It has been my blessing to be part of the New Melle Community for almost ten years now and getting to know my neighbors has been a great joy. I have kept many of you in my prayers as I have heard about illness, injury, deaths in your family, or other difficulties, and prayed that you might know God’s presence and peace. I have also thanked God for the many blessings in your lives as I hear about news through the grapevine. Life is not always easy, but it is good, and for those with faith, it can be great!
During the Advent season, I offer extra hours in the Confessional for members of the parish in preparation for Christmas. While I cannot celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) with non-Catholics, I want to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to talk, pray or just visit about anything whatsoever. I will be available in the Confessional (no longer a “box”) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Advent from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. On slow nights I tend to leave earlier, usually after 8. If you stop by and I am not there, by chance, feel free to call or text me at 314-303-2428. The invitation to use my cell phone is open anytime; please identify yourself if you text me or leave a message on the phone if I am unable to answer. I’ll try to return your call as soon as possible.
The holidays can be a time of abundant joy or extreme sorrow. While the holidays can be very joyful, many struggle to overcome loss or personal trial. Jesus came to save us from sin and to be Immanuel, God with us. I thank God for the faith all of us share as Christians. I am not out to make you Catholic, but I just seek to know you better and love you more as a neighbor. You are more than welcome to come by and talk. Take 5 minutes or 50; I am there to listen, pray and visit with you about whatever you would like. Strengthening the bonds of our community is so vital. If you are unfamiliar with the church, the Confessional is located just inside the church to the right of the baptismal font.
Have a Blessed Advent and Christmas!
Fr. Tom Miller
Immaculate Heart of Mary