My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Happy New Year! As we usher in a new year as Intentional Disciples, my hope and prayer for you is that you grow in your knowledge of God’s unending love for you, and in turn, share that love with a world who needs to know of His love now more than ever.
The month of December was very busy for our parish. With Advent and Christmas happening, staff, volunteers and parishioners prepared joyfully for the arrival of our Lord! Below I have included photos, accompanied by a brief update on what took place…
1. Advent Giving Tree (top row; first picture) – Thank you to parishioners who organized this year’s Giving Tree and who selflessly gave!
2. Procession with the Christ Child & Blessing of the Creche (top row; second picture) – the origin of this started with St. Francis, who made the Christmas crèche (or manger) for Christmas Eve of the year 1223. And although we at St. Joseph’s in Lancaster have not had this tradition for nearly 800 years, we have had this tradition for many, many years at our parish. For more information on this, visit here.
3. Fr. Olkowski celebrated his first high mass! (middle row; first picture) – Ten servers joined 140 faithful for the 11 a.m. Christmas high mass!
4. Christmas Mass celebrated Ad orientem (middle row, second picture) – This picture says it all, doesn’t it? You can still view the entire Christmas Mass here, as we filmed it though Facebook Live. Thank you to parishioner, Timothy Quigley, for volunteering and helping us to film!
5. Poinsettia Delivery (Bottom row, second picture) – Thank you to all of those who delivered poinsettias to our parishioners who are in a nursing home and thank you to those who delivered fruit baskets to the homebound and sick!
6. St. Joseph’s Choir (bottom row; third picture) – Led by the ever talented Dorothea Parrish, the St. Joseph’s Choir did an outstanding job, again, performing at several of our Christmas Masses! Thank you to Dorothea and her incredible team of choir members!
Although this does not cover everything that took place, it it my hope that this gives you a glimpse in to all of the work that our Lord is doing at our parish. He is doing so very much… we are grateful!