The Kingdom of God is At Hand – Catholic Honesdale in 2015

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

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      With our celebration of our Lord’s Baptism, the Christmas season comes to an end.  Nonetheless, we continue to dwell on the mystery of God-become-man, and unpack the meaning of Christ’s Incarnation.  In today’s Holy Scripture we behold another manifestation of epiphany of who Jesus is.  The Father’s voice and the Spirit’s descent affirm the Second Person of the Holy Trinity’s mission that the Kingdom of God is upon us.

      Our own entrance into the Kingdom, of course, begins with our Baptism, and so this great feast is a good time to renew and revive our baptismal promises.  This year of 2015 provides us with several significant opportunities to live out our Baptism.

      On Sunday May 3rd, Bishop Bambera will be the main celebrant for the 25th Anniversary of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.  Following the 10:30 AM Mass, we will have a great procession from St. John’s to the Chapel with representatives of all our parish groups and ministries.  Initial planning has begun but many more volunteers are needed to make this a very special celebration.

      On Tuesday February 3rd at 7:00 PM in Holy Family Hall, we will have our first Pastoral Council meeting of the new year with Don Barney presiding as our new chairman.  Come join us and be part of the planning for the 25th Anniversary.

      In preparation we will be having a Parish Mission conducted by Father Bill Garrott, O.P.  He is a well-known mission preacher and will begin his presentations on April 25th, concluding on Wednesday, April 29th.  This parish retreat or mission will help to prepare us for our May 3rd celebration.

      Also, we know that our nation will be graced by the presence of Our Holy Father Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September.  He will preside at the World Meeting of Families; and hopefully we will have a contingent from our parish to attend this historic event.  In preparation for this event, Father Reichlen and I will be conducting the preparatory catechesis sessions:  “Love is Our Mission – The Family Fully Alive.”  The ten sessions will be based on the 10 chapters found in this catechetical publication.  We shall have both evening and daytime sessions beginning on Tuesday evening February 17th at 7:00 PM in Holy Family Hall; and Wednesday February 18th in St. Mary’s Meeting Room following the 12:05 PM Mass.  The same topics will be addressed at both meetings; thus you have the opportunity to switch back and forth depending on your schedule.  The sessions will continue for 10 consecutive weeks.  Please call the parish office to enroll in your chosen session and to order the book.

      As you see, 2015 is going to be a busy year but a wonderful time to avail ourselves of the many graces God has in store for us.

With Blessings,

Fr. Langan

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