Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for supporting the St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church in 2016. We are grateful for the trust that you have placed in us.
Please know that we will continue to dedicate ourselves to directly increasing the spirituality and the numbers of the faithful in our church. Our volunteers, our councils, and our lay ministry groups promise to continue raising awareness about the special treasure of the Maronite Church highlighting the special charisma of Saint Rafka, our patron saint, in the service to one another, in the adoration to the blessed sacrament, in teaching our youth, in promoting social justice and service to the poor, in holding fast to the tradition of the Apostolic Syro-Aramic Maronite Church, in the aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East, and in the love of this nation and the service of the entire community of the Catholic Church and the Ecumenical family of both Eastern and Western Churches.
We pray that 2017, the 100 Year Jubilee Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, will be a Year of Light, of Strength in the Faith, of Hope and Mercy to all in need, of Prosperous Peace, and of Renewed Love for God and Neighbor.
We look forward to continuing to work with you through the Apostolate of Our Church of Saint Rafka asking you all for more active participation and volunteering in the 2017 calendar of events. 2017 will be abundant and fruitful, we count on your resources always to insure our mortgage and our budget to be well met in goals and achievement.
You will continue to see Church building improvements from the outside andinside.
We look forward to host the Regional National of Apostolate of Maronites Convention in late April2017.
We will welcome our First Communion class, our confirmation and baptisms, and we will have many weddings in our church.
We will welcome our bishop, who comes every year as a shepherd and father topray, bless, and visit us.
We will continue to be a beacon of light and active participants in moral and social makeup of the larger Catholic Church here in Denver, andbeyond.
We will continue to champion Catholic teaching in the world, such as care for immigrants, or supporting a Culture of Life (See our bulletin message about the January 14 March for LifeRally.)
God Bless you all in this New Year,
Father Andre Y Mahanna