"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit." Ephesians 2:19-22
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Historic Chapel Location:
800 S. Oak Ave., Sanford, FL
3280 W. 1st St., (SR #46),
Happy New Year
All Souls Catholic Church
Every year at Christmas my memory brings me back to the place where it all began: Bethlehem, the birthplace of Our Savior.
During this historical Jubilee year I was already three months into my Novitiate at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Ein Karem; outside the city of Jerusalem. Part of my studies for the Priesthood required that all Novices go to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to serve as a sacristan in the catacombs, just beneath St. Catherine’s Monastery.
Within hours — just before midnight, literally thousands of pilgrims from all over the world would land on Bethlehem in hopes of gaining entrance into the small village. As was usually the case, Israeli soldiers would have to turn away many at the border because the “little town of Bethlehem” was simply unable to accommodate the throngs.
In the excitement of everything, I prayed as a young seminarian, to experience the birth of Christ in its fullest. As I busied myself serving priests from all over the world who were coming to celebrate mass in Bethlehem, I was amazed at all the liturgical books that we had in the monastery in just about any language you could think of!
From the two years that I spent serving in the Holy Land, I would say my fondest memory during Christmas was Christmas Eve, of the following year — it was 2001. The night wore on — well past midnight — all of us Franciscan friars were exhausted from having served as sacristans. I remember going to the entrance of the Monastery to secure its main doors, whereupon I met a young man, cold, wet, and tired. He asked me ever so humbly if there was any room at the monastery to spend the night.
I still remember my hesitancy, but knew immediately that hospitality was what the Franciscan Friars serving in Jerusalem were known for. I led him into the seminary chapel; in seconds he nestled himself on the floor, by the wall heater, and was fast asleep.
I have never forgotten that humble image because a voice inside me said that the young man I received into the monastery that night, was none other than Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.
I hope during this beautiful season, we too, will be given the grace to receive each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. All of us at All Souls Catholic Church come from different walks of life, different nationalities, customs, and languages. Christ will indeed come to your doorstep in this season and throughout the year, in different ways, perhaps asking; like that young man in Bethlehem, for a place of refuge… will you receive him?
From the heart of your Pastor,
A Very Merry Christmas to All!
Father Gilbert Medina
Christmas Mass Schedule
Church location: 3280 W 1st Street (SR#46), Sanford
Chapel location: 800 S. Oak Avenue, Sanford
Wednesday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve
Church Masses ~ 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm (Spanish) and Midnight
Chapel Mass ~ 5:00pm
Thursday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day
Church Masses ~ 8:00am, 10:00am and 12:00 Noon
Chapel Mass ~ 2:00pm (Latin)
Mary, Mother of God ~ Holy Day of Obligation
Wednesday, December 31st
Church Mass ~ Vigil Mass at 6:00pm (Bilingual in English/Spanish)
Thursday, January 1st
Chapel Masses ~ 8:30am and 2:00pm (Latin)
Church Mass at 10:00am
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