When you think of a Christmas gift for Christmas, you may think of expensive or not so expensive gifts under the tree waiting to be opened, but for me, my special Christmas gift was to go to Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville on Dec. 9.
I was asked by some of the members of that church to come and worship with them. This was the first time in 17 months that they were allowed to have a Mass in their beautiful church.
That day was one of my off days from work so when I woke up and looked out the window, I thought, "This is my off day and they really don't need me. I'm not even a member of that church." Something kept going through my mind that kept telling me "Please don't miss your blessings."
I thank God that I attended. I never in my life felt so overwhelmed by the looks on the members' faces when I entered that church. They looked so happy and tears of joy were streaming down some of the faces. I saw young people, elderly people, people in wheelchairs, walkers, and different denominations, but most important of all I saw and felt the Lord's presence.
As I sat there, I listened to what the different priests were saying. When the congregation would sing a song, I smiled because I didn't know the words so I tapped my feet. When they said the Lord's Prayer, I knew how to pray. In God's house, you can never feel out of place.
When it was over, I left that beautiful church with a renewed hope that with Pope Francis, who seems to be a holy and humble man, I feel the doors of the church will be opened and the members will be able to attend their weekly Mass the way I feel God intended.
Merry Christmas Immaculate Conception Church.