Bishop Kemme extends Christmas and New Year blessings to all

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In the book of the prophet Isaiah (9:2), we will hear at the Christmas night Mass these words, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.” The ancient Israelites walked for centuries in darkness and gloom awaiting the Messiah, a Savior, and the Light of the World. In the fullness of time, the Messiah, our Savior and the Light who conquers all darkness and sin, entered human history in the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem.
Since that “Holy Night,” the community of believers we call the Church, the New Israel of the New Covenant, has celebrated his birth, his entry into human history and the dawn of salvation. No longer does the darkness overwhelm us or the gloom invade our hearts, for we know and believe that Jesus has come to change human history; he came long ago to walk with us on our pilgrimage of discipleship, leading to a new, full, and abundant life.
With these humble thoughts, I wish to extend to each and every person in the Diocese of Wichita, which I am most honored to serve as bishop, my heartfelt and sincere wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a healthy and joy-filled new year.
My prayer is that the Christmas season and the beginnings of a new year will be profound moments of grace, blessing and peace for you and your loved ones. Throughout the new year, I pray that our diocese will begin to embrace and make a reality our new pastoral vision and mission, that all will become FULLY ALIVE as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ and that we will set out together to make formation in evangelization and renewal of stewardship and parish and family life by reclaiming Sunday as the Day of the Lord, our priorities.
Though we face many challenges and obstacles in the pursuit and living of a holy life and offering an authentic witness to the newborn King of the Jews now in the 21st century, we can be confident that HE walks with us, empowers us, and inspires us to offer this needed witness in our times.
May God bless all of you and keep you ever close to the Heart of the Infant Babe of Bethlehem, to his Foster Father, St. Joseph and to his Holy Mother, Mary. I am…
Humbly Yours in Christ,
+ The Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme D.D., Bishop of Wichita