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Father James Christmas Letter 2017 – “Rise, let us be on our Way” (Mk 14:42)

Father James Christmas Letter 2017 – “Rise, let us be on our Way” (Mk 14:42)

Dear Parishioners,

This year our parish community received many blessings from our Benevolent God.
Our building project is slowly moving ahead. By and large, this year has been a
blessed and a successful year. There is no denying that our successes are all owed
to God. But this is also due to the hard-work of the ministers and volunteers of St.
Frances of Rome, and I warmly thank them for their selfless commitment to the
parish. In truth, we cannot thank them enough. I also want to renew the invitation to
everyone to contribute in any shape or form so that together we can build our new
church.

Our goal is to reach 4.2 million dollars (This is 65% of the
total cost which is 6.4 million dollars) by the end of 2018 so that we can start breaking
ground in early 2019.

Our parish has successfully done a series of fundraising events. The proceeds go to
our Building Fund. I am glad to announce that we have now just a little north of
3 million dollars in our Building Fund. Things are beginning to tip to our favor. And on
the weekend of 20th and 21st of January 2018, we will launch our parish wide Capital
Campaign where everybody will have the opportunity to make a pledge for the
construction of our church. Our goal is to reach 4.2 million dollars (This is 65% of the
total cost which is 6.4 million dollars) by the end of 2018 so that we can start breaking
ground in early 2019. The task is daunting but not impossible. The climb might be
steep, but strides are made if we just choose to put one foot in front of the other and
start walking. Success is not a chance: it is a choice. Did we have missteps and setbacks
since we started this project? No doubt. However, we have to let those ships
sail and let go. We can learn from our mistakes, and together we can rise and be on
our way (Mk14:42).

I pray that during this season of Christmas, God will lavish you with glad tidings, and
to the despairing, hope and consolation. May the lone star that guided the wise men
hover over you also, may the humility and the poverty of Jesus in the manger indulge
your soul with serenity and satisfaction, and may the evening silence of Bethlehem
bring music to your hearts…

On behalf of the parish staff and the members of the advisory councils, I wish you all
a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In Christ the Lord,

Fr. James F. Oropel, Administrator

CHRISTMAS LETTER

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