Fr. Arthur's New Year's Message 2021
… and many blessings in the year to come. Happy New Year 2021 !!!
A Pastor’s Letter
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me, come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jr. 29:11-13
Dear Parishioners at OLPH.
I pray the holiday season has been refreshing for each of you. During this season, we would normally take time to reflect and look forward to the New Year. This helps us to realign our lives afresh to God’s purpose and word to us. As we come together at the end of this trying year 2020, I think it is good for us spend some time reflecting on the “reason for this season” – Jesus Christ, the Lord! As you know, we still are on Christmas and for this reason, we have gladly rejoiced for his glorious birth. We have welcomed Him to our homes and to our celebrations, remembering that, as Christians, we celebrate Christmas not as a secular holiday, but as a proclamation of our faith that God so loved the world He sent His only Son (Jn 3:16) and that the Word became flesh and dwells among us (Jn 1:14). In a world that wants to make Christmas only about presents, and food and Santa Claus and self-indulgence, we, as Catholics are not ashamed to profess our Faith: Christmas is about the Incarnation of the Lord and our salvation history. We are not ashamed to say “Merry Christmas.” We are not ashamed to send out “religious” Christmas cards, which celebrate his birth to our friends and family members. We are not ashamed to have the “Manger Scene” in front of our homes, in our homes and in our streets. We are not ashamed to give witness to Jesus in the midst of so many counter-testimonies. We are proud to be disciples of Jesus, and we want all to rejoice with us as we celebrate His birth!
Now as we usher ourselves into the new year, it is good to think and look ahead what are those things you need to implement in your life, those things you need to change and those you need to forget. The New Year is the opening chapter to a book that is full of success. While you may face hardship, focus on the positive outcomes. This New Year believe in yourself and all you can accomplish. Success is sure to come your way. For good things come to those who wait. Just so, when you feel like giving up, victory is within reach. Keep this in mind during this 2021. The pandemic hit us so badly, but we proved it we are stronger than it, for we have Jesus at our side and those who hope and live with him have nothing to fear.
Let our new year’s resolution be: to be there for our families and friends, for those in need and for those who mourn, for those suffer and for those who rejoice. Let us help and serve one another as true Christians. And leave the pain and misfortune in the past… let us focus on what we can accomplish and what makes us happy. As the greatest scientist, Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.”
To all of you and your families, I extend the greetings of each of us here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Be sure that each of you is in my prayers and thoughts in this holy season. My most sincere wish is that your hearts may know the joy of the presence of the new Born King. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Joseph whose year we are in and Jesus –Prince of Peace—, fill your hearts, lives and homes with the many blessings throughout the New Year 2021.
Happy and Blessed-filled New Year! God bless you!