Message from Fr. Mike
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Merry Christmas to you, and to all who are dear to you!
We had a great Advent this year. We did not do anything extraordinary, but we did it with a little more intention.
A week before Advent, we celebrated Thanksgiving as a community. It was an evening of sharing, and getting to know each other outside of Mass. In a way, it set the theme for our Advent and Christmas celebration.
On the first Sunday of Advent, we celebrated the Feast of St. Nicholas with all the children in our parish. We celebrated a special Mass for them. Santa Claus came to give them special gifts. The Knights of Columbus prepared a pancake breakfast for them. It was a delightful day for the children and their parents.
On December 12, we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Mass followed by a reception. We were delighted with Mexican Folklorico dancers in the Hall after Mass. The mixing of colors gave us a hint of what the world would look like when all the colors in the world are properly mixed. We celebrated Simbang Gabi on December 17, with Mass and the singing of traditional hymns, and a reception in the Hall.
On December 13, we celebrated the Memorial of St. Lucy with a Scandinavian flavor. We capped our Advent journey with our Parish Penance Service. With these events celebrated intentionally, we are ready to celebrate Christmas.
This year and next, I have decided to celebrate both Christmas and New Year with the community so that I can have the full taste of Pasadena’s way of celebrating Christmas and New Year. I am looking forward to it.
Christmas is about God the Father giving us His only begotten Son, and the Son giving us Himself. It is a celebration of giving. The first Christmas was a simple one, but mighty in its implications for the human race until the end of time. In its true significance, Christmas embraced all that a person had to do to become Christ-like, and, by imitating the God Child, we can assuredly echo and re-echo the words of the Angels, “Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to men and women of good will.”
As we enter 2023, we have one goal in mind, the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the parish. While our 75th anniversary celebration is not in 2023, the planning begins in 2023.
May Christ come to you on this Christmas with the gift of love, the blessing of hope, and the promise of Peace.
Merry Christmas and God bless you,
Fr. Michael Ume and Staff