Dear Members and Friends of St. John the Baptist Parish:

Christmas is a day for us to remember God’s merciful love. Through Jesus, we come to know who God really is – He is Love. God’s love is extended to everyone, including the marginalized … and especially the poor and the homeless.

In Jesus, we are given a home – a place where we experience forgiveness, mercy, and love. This is what we celebrate on Christmas: God, our welcoming Father, giving us a place in His heart.

As we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, we remember how God first gave a home to the marginalized by being born in a stable. As we re-create the stable, I ask that you take part in providing a “roof” for the Holy Child. This Christmas, let us be mindful of those who are in need of our welcome – a family member, a friend, a co-worker, a fellow parishioner. Let us make room in our hearts for forgiveness and love and reach out to those who are asking for them.

In addition, Pope Francis keeps reminding us not to forget the poor. During this season of giving, let us also find time to help the needy. Let us extend God’s gift generosity by helping in one of the soup kitchens, preparing a meal or a food basket for a family in need, visiting the sick, or maybe asking our very own Fr. Dan Urcia as to how we can reach out to those in prison. Through these simple actions we are able to bring Christ to others this Christmas.

Fr. Eddie, the rest of the clergy, the parish and school staff and I, promise you our prayers in a very special way during this great season of giving. May the Gracious God, who has gifted us with His Son, bless you and your family now and always.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely yours,

Fr. Ritche

 

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Dear Parishioners,

As we approach the end of 2017 and you are thinking of ways to give back to our community, I would like to share with you a new and exciting opportunity for all of us to leave a legacy by making a gift to our recently established Nachazel Memorial Endowment for St. John the Baptist.

Like any other endowment, this is a permanent fund invested to produce income. Our gifts to this fund (the principal) will remain untouched; only the income it generates will be used.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of one of our parishioners, Bill Nachazel, our parish now has this endowment that will continue to grow and become a permanent source of income for our church. Since endowments are maintained forever, all contributions to the fund continue to fuel ministries even 25, 50 or 100 years from now. For Bill, this was the perfect way to honor her late wife, Louise Nachazel, and make a permanent impact in this vibrant community that was so important to her.

It’s my hope that every generation that goes through this parish will be able to add to this fund with whatever they are able - whether in cash, stock or real estate – and, in this way, leave a lasting legacy for our faith community.

I invite you to prayerfully consider donating to this fund today or in the future. You may do so online https://giving.cfoscc.org/sjbparish or ask the office for a donation form.

God bless you!

Rev. Ritche Bueza