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December 27, 2019
Dear parishioners and guests,
Dear Parishioners and guests, Today marks the end of the Advent season and the beginning of the Christmas season. We have lighted four candles these past four weeks and asked God to help us be present to our neighbors and friends. Now in the Christmas season we are called to be Christ in the flesh to our world.
As the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. (Colossians 3:3) If you could name just one quality that makes a family holy, what would it be? You might say love, or any of the other virtues that St. Paul lists in today’s second reading.
You may be right, but what then do you think keeps a family holy? What keeps them together for the long haul? Forgiveness…Why? Because we are all fallen human beings. Even though we have Jesus living in us, we still commit sins. We are bound to hurt one another at times, even when we do not intend to. That is why forgiveness in a family is so important.
The ability to forgive one another, even for minor offenses that happen in daily life together, is the oil that makes family relationships run well. Saying, “I’m sorry; will you forgive me?” and “I forgive you”, should roll off our tongues as readily as the words “I love you” Without forgiveness, bitterness can grow and love can wither.
So make forgiveness a goal for your family for the coming year. Remember forgiveness is not a concession; it’s a grace—one that the holy family will give you for the asking…
"Jesus give me the humility to ask for forgiveness and the mercy to grant it.”
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak
About Fr. Gregory
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak was born and raised in Muszyna, Poland, the youngest of four children. He attended the world's largest Catholic Seminary in Tarnow, Poland, and was ordained in 1998. Father Gregory came to the United States and was assigned to the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, from 2002-2008. He then transferred to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, first serving as pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Southgate. In 2013, Fr. Gregory was assigned to St. Peter Catholic Church in Monument. Fr. Gregory is currently working long distance on a PhD in Sacred Architecture with an emphasis on the Gothic architecture of the 11th-17th centuries.
UPON THIS ROCK
Building our future, honoring our legacy.
Our plans to renovate the chapel, construct a new ministry center and expand the school are moving forward. Your pledge is vital to making this project a success. We are growing and we are all grateful for that! With growth often comes opportunities, equating to the need for space to accommodate the number of persons wishing to maintain and expand our stewardship and faith potential. Currently, our ministries use St. Peter School for many of their activities. In order to keep our school students as safe as possible, the school facilities must be dedicated for school use only. Please prayerfully consider financially supporting this project. Your support is greatly appreciated. The “Upon This Rock” pledge card is located on our website petertherock.org. If you have any questions about the project or want to meet with Father Gregory or Debby Dover, our Campaign Coordinator, please stop by or call the office at (719) 481-3511, we are happy to meet with you!
Sunday, March 3, 2019
St. Peter Catholic Church
55 Jefferson St.
Monument, CO 80132
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