Dear Members and Friends of St. John the Baptist Parish:

Christmas is a day for us to remember God’s merciful love. Through Jesus, we come to know who God really is – He is Love. God’s love is extended to everyone, including the marginalized … and especially the poor and the homeless.

In Jesus, we are given a home – a place where we experience forgiveness, mercy, and love. This is what we celebrate on Christmas: God, our welcoming Father, giving us a place in His heart.

As we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, we remember how God first gave a home to the marginalized by being born in a stable. As we re-create the stable, I ask that you take part in providing a “roof” for the Holy Child. This Christmas, let us be mindful of those who are in need of our welcome – a family member, a friend, a co-worker, a fellow parishioner. Let us make room in our hearts for forgiveness and love and reach out to those who are asking for them.

In addition, Pope Francis keeps reminding us not to forget the poor. During this season of giving, let us also find time to help the needy. Let us extend God’s gift generosity by helping in one of the soup kitchens, preparing a meal or a food basket for a family in need, visiting the sick, or maybe asking our very own Fr. Dan Urcia as to how we can reach out to those in prison. Through these simple actions we are able to bring Christ to others this Christmas.

Fr. Eddie, the rest of the clergy, the parish and school staff and I, promise you our prayers in a very special way during this great season of giving. May the Gracious God, who has gifted us with His Son, bless you and your family now and always.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely yours,

Fr. Ritche