Padre's Page - December 31

Dear Friends,

Our pastoral team here at St. Charles joins me in wishing you a New Year filled with the joy and peace of Jesus! 

After New Year’s Day, most people take their decorations down and forget about Christmas–but we know that Christmas is not just a day but a season–and that it continues!  Indeed, today we celebrate the Holy Family of Nazareth; on Monday we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God; next Sunday we observe the Epiphany of Our Lord (the revelation that he came to be the Savior of all peoples); and, the season concludes with the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord (the beginning of his public ministry) on Monday, January 8–so keep celebrating!  Ordinary Time doesn’t start again until Tuesday, January 9…

Throughout the coming year, our parish will continue to offer a rich variety of programs for formation in the faith for parishioners of all ages, of beautiful celebrations of the sacred liturgy and of the sacraments, and of occasions to encounter one another and the needy in love.  It is a blessing for our parish to serve, to be a spiritual home for, people living in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor and in the surrounding neighborhoods.  I hope you and your neighbors will take advantage of our many good activities!

Please note that the parish offices will be closed January 1.  I remain,

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don