25th December 2013 Christmas Day

                   “Today a Savior has been born to us, He is Christ the Lord”


                                               Christmas Message                                                          In November when my sister and I were in Jerusalem for our brothers funeral we had a morning in Bethlehem, I celebrated Mass near the cave where Jesus was born then we went to the Shepherds’ Field where the Angels came to announce the birth of Jesus.  It all began here the surroundings were so humble. – poverty, happiness, simplicity and love.  Stop for a moment and reflect on it.  God became man; divine become human.   At the root of all that happiness, sharing and enjoyment is that newborn baby in his mother’s arms. “Today in the town of David a saviour  has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”  In our searching for new life and hope after all the recent revelations and cutbacks, may our way forward be full of hope inspired by Jesus, born in poverty in a cave in Bethlehem.

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 you are in our thoughts and your loved ones are remembered in our Masses.   Fr. Billy joins me in thanking you for your support and wishing you a very happy and joy filled Christmas.  Peace, health and blessings to you all throughout  the year ahead.                                   Fr. Kerry

Christmas Mass Times:   Christmas Eve:  6pm  & 10pm                                            Christmas Day:  9am, 10am & 12 noon                                                                   Stephen’s Day: 10am   

You may like to pray this grace with your family around the table 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 down 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

 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.