DON’T BE A GRINCH THIS CHRISTMAS!


Sadly, many Catholics see the jam packed Cathedral at Christmas as a bad thing! They complain that someone is sitting in their pew; they are upset that they can’t find a parking place; they think it’s a nuisance that the Mass is longer because so many people are going to Communion; and the list goes on. The truth is we are delighted to see everyone who comes and hope that their experience is so positive and welcoming that they will want to return more often. Christmas is a time for evangelization, for hospitality, for kindness and love. So don’t be a Grinch this Christmas. Smile at those around you at Church; take time to introduce yourself and to welcome those who are here; let them know how delighted you are to see them at Mass and how important the Cathedral is to you personally. Pope Francis reminds us that each and every one of us as Catholics has a responsibility “to bear witness to the joy of the Gospel by the goodness of our lives, and it demands of us a readiness to listen to and to walk with those who no longer practice their faith regularly.” So as you come to Christmas Mass this year, please make a resolution to help to bring others back to the practice of the faith. What a wonderful gift for the Lord Jesus; what a great gift for the Church; and what better way to live out our faith in a manner to pleasing to God than help guide those who have fallen away to embrace once again the joy of God’s saving love.