Christmas Letter 2012 to the People of St. Barbara

My dear People of St. Barbara,

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

The good news which we celebrate on Christmas is that God has come to us, not with power and might, but as an infant, fragile and vulnerable, assuming our own human nature. The good news of Christmas is the good news of the mystery of the Incarnation, Jesus fully human and fully divine. The Divine became one of us as an infant, to show us the way to God. Even in the face of darkness and pain, which Jesus Himself experienced, we know that God walks with us. Christmas is about the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. It is the celebration of His birth — the gift of God to us all.

This Christmas we are blessed to celebrate the Nativity of our Savior in our beautifully renovated and painted church. So many of you have helped to make this possible because of your donations to past campaigns (Campaign 2000 and the Millennium Campaign) and because of your generous pledges to our current Centennial Capital Campaign. Our Centennial Campaign continues with needed capital projects.

We also have to plan spiritually for our future. This January, we begin the Parish Transformation Process, which will give us the opportunity to prayerfully renew and strengthen our parish by affirming our strengths and identifying our weaknesses, so as to develop a creative plan to help us further the mission of Christ. All parishes will be asked to participate in the process. You will be hearing more about this in the upcoming weeks.

When contemplating your Christmas gift, please consider how God has blessed you this past year and realize that these difficult economic times have also taken a toll on our Church financial support. Your generosity at this time would be most greatly appreciated. Fr. Andrzej and I wish you a joyous and blessed Christmas and a happy, peaceful New Year.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Dennis Ziomek


12/20/12 DZ