Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine, 1900 Grand Ave Carthage, MO. 64836

What Star Do You See In the Christmas Eve Sky?

November 2014

Dear Friend,

Yes, please let me be one of your first friends to wish you a 2014 Merry Christmas.

I do hope your 2014 Christmas season will be the best Christmas season of your entire life.  I pray it will be for you and those you love the most perfect and the most joy-filled Christmas season you have ever experienced.  Let us hope it will indeed be for you and those most dear to you a time of peace and goodwill towards all.

In a few weeks the calendar will again read December 24. On that evening, thousands of little boys and girls will be taking a peak at the evening sky and whispering a wish for something they hope to find under the Christmas tree the next morning. 

To a child, the Christmas eve sky contains all sorts of hopes.  In the Christmas eve sky every dream has a chance to come true.

Our Bible tells us that after the birth of Jesus wise men from the East looked up to evening sky and spotted a new star which they also believed was a sign of hope.  For many days they traveled mile after mile as that star guided them to Bethlehem.  And it was there that they found the object of their hope, Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

What are you seeking this year when you look into the Christmas eve sky?

Are you looking for a better life, a new year blessed with peace and happiness?  Perhaps your prayer is for good health or for a stronger sense of financial security.

This Christmas season, as in Christmas seasons past, our religious community at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine will also be adding our prayers to yours.  We also will be praying for your good health, for your financial security, for your peace of mind, and for all the other most important and urgent needs which are the daily object of your prayers.

Please write on the enclosed form each and every one of those special needs which you would like prayed for this Christmas season at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine.

And as we pray for you and all your needs, please don’t forget to also pray for all your other loved ones, friends and family members who deeply depend on your prayers.

A few weeks back a lady told me she just had no idea what to give her parents for Christmas since they had everything they needed.  I told her that her parents didn’t have everything they needed.  She asked what I meant.  So I then asked her if parents spend a lot of time praying.  She said, “Oh yes, father, my parents are very religious.” 

I pointed out to her that if her parents had everything they needed, they wouldn’t be spending so much time praying.  I suggested to this woman the best gift she could give her parents was the gift of prayer.  I told her to add her prayers to those of her parents, and that her parents would then have the best of all Christmas gifts.  She smiled and said, “Father, perhaps you are right, my parents still have some very real needs.”

And one of the most generous ways to share your prayers with those most dear to you will be to have them remembered and prayed for in the Shrine’s Christmas Masses and the two Christmas season Mass Novenas to follow.  One will be prayed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine in Carthage, Missouri, and the second in Bethlehem.  You can have your loved ones prayed for in these many Masses simply by writing their names on the enclosed prayer petition form.

Also, show your support for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine by sending a generous Christmas donation today.  The Shrine is a spiritual oasis in a troubled world.  It is a place of holiness and a spiritual refuge for the young and old alike.

If your donation is $25 or more, I’ll see that a special Christmas Votive Candle is lit for your intentions at Our Lady’s Shrine.  And, if your gift is $50 or more, I’ll also see that a gift tag, with your name written upon it, is attached to one of the beautiful poinsettia plants which will decorate the Fatima Chapel this Christmas season.

I pray you and your loved ones are well and that each of you will have a very blessed and peace-filled 2014 Christmas holiday season.


In the love and peace of Our Blessed Savior,



Fr. Raymond M. Dien, C.M.C.



P.S.  If your Christmas donation is $25 or more, please ask to receive one of the beautifully hand-painted Navtivies pictured on the enclosed form.    



Đền Thánh Khiết Tâm Mẹ    1900 Grand Ave, Carthage, MO 64836  
(417) 358-8580