I have so many pictures to post from this week, I hardly know where to start ! We have really been enjoying Christmas, spending time with extended family, a few fun outings, and lots of of time just relaxing (and very little time online). It's been so nice! I hope you are all having a very Merry Christmas too!
Getting ready for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve...
|Julianna, Jessica, JoAnn, and Mary|
I was so happy to have some of my family in town and over on Christmas Eve!
My mom and brother Kevin were traveling back from a golf tournament in Georgia on Christmas Eve, and Jennifer hadn't made it to town yet either, but we had my Dad, brother Brian and his family, Julianna, JoAnn (home from college), Mary (home from Texas), and David over on Christmas Eve! I'll be sure to share more Christmas Eve pictures soon...
Any guesses on what Rascal created instead of a Gingerbread house this year? He is so creative!
(You can find the answer here.)
I took my camera to Midnight Mass, but only took this one blurry picture of Father preaching the homily in a candlelit church. (The lights were shut off during the homily.) Sean sang with the choir, which was just a small group, but they did a beautiful job singing traditional hymns and even chant! (Very rare for our area!) We have been feeling so very blessed lately!
I haven't mentioned it here yet, since it still wasn't a for sure thing, but we are finally going to have a LATIN MASS in our area!!!! (Thank you all so much for your prayers for this intention of ours!) We spoke with our pastor when we had him over for dinner, but one of the challenges at that time was finding a priest that was capable of offering the Mass. When we attended Mass over at the coast in August the priest there offered to come over on a monthly basis to offer it for us, without us even asking! Over the past few months Sean has met and spoken with both our Pastor and the priest from the coast a number of times and we will be having our first (quarterly) Latin Mass in February! This is an answer to many many years of prayer! We can still hardly believe that it is official, and that it will be offered at the little mission church just 5 miles from our home! We will be praying for its success, and that someday we will be able to have it on a more frequent basis. Deo Gratias!!
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