Fr. Mike’s Communication for Jan 1, 2022

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

January  1 & 2, 2022

They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary, his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.

~ Luke 3:16

Brothers and Sisters,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ask yourself, what has motivated you to seek out Jesus? Now take a minute and remember any signs that have guided your faith journey? Though likely few of us can claim guideposts like a star leading us to a specific location or an angel announcing the presence of God, still we all experienced the divine or “God-winks” that have led us to Christ. Owning and sharing those experiences are crucial; remember, our faith stories might be the catalyst needed to inspire someone to begin their search to find Jesus. Now let’s consider how our very uniqueness ordained by God contributes to sharing our faith. For instance, if reason and intellectual pursuits have helped you see the beauty of God’s creation, science and philosophy might be the means to help another connect with their Creator. For those who value solid friendships and belonging to something bigger than themselves, welcoming them to join you in a community of disciples may be how they experience God’s warmth and compassion. And for those who have heard God asking them to join him in prayer, though a work in progress, share your daily prayer routines to encourage them to start their personal daily prayer habit. Regardless of the gifts, God inspires you to use; the point is to step out in faith and use them! Thank you to all of you whom I have seen do as such. Your witness to Jesus is inspirational — thank you!

However, our path to the Lord has been made clear; the Gospel reminds us of the proper posture of reverence when we find ourselves with God. While the Church only formally incorporates the prayer of prostration (by which one lays face down on the floor in a posture of surrender) at ordinations and on Good Friday. This stature may be a good prayer experience to take in the privacy of our homes, as we offer the entirety of ourselves to our Lord in the New Year. As with the magi, lay before the Lord your gifts and your whole selves.

Likewise, on the Feast of the Epiphany, Catholic families customarily offer a prayer of blessing for their homes. A format is available on our website for you to use ( I also encourage your prayers for Fr. Anthony, who spends this month at home with his family in Nigeria. In addition to visiting with family, Fr. Anthony uses his annual travel to help supply food for about 50 families. Thanks to your generosity in our poor box, the parish sent him $5,000 to support these missionary efforts.

May the Lord bless you and your families this new year with abundant graces and lasting joy!

Some considerations:

  • Post Abortion Recovery GroupThe Columbia Pregnancy Center offers a 9-week session for women who have had an abortion and desire to explore the healing and mercy Jesus offers. This is a confidential group to share your experience with other women who have also had an abortion. As unresolved grief can cause stress, anxiety, or depression, we hope you will take this step toward peace; call or text today at 410-730-3223.
  • Year of the Eucharist – On January 23, the Archdiocese of Baltimore celebrates “Word of God Sunday” – Check a wonderful catalog of resources to deepen your understanding of Scripture throughout the Mass, not just in the readings by visiting

  • Mom to Mom 2.0The Columbia Pregnancy Center will be offering a bible study for new Moms in English and Spanish beginning in January. So many of our new Moms are seeking more for their children. This 12-week study will introduce Jesus and what it means to live a faith-filled life. All are welcome. To register, call or text the Center at 410-730-3223.

  • Support to our Catholic Brothers and Sisters in Kentuckyif it is your desire to help those devastated by the tornadoes in Kentucky, the Owensboro Catholic Charities/Diocese has been asked to administer the emergency financial aid needed. If you would like to explore options to give, please visit:

St. Joseph, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Rev. Michael S. Triplett