Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Christmas Message from Msgr. Enzler

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Greetings on this blessed Christmas Eve,

From all of us at Catholic Charities, Merry Christmas!  We wish you a very happy holiday and offer our most heartfelt appreciation for your support of Catholic Charities throughout this past year.  Even tonight, as I celebrate Mass and remember you in my prayers, and as you and your family prepare your holiday traditions, our Catholic Charities staff will be working in our shelters. There, thanks to you, they will be making sure that everyone has a warm night and can experience some of the joys of Christmas.

Growing up, one of my favorite holiday memories was on Christmas Eve, when my father gathered our family of 13 brothers and sisters, and paused the evening’s celebration to reflect and simply say, “Isn’t this fun?”  And on Christmas day we’d have a cake and we’d sing happy birthday to baby Jesus.  My parents showed us how the Christmas spirit is what life is all about – fun, joy, family.

As I continue through my first Advent season and Christmas here at Catholic Charities, I cannot tell you just how amazed I am at the work our staff is doing. I’ve been lucky enough to have attended several Christmas celebrationsand gift giveaways across our programs, mingling with staff and meeting clients. I cherish being part of this Catholic Charities family, and I have had many moments to step back and say to myself, “Isn’t this fun?”
I am so grateful that you are walking this journey with me to serve and care for our neighbors and families in need. May God bless you and your family this Christmas,

Monsignor John J. Enzler
President and CEO
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

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