Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Our Parish story is a fascinating story, for it is the ageless Catholic story of struggle and frustration, of success and failure, of sanctity and sin, of life and death. We have so much in our past of which we can be justly proud. We have had tireless priests, sisters, brothers, deacons and so many great parishioners. Our forebears slaved and scraped to pay off depts.; struggled against discouraging odds to minister to people of Danielson and beyond. What no history can adequately tell is the faith of our forebears, their trust in God, their love for one another – in good times and bad, in sickness and health, in poverty and wealth. Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Deacons and people have labored for hundred and fifty years (1870-2020) to make God’s love known. Without them our lives would be quite different – perhaps even less Christian.
A hundred and twenty five years (1895-2020) have passed since the Missionaries of La Salette came from France to Danielson. Yesterday led to today, which leads to tomorrow. We still need to reach out to others and continue to serve as Jesus has commissioned us on that memorable “Holy Thursday” evening. There is much to be done to help bring about the Kingdom of God.We give thanks for all that has been as God’s Blessings and help in the future! We have much to celebrate! Let us live for others… work for others. The challenge is as urgent today as it was for a hundred and fifty years ago
Our faith is in the Lord and our hope is in the Lord. Good friends in Christ: For your impressive past, I joy with you. On your present so rich in promise, I compliment you. For the future God holds in store for you, I pray that your oneness with one another will be a striking proof to Danielson that this church is not lifeless stone but alive with love…God’s love and your love.
Fraternally in Christ and Our Lady of La Salette and St. James.
Rev. John J. O’Neill, M.S