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Christmas 2021 angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt..."

As we celebrate God's love at Christmas may we come to greater care and love for one another.

The Rev. Fr. Erik J. Richtsteig KCHS

The Rev. Mr. John Bash

The Rev. Mr. Steven Neveraski

The Rev. Mr. George Reade

Past Letters appear below.

Christmas 2020




In C. S, Lewis' great fantasy novel, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, the Kingdom of Narnia labors under a curse where it is always Winter but never Christmas. I am somewhat sympathetic their predicament. Right now, it seems that it is always Covid and never Christmas. Two weeks to flatten the curve has turned into months of social distancing. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to handle the Christmas Masses here at St. Ambrose. Christmas is usually the time when everyone comes out of the woodwork and we are packed to the gills. But this year, we can't be packed and may be forced to turn people away when we reach capacity. Friends have told me of their anxiety over whether or not they will be allowed to meet with family and friends this year.


Be of good heart! This is not the first Christmas during trying times. There have been Christmases during times of war and persecution. In some countries, believers have to gather in secret to celebrate the birth of the Savior. Yes, there have been Christmases during times of plague.


While we may not be able to celebrate as we are accustomed to, we will still celebrate. We may have to video chat with families and friends. Some may have to watch Christmas Mass remotely. But we will still celebrate.


Father Erik

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