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Come Home on Christmas

In hopes of inviting more Catholics to Church on Christmas than the usual churchgoers, I made a flyer intended for posting in businesses across town obviously for wider reach. Realizing it was too short of a notice, ended up not doing it at all. For all intents and purposes, gave it a try in the parish fb page but only received very minimal likes just before the midnight mass. Take a look what I got:

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Hope it drives home the Message…

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That on Christmas, wherever we’ve been, whatever we’ve done, whomever we’ve become, we simply come Home…Ven a casa esta navidad. We gaze at the nativity scene to see once again the humble circumstances of our Lord Jesus’ birth which makes us feel comfortable and at peace. We suspend for a moment seeing our lives from what others tell us they should be…and focus on the homeless Mary and Joseph, who were refused for a place to stay and last recourse, gave birth to the baby Jesus in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, Angels announcing the breaking news first to the Shepherds, the ordinary folks, often despised in society, were privileged to hear the glad tidings while busy working out in the fields…

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The mystery of the Incarnation, the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ, the Son of God born into human nature dwelling among us, one with us and never detached except sin, is the starting point of Christian Faith…

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At the Midnight Mass, the Christmas Proclamation is read: Lights turned off in the church moving from darkness to light…lays down the context and role of Jesus’ birth in the history of salvation beginning with the creation account, down to the significant biblical stories, including the political landscape and the mixture of the Graeco-Roman Culture…leading to the most important event…God made man…that changed the course of human history…BC to AD…

The twenty-fifth day of December,

When ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning created heaven and the earth, and formed man in his own likeness; when century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace; in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of Ur of the Chaldees; in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt; around the  thousandth year since David was anointed King: In the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad:  In the  year seven hundred fifty-two since the foundation of the City of Rome; In the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus, the whole world being at peace,

JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and the Son of the Eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by His most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and when nine months passed since His conception, was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh

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