December 25, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Christmas season invites us to give thanks. Above all, we give thanks to God for the great gift of his Son who was born of the Virgin Mary and became like us in all things but sin. We also give thanks for our families and friends who have been instruments of God’s blessing for us. In a special way, I give thanks to the Lord for you and for your work in the Archdiocese. Your steady commitment and generous service enable the Archdiocese to stay true to its ministry and mission. God bless you for all that you do.
As we celebrate Christmas, 2021, we are clearly aware of challenges that we face, including the pandemic that still persists, the lack of social peace, and other uncertainties that mark our lives. As serious as these challenges are, they cannot leave us dispirited. Our faith tells us that Jesus truly is Emmanuel, God-with-us, and that he walks with us on our life journey. Not only does Jesus walk with us, but we also walk with each other, together on the road. This is what Pope Francis means when he speaks of synodality, being on the road together.
As we look forward to a new year, we can draw strength from the Lord and each other, while we serve the renewal of the Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago. I promise that I will bring you, your loved ones, and your special intentions to the altar in this holy season. I also ask you to pray for me, so that we can continue to work together and fulfill what the Lord wants for our local church.
God bless you and keep you,
Sincerely yours in Christ
Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago