This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, remembering how the magi (Gentiles from outside the local Jewish culture) are among the first to adore the Christ child, immediately bringing a multi-cultural context to the story of Jesus. Our own celebration of this feast, using music and languages from our various ethnic origins, reminds us that our worship today continues to be multi-cultural, and that we are truly enriched by the beauty of the various cultures from which we come. Thanks to all those who shared their knowledge of other languages or wore their native dress this weekend.
Each year our parish awards a $1000 college scholarship and $500 high school scholarship through the Drexel Essay Contest. The hope is that our young parishioners also learn more about our patron saint through this process. The completed applications and essays are due in the parish office by 15 January, so please make sure you turn in your material on time. Our panel of judges reviews the essays anonymously. Any questions can be directed to our Director of Parish Operations Pat O’Connor in the Parish Office.
We are very grateful to Ausherman Properties, the developer of the Clover Ridge Development for providing landscaping and tree trimming work on our parish property along Sunlight Drive free-of-charge. Thanks also to Chiaramonte Construction for donating the labor and materials necessary to create sidewalk ramps to ease the movement of carts carrying materials to the side door of the church from the parish office.
Many of you have been so kind in sending cards and gifts and bringing goodies to the parish office at Christmastime, many including thoughtful words of appreciation. Your gratitude means so much to me and all the members of our staff. Also, I am very grateful for your generosity in our Christmas collection, which gives a mid-year boost to keep the budget balanced each year—many thanks!