Pastor’s Message

My Dear Friends in Christ,
Do you feel overwhelmed at Christmas, even though it’s supposed to be the most peaceful time
of year? The best remedy is simplicity. Simplify your Christmas this year and you will
experience the birth of Jesus with renewed hope!
Happy New Year! As 2023 rolls in, take a moment to reflect on the past year and have hope for
the future. Although it can be difficult to make changes, and even more difficult to keep them,
with courage, it’s possible to make sure that the next year brings us so many blessings. 
Here are a few  inspirations that will give you courage to make 2023 your best year yet! 
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Inspiration from St. Francis de Sales!  
“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will
care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you
unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and
imaginings.” God wants you to dream!
 
What three things do you hope to accomplish this year? It takes courage to make our dreams a
reality! 
Virtue in focus…
Courage is not the absence of fear, but a willingness to overcome your fear in order to pursue
the greater good. You can be courageous and scared at the same time! Sometimes courage is
confused with someone who is fearless or a risk taker–but it isn’t the same thing. Courage
requires that you are doing something good. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions that
would require you to show courage? 
A burst of wisdom.
Everyone’s afraid of something but don’t let your fear stop you from living! 
Did you know…
There are proven methods to help you set goals effectively. Think back over the last year–
what’s one goal, big or small, that you achieved? 
For the young and young at heart…
Teach your children about the power of gratitude, especially when we reflect on 2022! 
For those who want the courage to live their best life…
“Be gentle with yourself, be gentle with others, and never stop striving to be all that God created
you to be: the-very-best-version-of-yourself.” 

In Christ’s Promise,

Fr. Bill Cao, Pastor