Dear Parishioners and Friends.

  TODAY I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT HOME.

Especially tomorrow night, CHRISTMAS EVE, don’t let this opportunity be wasted with useless chats and TV.

1 – Please call your family together around the NATIVITY or a PRAYER CORNER.

2 – Prepare a computer for the songs, which you can find and LINK from this page.

3 – Get a Bible and find the quotations that one by one your family can read. The head of the house can be the leader; others can do the Bible readings (second part) and others can take care of finding the songs in the computer. For the second Part please use your Bible, on the FIRST 2 CHAPTERS of ST. LUKE.

4 – After the last reading, close all the lights and leave on the nativity or other religious symbols and spend some time in silence to think at the story of Christmas; then you can make spontaneous prayers, to which you respond: LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5 – The evening can be concluded with a GOOD MEAL together. And maybe after you can open the gifts. DON’T FORGET TO WATCH THE MASS TOGETHER IN THE COMPUTER OR TV.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

HOME CELEBRATION

ST. CARTHERINE OF SIENA

O COME O COME EMMANUEL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xtpJ4Q_Q-4

1 – IN THE BEGINNING God had created everything perfectly. Joy, harmony, light and love was the natural habitat for humanity. But then the Devil brought SIN into the Garden of Eden and everything was broken. Mankind had lost the friendship with God. In order to reunite men and God, there was a need of someone who could have both lives: the one of humans and the one of God, in order to unite the two together.

            God did not give up on men and promise something beautiful and great: “A young woman will give birth to a descendant of David, who will save mankind and reunite men with God”.

SONG: O Come Divine Messiah…(CBW -310) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzNiBdW4Le4

GOD MADE VARIOUS PROMISES during the ancient history of mankind. A very important one was made to ABRHAM: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who will bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.”

SONG: O COME ALL YE FAITHJFUL – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3egGjeiWEA

NOAH, MOSES, JOSEPH were all images of the promised messiah, but the one who really represent Him is the young boy DAVID, who became the first KING OF ISRAEL and from his house would be born the messiah promised from ages.

THE PROPHETS pre-announced the coming of the Messiah in many ways; in particular the prophet ISAIAH gave a precise account of the birth and sacrificial death of the promised Messiah. (Read Isaiah 7, 10-14.)

“ Again, the Lord spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered: “I will not ask, I will not tempt the Lord! Then He said: Listen, oh house of David, is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my god? Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name Him Emmanuel”.

(Isaiah 11, 1 – 9) AGAIN FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH:

“ But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jessy and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding; a spirit of counsel and strength, a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord….. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.

SONG: THE FIRST NOEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4iXatDeY7A

The Prophet Ezekiel (36, 23-28) describes the mission of the Messiah, who came to unify the nations:

“Thus the nations shall know that I am the Lord, Says the Lord God, when in their sign I prove my holiness through you. For I will take you away from the nations, gather you from all the foreign lands, and bring you back to your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees. You shall live in the land I. gave your fathers; you shall be my people and I will be your God”.

SONG: SILENT NIGHT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ri2thaAIyA

ANDRE’ RIEU – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBJY3AxtoHM

FINALLY, at the appointed time GOD FULFILLS ALL HIS PROMISED. He sends His only Son to become man, so that man may become again united with God.

ANNUNCIATION: Luke 1, 36-38.

SONG: Ave Maria. Young Singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEImCJWI_ak

VISITATION to her COUSIN ELIZABETH: Luke 1, 39-56.

THE BIRTH OF JESUS : Luke 2, 1-7.

SONG: O HOLY NIGHT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITIaYoWCPkE

O HOLY NIGHT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VfYKmJkxl0

ANGELS: Luke 2, 8-14.

SONG : Angels We have heard on high.

  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYVoAKvDsLU

SHEPHERDS – Luke 2, 15-20.

HALLELUIA: Andrea Boccelli and Daughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIiqxyIuMJk

OTHER SONGS:

MARY DID YOU KNOW? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE

(Solo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fbgWa5pH3g

WHAT CHILD IS THIS? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTyuW1Q2oxU

INSTRUMENTAL during the DINNER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCKAXhT7nlQ

Fr. Walter

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.