Stephen Luecke • Mayor of South Bend, IN

The Holiday Season is a time for family and friends. A time to count our blessings and to reach out to others, A time when so many traditions celebrate holy days, a time for reflection and for giving. I am grateful for this community ­ for its generosity, hard work and volunteerism. I am grateful for its diversity, its energy and its optimism.

I believe that our city and our neighborhoods are like beautiful quilts, with many different hues and textures, each piece with its own history, culture and traditions. But when we join together, bonded by our common humanity, by our neighborliness and our sense of civic responsibility, we form bright new patterns, new friendships, and new partnerships. We become family, linked together while forming a better community.

To our wonderful Latino family, my wish is for a “Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo”.