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“My dear Parishioners,

Greetings to all of you at this special time celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  I would like to extend my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas!  May you and your families be filled with joy and peace during this season and may you be blessed with a health and prosperous New Year!

As 2014 nears its end I would like to thank all parishioners who have been actively involved in the different activities of the Parish; be it educational, fundraising, liturgical or social, each plays an important role in building community.  At this time I would especially like to acknowledge and thank all 3 Choirs of St. Joseph's who, for the very first time, came together for the Christmas Sing-a-Long on December 21st.  Each Choir practiced, practiced, and practiced not only for the Sing-a-Long but also for the Christmas Masses so that we may all be filled with the joy of Christmas.

I would also like to thank everyone who has financially supported the Parish this year either through the regular Sunday collection and/or Project Advance.  There was a significant increase in support for Project Advance and for that I am grateful as we have had to face infrastructure challenges.  The last two months we have had to repair a broken water line and do emergency repairs on our boiler.  We expect the boiler unit will need to be closely monitored.  St. Joseph's Parish will, as will all the churches in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, have to install an earthquake warning device by the deadline of November 2015; it will be costly.  We will also have to meet our commitment to St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School when it undergoes major renovations at some point in the future.

In November, two of our parishioners, Terry McLaughlin and Jamie Meskas, were installed as Acolytes at a ceremony in Vancouver.  This is but one more step in their journey towards becoming Permanent Deacons.  You will continue to see Terry and Jamie assist me, in their role as Acolytes, at the Masses.  God willing, they will both be ordained Permanent Deacons in December 2015.

Fr. Tom, our retired former pastor, concelebrates Mass with me weekdays and at the 9am Mass on Sunday.  He has graciously come to terms with his memory situation and is a positive example of having to live in the present moment.  When I call on him for assistance he immediately responds in the affirmative.  His deep spirituality is to be admired.  Fr. Tom is grateful to be living in Carrington House and being back in Mission so close to the Parish he served for 11 years.  I look forward to having him around for many more years.

The strength of St. Joseph's Parish is to be found in the unwavering faith of our parishioners and so I would ask you to please pray for our benefactors, the sick of our Parish, those who have no one to pray for them, and for parishioners who have died this year – may they rest in peace.

With love,”

Fr. Joseph

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