Dear friends, at this time of Christmas I want to share with you the joyful gratitude of being your pastor, your shepherd. Most of the times it is you who look up to me, but this time it is I who wants to look up to you. I want to let you know that I am very happy and proud of this Christian community, where the Lord has called me to serve and live just two and a half years ago. From the beginning I had the opportunity to admire a sincere faith in many of you. I was surprised to see so many people going to mass daily. I was surprised to see so many volunteers, offering their time and talent for our children. I was really happy to see that each mass was well organized with choirs and ministers at each celebration. Many volunteers for the preparation to the sacraments, Baptism, Marriage, the Sick and RCIA. Something that jumped in my eyes immediately is the great diversity of languages and cultures that are united in a single Christian community at our parish. I met many refugees who told me that they feel welcome and respected in our midst. But, most of all, I really appreciate the great love and closeness that you have toward your priests and deacon. I really feel that you love me and the priests, and I am very happy to return such a great love as much as I can. I can sincerely say that I love you and that I want to share with you all the great love of Jesus for each one of us.

                    Christmas is the greatest sign of the love, tenderness, closeness of God, who becomes a loving baby, to show us how much He loves us. My only wish is that we grow in love as a family; that we may reach out to so many people who have no experience of the real love that Jesus is bringing to us; that we may become a real community of love, as the angels announced from heaven the night of Christmas: Peace and joy to all those, whom God loves.

Merry Christmas to all.

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.