The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year - 2012 is here, embrace it!

There's no need to cry over spilled milk. The year two thousand and eleven is over with and behind us. We can only learn from the past year and strive to make better today and thereafter. As the clock struck 12:00am all we can do is give God thanks and praise and the glory and honor that He deserves for allowing those of us who are still here to see yet another day. We made it to 2012!

The streets were crowded as we left home and headed for Church on New Years Eve. During this time of year especially on the eve of a New Year the Churches are bound to be crowded; this year was no exception. For the past few years my family and I have been celebrating New Years Mass at Sacred Heart Parish located a hop, skip and a jump from the Paradise Island bridge (need I say more). At 10:00pm there were already people in Church waiting for carols to begin at 10:30pm. What a joy to be in the house of God!

As Catholics, we believe that missing Church for any reason other than sickness, death or work is a mortal sin. Being a member of a Parish for many years, you get to know when someone has not been to Church, especially since we tend to sit in the same seat week after week. On some special occasions when the Churches fill up with our lost members and visitors some including myself may be off worshiping at another Parish; in my case, at Sacred Heart. We should be careful and not judge our brothers and sisters in believing that they have just opted out of coming to Church during these Holy days.

Reflecting back on the previous year, can you think of one resolution that people promise to do at the beginning of each year, but never seem to follow through to the end? There seems to be a season for everything today; merchants have their numbers down to a "T" knowing when it will be a busy time for them and when they will have their down periods. New Year brings new resolutions, even for some of us we start the previous resolutions all over again. The first week of the New Year keeps our local gyms rather busy for the first few months, as everyone wants to get healthy and in the best shape of their life. Gyms soon begin to see a decline in members as frustrations and lack of interest begin to set in.

Another resolution that we find ourselves beginning and falling away from is having a consistent daily prayer life, let me be the first to raise my hand and declare "guilty as charged." This is not the same as waking in the morning and rushing a few words down, or turning in for the night and say a prayer out of habit. In our busy lives we hold meetings all the time, so too should we take the time to sit and commune with God and speak to Him about anything. Prayer is needed to sustain us and to be our phone line to God.

As Fr. Mel expressed during his homily, we now hear the world recapping all of the major and extraordinary events that took place during the course of last year, but our year was built on small things, this is the moment when we realized that God was present in our prayer. Also, during our prayer time when we are about to end and at that moment you realize that you do not want to end your prayer because you know that God is there with you.

As we heard during the first reading today taken from Numbers 6:22-27, Moses was instructed to bless the Israelites, by saying to them: "The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace. In this message God wishes to sustain us, comfort us and give us peace." As we pray and make God present in our prayers we are at peace. As we begin this New Year, it's a good time just like any to become more aware of God's presence in our prayers that we want to constantly seek His face in prayer.

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