Bulletin for Sunday, January 1, 2012: Christmas


What a wonderful God we do have! These days I am just amazed at all the gifts surrounding us. What a blessing our little community is!

Christmas Eve started off with a certain amount of chaos as we tried to borrow the van from St Joe’s to get everyone, and the seats weren’t in it, and it needed gas, and on and on… by the time we all got to my house it was 5 pm, and Mass was supposed to start at 4! But our waiting guests were patient, and pretty soon we were all having a great time with our Christmas pageant and Mass and then dinner, with eleven people around the table. I love being the pastor of a community small enough to invite everyone to dinner! We had a wonderful time. I’m so grateful to Linda Condon and Martin Linsky, because without their help I don’t think it would have been possible. They drove, they cooked, they showed up! And I’m grateful to Pat Carey who waited a whole hour for us all to arrive.

We sang songs around the piano (or tried to) and took lots of photos, and eventually everyone went to sleep… my next-door-neighbors lent an air mattress and I think everybody was comfortable. And in the morning I made breakfast for everybody, with some really terrible coffee that everyone was most polite about, and leftover tamales. It was a wonderful Christmas.

The hard part was taking them home again. But there is so, so much to be thankful for.

The way things have unfolded this year, the hand of God is so clearly evident, it just isn’t possible to worry. Things will continue to unfold in ways we probably can’t even dream of. A year ago I didn’t dream of this!! 2012 is totally in the hands of God. We’ll just keep walking and listening and saying YES, and let God’s dreams for this community come true. May it be so!

Come and join us any Sunday. This Sunday, New Year’s Day, we will celebrate at 11 am as usual. (We celebrated on Christmas, too!)

May 2010 be full of blessings for you. Feliz año!

Blessings and love to all,

Oscar Romero Church
An Inclusive Community of Liberation, Justice and Joy
Worshiping in the Catholic Tradition
Mass: Sundays, 11 am
St Joseph's House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave, Rochester NY 14620