Christmas Letter 2020
“Behold, the Lord will come in splendor to visit his people, to bring them peace and eternal life.”
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you for opening this letter and taking the time to read this message. I want you to know in advance that you have been foremost in my prayers and I pray to the Lord for you and your family so that the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ may cover you and keep you in good health!
We find ourselves living in an unusual time during this Advent. Despite the many challenges we face during the pandemic: physically, emotionally, financially or spiritually; I encourage you to remain firm in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ and to cherish the flame of hope burning this Christmas.
The Virgin Mary is one of the important characters in the history of our salvation and Advent. I invite you to gaze on the words of the Virgin Mary in the narration of the Annunciation of Saint Luke: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).” Let us pray that, like Mary, we might be full of courage and to say “YES” as she did. Even if we do not understand God’s plans; say yes to our Lord God and imitate her humility and her trust.
For the past few months, our parish has been living through confusing and challenging times, just like the Virgin Mary. Like her, we have found our strength by embracing the Lord to move forward and the Holy Spirit has been guiding our family of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, which continues to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to one another and in an unusual way through social media. Thanks to technology we continue celebrating the Holy Mass, we pray together the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Holy Hour, and other events through Facebook and YouTube. We have seen how our family has grown - we have brothers and sisters following us via social media from different states and countries! In other words, the Pandemic has not stopped us from spreading the Good News.
As we continue to have limitations on Mass attendance, our Sunday donations continue to suffer on a weekly basis. Contributions from parishioners on Christmas Eve and the Christmas Masses make up a significant portion of our annual budget to continue to fund vital ministries and areas of operation for our parish and to keep up with the maintenance of our buildings.
Therefore, I humbly ask you to prayerfully consider making a one-time Christmas gift of $125 per family or whatever might be possible for you to ensure that our parish ministries and operations can continue into the new year. You can send your gift to our parish office, or simply by clicking here DONATE. If you are unable to make a financial donation, I ask that you continue to pray for our family of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish.
I also invite you to give of your time and talents to the extent that you are able. We need additional volunteers to assist at Masses given the necessity to register, usher and clean the building, thus ensuring everyone’s safety. To volunteer, please call the parish office.
Please know that you are a gift to our Mary Queen of Heaven family. Your presence, whether in spirit or in person, mean more to our local Church than you can imagine. Let us then continue our preparations to celebrate the Emmanuel – “God with us.” This coming Christmas the Masses are: Christmas Eve, December 24, 5:00 pm in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish. On Christmas Day, December 25, the Mass schedule is: 8:30 am in English, 10:00 am Spanish, 12:00 pm Spanish, 2:00 pm in Spanish
May the Lord be with each one of you during the Advent and Christmas seasons. I continue to pray for you and ask that you continue to pray for me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God Bless,
Rev. Sergio de la Torre - Carrillo