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 community and 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.
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 expressions of gratitude mean so much to all the members of our staff. What is even more amazing is that our Christmas collection was more than last year. Because our budget depends on this collection, I have to admit I was concerned… but once again our community of faith continues “giving selflessly, in realization of the kingdom of God”…even in the midst of a pandemic. Thank you so much!
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 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 Pat O’Connor in the Parish Office.
Many of us either have been, or currently are, caregivers for family members. This is very often emotionally and physically draining, and we can feel overwhelmed. An insert in the bulletin offers details about an on-line class for family caregivers. This is sponsored by Frederick County Senior Services, and teaches you how to care for yourself so that you can better provide for your loved one.