnate Word,

Fr Gurnick Signature