The Winter Season

The opening days of January may be cold and bleak, but our church still glows warm with the peace and joy of Christmas. We dedicate the New Year to Mary on the January 1st Solemnity honoring her as the Mother of Jesus.

The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, which is celebrated on January 3rd.

The Holy Name of Jesus – There is no name more powerful than the name of Jesus. The Catechism sums up the power of this name beautifully: “The name ‘Jesus’ contains all: God and man and the whole economy of creation and salvation. To pray ‘Jesus’ is to invoke him and to call him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave himself up for him” (CCC #2666)

New Year resolutions, you’re probably considering all of the things in your life that you can change to turn over a new leaf and get started on the right foot. After the holidays, there are a lot of people who decide to diet or make a commitment to go to the gym more regularly. All great commitments!

But at the same time we should consider committing to enhancing our spiritual life. What can we do to evolve our hearts for God?

  • Make more time for spiritual reading
  • Make good stewardship a lifestyle
  • Share your catholic faith with others
  • Go an extra day to mass

The most important thing you can do for yourself is turn to God. He will always be there for you, through the good times and the bad.

Lastly, January 1, we also celebrate the World Day of Peace reminding us to

Be Kind, Be Thoughtful, Be Genuine, but most of all be Thankful !

-Elena Poles