Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

I just wanted to wish all of my readers a Blessed and Merry Christmas!! I'm leaving in a matter of minutes to go to St. John Cantius in Chicago for Midnight Mass. I am SURE I'll write about it when I get home.

St. Mary's had such a wonderful Solemn High Rorate Mass last night. There were two seminarians in choir, six servers, the church lit solely by candlelight, and such care was taken in portraying the beauty and importance of the Mass. We are truly blessed there at St. Mary's.

Merry Christmas to you all!!


Dixi said...

Safe travels! Felix Dies Nativitatis! (Br. Brian taught me that :)

CH (CPT) Brian Stanley, USA said...

I wish I could have been there. I had the vigil Mass this evening with a retired local German priest. Tomorrow I will sleep in [my Christmas gift to myself -- I don't have the early Mass tomorrow morning for the first time in 13 years. My only Mass of Christmas will be at 1130 hrs at Robinson Barracks Chapel.

I am praying for snow -- temps in the mid-thirties right now.

Have a wonderful trip to Chicago and say "hello" to Fr. Phillips and all the good and holy men of the Canons of St. John Cantius. I remembered them in my Mass on the feast of St. John Cantius yesterday.

Joe S.R. said...

Merry Christmas! I hope the high mass goes well.(Ours isn't for another three-and-a-half hours.) I tell you how our went!

Cathy said...

Merry Christmas, Nate!
We didn't make Midnight Mass because Mary was pretty tired and to be honest, so were we. But I did speak to one of the guys who plays viola in the orchestra on Christmas at the 12:30 Mass and he said it was beautiful.
Can't wait to hear your account!

(P.S. Did you get to venerate the relic of the Manger at St. Joseph's altar?)

Emily said...

A blessed and merry Christmas to you as well!!! (even though it's a couple days late -- hey, it's still the Octave, right? ;-)

Dad said...

Merry Christmas Nate! I am the lucky one that gets to spend every day with you in person- you are a blessing...even if you can't keep your bedroom floor clean.

May this next year be the best one ever for all of us, may it be rich with blessings, and may the challenges that face us only help to deepen our connection to Christ, who is our help and our shield!

To all of Nate's friends and followers, thank you for the blessings you bring to him and to our family. You know who you are, and you are in our prayers always, but especially in this Christmas season. God bless.

Susan said...

Merry Christmas to you and all your family. I missed you all at Mass today. Trust you all had a great trip to Chicago. Trust I'll see you all next week.

Catholic Teen said...

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes!

Cathy- No I didn't get a chance to venerate the relic. But the Mass was just astounding!! Amazing. It feels like home there. ;)

Susan- We are in Grand Rapids visiting family this weekend, so we went to Sacred Heart Parish here in GR. But we'll be at Mass in Kalamazoo next weekend. (And this Friday for the Holy Day)

I will try to write more on Midnight Mass and other reflections when I get a chance. ;)

Cathy said...

Nate's Dad:

And a very merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for doing your part to raise such a fine, intellectually mature young man. There aren't many teens I have so much in common with.

There is a severe shortage of such men in this world. Thank you, thank you. I'll take any tips you have in April when my little fellow arrives!

Susan said...

In today's reading by Pope Benedict XVI he writes: "In the course of a year, a people is always in danger of disintergrating, not only through external causes, but also interiorly, and of losing hold of the inner motivation which sustains it. It needs to return to its fundamental origin...We experience the primal, chaotic powers rising up from the very midst of a progressive society-which seems to know everything and to be able to do anything-and atacking the very progress of which it is so proud. We see how, in the midst of prosperity, technological achievement, and the scientific domination of the world, a nation can be destroyed from within; we see how the creation can be threatened by the chaotic powers which lurk in the depths of the human heart. We realize that neither money nor technology nor organizational ability alone can banish chaos. Only the real protective wall given to us by the Lord, the new family he has created for us, can do this...Passover is a summons, urgently reminding us that the family is the loving home in which humanity is nurtured,which banishes chaos and futility, and which must be protected as such...The individual family cannot survive;it will disintegrate unless it is kept safe within the larger family which guarantees it and gives it security. So this night needs to be the night in which we set out once again on our twin paths; we set out on the path to the new city, the new family, the Church, and dedicate ourselves irrevocably to her, to our heart's true home; and then on the basis of this family of Jesus Christ we can proceed to grasp what is meant by the human family and by the humanity which sustains and protects us.
This year I am most grateful to be a part of this most Holy and Beautiful family of Jesus Christ, through the Catholic Church...How blessed I all of you that have helped me and continue to teach me...thank you...I have truly felt so loved...
Will I be seeing the Ford family at St. Mary's tonight??? 7:00pm Maybe!!! If not I'll see you soon... Happy New Year!!!

Catholic Teen said...


Wow your comment couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you so much!

What was at St. Mary's tonight?

I'll be serving the 10 a.m. TLM for New Years Day this Friday.

Molly said...

I hope you had a merry Christmas. Blessings to you & your family this Christmas season.