What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:4-5
December 14, 2020
I believe all of us will find these words particularly comforting this year: “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” It has been a difficult year for all of us. Families have lost loved ones. Many have lost jobs and struggled financially. The public health crisis we have faced has put many things in perspective. Yet, as Christians, we believe that the darkness shall not overcome the light of Christ. So, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the faith of the Holy Family with a special poignancy this year.
Despite everything, we enter this upcoming year with hope. We hope for an end to this pandemic. We hope for healing for all those who have been affected. We hope and pray for God’s blessings and grace as we navigate this next year.
One bit of hope we are offering at Holy Rosary-St. John is a Martin Luther King Day event that will be online in 2021. It will be available on our main page at hrsj.org. Father Reynaldo S. Taylor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will offer the message. Our music minister, Vernon Hairston, will share musical selections, and members of the parish will contribute words of wisdom from Scripture and from Dr. King. We ask everyone to join us for this online celebration. We plan to have it online by January 15, 2021. Keep checking our hrsj.org website for info.
We celebrate, but we also face obstacles. Every member of the church has been affected by the challenges of this year, and our social service ministries have had to re-think how they do everything. In addition to the changes brought about by the pandemic, we have had a number of building issues that have cost us a significant amount.
We are a small parish, but are doing God’s work to the best of our ability in our area of the city. The reality is we cannot afford to keep up with all the social service ministries we offer and all the building needs on our own. So, we again need to ask for your help. Please take the time to learn more. Go to hrsjchurch.org/service for a list of all our ministries and for links to Holy Rosary-St. John programs and partner organizations. You can also sign up for our email newsletter and find links to our social media.
Please consider a donation. We do so much with so little. Every donation is a huge blessing to us and helps us to serve our Lord and our community.
- To donate by check, simply return a check made out to “Holy Rosary-St. John” in the enclosed envelope (we have taken out a P. O. Box to make sure our donations are safely received: Holy Rosary-St. John, P.O. Box 83572, Columbus, OH 43203-0572); - To donate online, go to hrsjchurch.org/donate for information about how to donate through our secure online donation service, through PayPal, or through our GoFundMe page.
We also have a “related organization” that grew out of the church and is now a separate nonprofit, the Community Kitchen. You may also donate to the Community Kitchen by making your check payable to “Community Kitchen, Inc.” and returning it in the enclosed envelope.
With God’s help, we will continue to meet the challenges of this year and future years. With your help, we will continue our ministry in the neighborhood we are called to serve. Thank you for all you do. Your support makes such a difference. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-252-5926, x. 7.
In Christ, Rev. Ramon Owera
Our mailing address is:
Holy Rosary-St. John Church P. O. Box 83572 Columbus, OH 43203-0572