<US>A Christmas Prayer

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 06:15:52 -0600

.=:  U S U A L    S U S P E C T S  :=.
      from Father Pat Umberger      

"Round up the usual suspects"  ~"Casablanca," the movie

M E R R Y    C H R I S T M A S

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Holy and Healthy New Year.
How fortunate we are to have a God who sent his only Son as his living Word.
We are not alone.  God is with us.  Let's look for the presence of Christ in
all we meet today.  Let's open the areas of our brokenness and pain too, and
let Jesus be born there.  The people of Saint Patrick Parish in Onalaska
wish you a Merry Christmas.  Keep us in your prayers and know you're
remembered in ours as well!

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A forward from member Alicia ...

   A    C H R I S T M A S    P R A Y E R
     ~ by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the
song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. 

Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be
merry with clear hearts. 

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas
evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus' sake. Amen. 


May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe,

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God." ~Psalm 46:10


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