Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
“COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!”
That is our invitation for any and all here in Montauk and at Saint Therese of Lisieux Parish. All are welcome. Some people may think the church will fall in if they enter the doors... but it won’t. I bet that every person in this parish is deepening in love, or searching for peace, or mourning a loss, or caring for a child or parent or spouse, or working a job, or getting sober, or looking for God in the midst of whatever is happening in their lives. We are all in this together and that is the beauty of it. We come just as we are. How else can we come? I once read a billboard that said: “ Do you have to be a sinner to join our Church? NO, but it sure would help!
”I love this season of Advent leading up to Christmas. It is so full of comfort and peace, reconciliation and healing, letting go and embracing something new within. The holidays, especially with the added uncertainty and anxiety of this COVID virus, can make so much more poignant any feelings we might have of isolation, mourning or even alienation...from family, the Church, or just life in general. So “coming home” might be the first steps to finding peace and healing.
So we are here for you, all of us. If you want to talk something out, come. If you want to go to confession, come. If you just want to sit in the quiet of our beautiful church, come. If you want to come to Mass on Christmas Eve or Day, come. If you want to leave a new pair of socks for someone homeless, or visit the Christmas crib, or put a homemade decoration on one of our Christmas trees, come. However you come, you are welcome here.
Let us continue to hold each other in our hearts and in our prayers as each of us makes this Advent journey to Christmas.
Blessings and peace,
Father Bob, C.P.