Dear St. Gabriel Parishioners:
- The Feast of Jesus’ Baptism is the theme for this weekend Masses. With this Feast, we are officially ended the Christmas Season and it will lead us to the beginning of the Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Year. Through Jesus’ baptism by John in the muddy waters of the Jordan, Jesus opens for us the possibility of accepting our human condition and of connecting with God. Jesus accepts the human condition and this includes: suffering and death. Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan identifies him deeply with the people he has come to redeem.
This is the first brief part of the Ordinary Time (January 10 – March 1); then it resumes again (June 6 – November 26) after the great seasons of Lent and Easter. The Ordinary Time is the period of time that we live out the Mystery that we have celebrated (Emmanuel – God’s with us) and also anticipate the Mystery of the fullness of Christ’s action – The Life, Death and Resurrection.
- The Feast of Jesus’ Baptism also reminds us of our own Baptism and how we share this gift to others through the Church. Our High School aged young men and women also begin a process of “completing” their own Christian Initiation that their parents have started for them since their birth with the Sacrament of Baptism and later on with the Sacrament of Eucharist in anticipating the Sacrament of Confirmation where they will speak of their total acceptance and commitments to live the Christian way of life. Please pray for our young people in the preparation stages for this important Sacraments.
- Next weekend January 15 & 16, there will be an opportunity for our parish to know about the joy and happiness that many people had and continue to experience through the help of C.S. (Catholic Community Services) as a whole in the U. S. and through the local office here in Kitsap County (please see the Newsletter insert in bulletin) was able to make a different in people’s lives here locally. Please consider giving generously for this great cause as we continue to recognize the needs of many unfortunate people in our local area.
- May the Joy of having celebrated “Christmas – the Mystery of the Incarnation” and empowerment of the Sacrament of Baptism, completed in the Initiation process, send all of us into the “living out” the gift of our Faith, in the Life and Teaching of Jesus Christ.
Fr. Phuong Hoang