Bishop’s New Year’s Message 2022

Friday December 31, 2021

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Bishop Oscar A. Solis

By Bishop Oscar A. Solis

Bishop of Salt Lake City

Greetings from the peace and love of Christ, my friends,

As we move into the year 2022, I pray that the spirit of Christmas continues to linger in our hearts. The reminder of the coming of Christ, his permanent presence with us and the love, joy and hope that our Savior brings are great gifts for our suffering, broken and troubled world. I pray that this message finds you well and that you appreciate the peace that Christ brings.

The New Year offers us the opportunity to turn a new page in our history. We remember and give thanks for the blessings of the past year, despite the challenges, adversities and uncertainties that we continue to endure. Thank God for Christmas, renewing our trust that God sent his only begotten Son, our Savior to bring new light and new life to our world.

In the midst of all the troubles and losses we have experienced over the past year, there have also been moments of joy and elation. Our diocese was able to lift most of the restrictions for liturgical gatherings, so that we can come together again as a family of faith to worship, celebrate Holy Mass, baptisms, weddings and other services in person. Catholic Community Services has reopened the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul dining room for on-site meals and continues to meet the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters.

In addition, the New Year gives us the opportunity to look to the future with hope. The solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on January 1 sets the tone for us as we walk forward to write a new chapter in our history. We honor and thank our Blessed Virgin Mary for giving birth to Jesus, Emmanuel, who guides our path to eternal life. It teaches us to meditate and cherish the different times we have lived as well as the pains and adversities we have endured. Her feast day is a perfect time to seek her loving intercession in this New Year to renew faith, trust, and trust in the love and mercy of God.

We pray to her as we continue to help build a culture of life and a culture of care in our society and in the world. A resolution in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization currently before the Supreme Court of the United States could have a dramatic effect on the availability of abortion in our country. Our pastoral care for women in crisis or in other circumstances is essential. At the local level, the Utah state legislature will consider ending the death penalty, the cruel and inhumane practice of taking life through state sanctioned executions that undermines our fundamental belief. in the sanctity of every human person’s life, from conception to death.

Finally, the new year also gives us a fresh start, new perspectives and new opportunities as well. We look forward to the coming months as parishes across the Diocese, in communion with the Holy Father and Catholic Churches around the world, will join in the process of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality underway as we all journey along. together to pray, listen and discern what people value in our Church, their aspirations and their suggestions on how we can do better.

When the Synod ends in June, the National Eucharistic Awakening kicks in. It is an exciting time for us to refocus our minds and hearts on the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Mass as the source and summit of our life and our worship. Christians. I urge the people of God in our diocese – indeed, all Catholics – to participate in these events and welcome those who are on the margins of our faith, our community or our society to share their voices on how we, as the Church, can walk together on the path to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Like Mary, the Mother of God, let us place our life and the world in the hands of God. Filled with the love of Christ, let us be bearers of hope in these difficult times to generously share this hope with others and help renew the hearts of our brothers and sisters. May God bless the year 2022 with his redemptive grace to bring lasting healing, joy and peace to the world.

Good year!


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