Friends of Blessed Sacrament,

In a few short days, our Church will commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Unlike other historical events, we cannot view the manger where He laid resting in some historical museum.  Artifacts such as the swaddling clothes in which the Blessed Mother wrapped him or the gifts of the Wise Men are not available for analysis.  Rather, it is our faith, especially during this Year of Grace, which keeps us focused on the meaning of our Messiah’s birth rather than on the less important artifacts which supplement the Christmas story.

 As we approach Christmas, I want to take a special opportunity to thank each of you for the great faith you have in our parish school.  Like the first Christmas, many of you may not have the opportunity to visit our classrooms, athletic events, school liturgies or community events.  Nonetheless, you continue to have faith in our educational mission as we continue providing a Catholic education to the families of our parish and those in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.  I thank you for your financial support, the words of encouragement, but most importantly the prayers you offer for our children.

 I wish you a very Holy Christmas and Happy New Year.  May the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe watch over you and your loved ones this sacred season.  In closing, I leave you with an Irish Christmas Blessing…

Lady Love, whose maternal affection for us is revealed in Mary the Mother of Jesus, bring us with the shepherds to Bethlehem so that we can see in the image of the Madonna and Child the passionate gentleness of your affection for us and in that image gain strength and hope for all our lives.  We ask this in the name of the Babe born at Bethlehem and his mother.  Amen.

In the hands of Our Lady,

Michael Fierro