Christmas celebrates simple beginnings of the history of our salvation: a young mother giving birth, the stable and the manger. No room in the house, no lodgings for her, for her husband or for her child; a quiet, lonely salvation moment of universal importance. Herod in his winter palace and Caesar Augustus in Rome are oblivious of the event. There is no security, no PR, no barrier between this baby and the messy reality of human life; not then, not now. A message for the whole human race, a message of Christmas joy is announced to poor and despised shepherds, utterly unimportant people in the eyes of the world. As the angels sing “Glory to God in the highest and peace to people of good will,” the baby Jesus lies on straw. With Mary may we ponder on these things, and bring the Christmas message of hope, light, contentment, peace and joy to our world.
We welcome those who are home for Christmas, enjoy these special days with your loved ones. Those who can’t make it home are in our prayers. The bereaved are in our thoughts and your loved ones are remembered in our Masses. We thank you for your support and wish you a very happy and joy filled Christmas. Peace, health and blessings to you all throughout the year ahead. Fr. Kerry & Fr Billy
Christmas Mass Times:
Christmas Eve: 6pm & 10pm
Christmas Day: 9am, 10am & 12 noon
Stephen’s Day: 10am
Priests Collection The collection taken up on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is for the priests of the Parish. There will be only one collection.
Grace before Dinner on Christmas Day
Loving God, on this Christmas Day we give
thanks that Jesus, your Son, has come into
our world bringing us gifts of peace and joy.
Bless us as we sit together at this table for
our Christmas meal.
Bless the food we share and help us to
remember those who are hungry.
Be with our loved ones away from home.(pause)
Bless and heal those who are sick, those
who are lonely.
We remember our departed loved ones. (pause)
May the joy of this feast give us strength
and light, now and in the days ahead.
We thank you Lord for all your blessings. Amen