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December 24, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas this weekend, we recall how much God loves us that He gave us His only Son to be our savior. The Jewish people were expecting the Messiah to be a strong, wealthy, military leader that would free them from the power of the Romans. But Jesus comes as a little baby, born of a poor couple, with no power or connections. Why? If He came as one who is powerful, we would respect him, but also fear him. On the other hand, coming as a poor child, there is nothing to fear, and we are drawn into relationship with him. That is why He came: So that we would enter into a relationship with him so as to experience His love, healing, joy, peace and hope.

Our parish has many opportunities to feel this love of God in our lives. I invite you to look through the rest of the bulletin and prayerfully consider trying one or two of these groups or ministries as a way to learn more about the Lord or to find fulfillment in serving him (and our neighbor).

The most important thing to remember is that God loves you so much that He came down from Heaven to fill your hearts with the sense of being loved, cared for and cherished. St. Edward Parish/San Felipe de Jesus Chapel is here to help you receive these gifts. I hope you will allow us to help you feel God’s love for you each day. Have a Blessed Christmas!

In Christ,

Bishop Tim Freyer

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