Dear parishioners and friends,
Saint Paul said: “If Christ has not been raised; then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15: 14)
Yes, Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead. So, Easter brings much hope to us in God, the hope of love and hope of eternity and glory with God in heaven.
This Easter Vigil, we are so glad to welcome new members into our parishes: Jordan Daigneault (Langenburg), Nolan Lindstrom, Erica Brick and Carolyn Sveinbjornson (Churchbridge). Congratulations to all of you Jordan, Nolan, Erica and Carolyn who are received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
May the Risen Lord Jesus replace our doubts with faith, our worries with peace, and our sadness with joy so that we can witness to Him because His life is our life, His mission our mission.
Happy Easter to you and your family!
Peace, love and joy.
Rev. Paul Mau Nguyen, Pastor.
Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
I’m feeling that wintertime has come early this year, and it feels very cold before Christmas. When it’s cold, we all need warmth. The families in Langenburg, Churchbridge and Spy Hill all have homes with good heating to keep them warm and comfortable.
But in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, there was a baby who was very cold in the manger. There was no heater there. That baby is Jesus, our Savior, who was only warmed by the breath of animals in the stable and by the love of his mother, Mary and his father, Joseph.
Outside of our area in the world today, there are many babies and children just like Jesus who are experiencing the cold. Their coldness comes in the form of poverty, lack of clothing, lack of good food to eat, no clean water to drink, and inadequate housing. There is no one to care for them, and they are often abused by adults. They experience coldness in their hearts due to the lack of love from others and perhaps, the lack of our concern(?)
As we celebrate Christmas this year, I would like to invite you to think of the unfortunate children around the world. These children need our attention and prayers, and they are in need of us extending our arms and embracing them. Let us help them feel warm and be loved, and may their smiles radiate the concern that we feel for them.
May all of you have a warm and blessed Christmas, and may you experience the love of God and love for our neighbours.
Wishing you all the best in the new year, 2020.
May God the Savior bless you today and forever.
Sincerely in Jesus Christ,
Paul Mau Nguyen, Pastor.