Dear parish members,
As pastor, I wish each of you and your families and friends a blessed and peaceful Christmas. I hope that it can be a time of rest and restoration for you and those you love. May the peace of Christ dwell in your hearts and in your homes.
Thank you for all your kindnesses to me, to our parish staff and to our parish community. It is an honor for me to serve as your pastor. Your trust in me is a valued gift.
Thank you for your many forms of generosity to your parish. You are exemplary in your support of drives for food, formula, diapers, socks, clothing, backpacks and Christmas gifts. It is a joy to see you arriving at mass with your arms full of gifts and donations for others.
Thank you for your outstanding generosity to our church renovation. Your cooperation in using the gym for the past weeks has been appreciated. You have done a great job. How great it will be to return to our cherished place of worship.
Thank you for your continued involvement in parish programs and activities. It is very rewarding to plan activities like the lecture series, Lenten movie nights, retreats and prayer opportunities and to see them well-attended and supported. And keep coming to coffee and donuts.
And finally, thank you for your involvement in the celebration of the Eucharist, the center of parish life, both daily and Sundays.
We are lucky to have one another,
The Rev. John E. Norman
Pastor, Saint Vincent DePaul Parish