Dearly Beloved in Christ:
Monday, January 21st is the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a National holiday. On this day, we pause as a nation to celebrate his life and legacy as a social prophet and a dynamic agent of positive change in the society. On Sunday, January 20th, our archdiocese will have its 34th annual Mass of remembrance, honoring the birthday of Rev. King. The venue is the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, starting at 3:00PM. Cardinal DiNardo will be the celebrant at the Mass, with Deacon Philip Jackson, the Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, as the homilist.
As a social prophet, Dr. King invites us to embrace authentic Christian living by acknowledging and accepting others in their fundamental human dignity. This is possible only with genuine love for others, a love that is willing to shine the light upon forms of indignities against the human person. As he noted, “without love there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbor, our children and our hearts”. This is concrete love. It is demonstrated in our resolve to work for justice, equality, freedom and the safeguarding of the fundamental rights of everyone, all of which is part of exercising Christian hospitality.
Next weekend the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be present at our parish for a Mission Appeal. Through the Missionary Cooperative Plan, the archdiocese makes it possible each year for different missionary groups to share about their missionary endeavors as well as solicit for financial assistance. Let us welcome the Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and encourage them in their work through our financial assistance.
Many of you have donated to the annual Steps4students 5k Run/Walk campaign in support of Holy Family School; thank you so much for your great generosity. Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year. Steps4students is a great family event and we hope that you can register for the run/walk, scheduled for Saturday, February 16th 2019, starting with a Mass at 6:30 AM at the Co-Cathedral. Please go to www.steps4students.org or simply contact the school to register for this event.
We are one Holy Family parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma