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January 7, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Advent and Christmas season have been filled with many blessings. I am grateful for:

All those who attended and/or made hot chocolate for the Noche Guadalupana at the Cathedral. It was wonderful to see thousands of people there to ask the Blessed Mother’s intercession.

Rick Delafield and the members of our choir for the beautiful Noel Night concert. If you missed it, I would recommend trying to come next year. They were also amazing at our Christmas Masses (it was quite a workout for them, and they sounded wonderful throughout all the Masses).

Diane Marshall and the St. Edward School Choir for their beautiful addition to the Noel Night.

So many of you that came to our Advent penance service and the ushers who coordinated

people efficiently into the correct lines for confession. As we are all members of the mystical Body of Christ, when you are in grace, it helps our entire community to be in grace.

Gerry Holbert and those who helped make the Church look so beautiful and festive. I have been touched watching so many children go touch the animals or even try to give baby Jesus a hug.

All our liturgical ministers, many of whom were here for multiple Masses.

Our staff members who went above and beyond in so many ways during these weeks.

The many cards, notes, gifts, meals, baked goods, wine, and bourbon that you so kindly sent to all of us priests.

All who brought friends with you to Mass on Sunday or Christmas. A few of your guests told me that they are planning to start coming regularly to Mass here at St. Edward’s (thanks be to God!).

The Lord has blessed me through all of you—thank you for everything!


In Christ,

Bishop Tim Freyer

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