Christmas Letter

OK God, what’s the Good News? The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News. All is profoundly OK because God is EmmanuelGod with us. May we be good news for others as stewards who share God’s gifts of time, talent, and treasure this Christmas and always.

Good News – Your Gift is Wrapped in Prayer
Unwrap the gift of God in prayer. In the midst of Advent and Christmas busyness, we offer you a way to pray and to discover our God who is with us. Each season the preparation for gift giving can be a source of stress. This year can be different. Our Christmas practice of gift giving is intended to be a visible symbol of love and Christian service in action. Why not use our gift giving as a form of prayer? Wrapping your gift in prayer can add a spiritual dimension to an ordinary task.

Wrap Your Gift in Prayer
As you choose your gift, ask for God’s guidance and bring a prayerful awareness to the exchange. When you actually wrap your gift, whether in wrapping paper or in a gift bag, pray for the recipient. Ask God to fill them with light, love and the peace of Christmas. Cards and electronic greetings may also be wrapped in prayer.

Your Gift is Wrapped in Prayer – Prayer Tag
Enclosed you will find a sheet of Gift Prayer Tags. Attach a Gift Prayer Tag to a gift, group of gifts or gift bag. Witnessing to your prayer by means of a Gift Tag is like giving an additional gift because it may lead the receiver to become more aware of God’s presence in her or his own life. You may also duplicate the gift tag sheets on your computer by visiting our website Gift Prayer Tags.

Choose from the prayer guide below or pray in your own way.
Imagine – visualize the person for whom you pray. Picture the Lord blessing them.
Speak – pray out loud, “Lord surround (name) with your light, fill _____ with your peace.”
Sing – a Christmas carol.
Gesture – dedicate the use of your hand motions in wrapping as your prayer.
Hear – simply repeat the person’s name knowing that the Lord hears our every prayer.
Recite – a pre-written prayer, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Rosary…
Act – reach out to someone in need of the gift of your care.

Remember to give thanks to God for all your gifts, including the gift of yourself.

This Christmas greeting is wrapped in prayer for you and your loved ones.
May blessings for Christmas and the New Year enfold you.

Rev. Joseph J. Garbarino, Pastor, Rev. J. Miguel Jimenez, Rev. Julio A. Barrios, Msgr. Kevin Flanagan
St. Philip the Apostle Pastoral Staff

“And whatever you do, in word or deed do everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God” ~ Colossians 3:17