PENTECOST May 23, 2021

 

BISHOP FINTAN GAVIN

We are delighted to welcome Bishop Fintan to Turner’s Cross to celebrate our Sunday Masses this weekend. This is his first Pastoral Visit to our Parish since he was ordained Bishop of Cork & Ross and is part of a series of visits to parishes interrupted by the coronavirus epidemic.

 

 

PENTECOST

The Jewish feast of Pentecost celebrated the covenant at Mount Sinai, when the law had been inscribed on tablets of stone. Jesus’ new law of love is inscribed on tablets of flesh, on human hearts.  The fearful disciples experienced a sudden change, they go out, speaking boldly about the marvels of God.   They have new courage, new insight and they declare that Jesus is risen, he is Lord.   They speak with the courage and freshness of the Holy Spirit.   We too in our time can be fearful, not wishing to speak of our faith, but the Holy Spirit can lift us up and Jesus tells us do not be afraid.   Some people in Jerusalem would have preferred the apostles to stay quiet, to stay closed away at home and not to disturb.   Today, many people want Christians to stay quiet, but the risen Lord sends us out in the power and joy of what happened on that Pentecost in Jerusalem.

 

When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive divine authority to spread the message of Jesus, not by powerful systems but by the spirit of God “not by might, not by power but by my spirit, says the Lord (Zachariah 4:6).   We must ask ourselves, are we open or are we fearful, are we prepared to go a new path or do we want to stay in safe temporal structures which have become rigid and are not open.  A fundamental element of Pentecost is surprise.   No one expected anything much of the disciples, perhaps not even themselves, but suddenly an event occurs which inspires wonder.   In our time we are called to be a church which surprises people with a new message of resurrection, a new language of love.  Pope Francis comments that without the capacity to surprise the church is weak, sick and dying.  

 

We have the same mission as our Master “as the Father said to me, so am I sending you.”  There are problems in the world to which we are sent, problems in our church and in ourselves, we experience disillusionment, shamed by scandals, upset by division, by falling Mass attendance and all the problems and disappointments of our time. The Spirit gives us hope that it will be better, that the church can be new and vibrant as on that first Pentecost morning, the morning of the birthday of the Church.   When God reveals himself there is a newness and a freshness as he asks for our trust, and the Spirit gives us courage. 

 

So we pray today that we will be renewed by the Holy Spirit, that we will experience new heart, new courage, that we will experience the fullness of God’s peace and joy, with lives focused on God and on the sisters and brothers around us for whom Christ died.  We pray that the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, will renew the face of the earth and renew the face of the church.

 

Dues & Donations

Many thanks for your generous Easter dues and donations for the upkeep of the Church, they are all greatly appreciated.

 

Church Cameras

Our Church is monitored by CCTV, which is on and recording at all hours. Our live-stream webcam is always on and Masses are normally recorded and can be viewed online within 90 days following the ceremony

 

COMPETITION

To mark Laudato Si’ week (May 16th – 24th) Nano Nagle Birthplace is launching a short story/essay/poetry/song competition. 

The closing date is 30th June 2021. Details at www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie.

 

Reopening of our Church for Public Worship

Stewards

We are deeply grateful to volunteer stewards and those who sanitised and maintained the church to a very high standard over the last year.   As public worship resumes, we are again indebted to these volunteers and need their continued help to keep our church open.

Safety in the church

For weekend Mass the church is separated into two sections, each having its own entrance and exit routes based on a one-way system, with directional arrows marked on the floor. A minimum distance of 4 metres is maintained between the sections, and each section may contain up to 50 people, subject to a 2-metre social distance requirement.  There should be no movement of people between sections before, during or after Mass. Special arrangements are in place for Holy Communion, with separate distribution points in each section.

Personal Safety

Covid-19 Public Health safety rules must be observed in the Church, wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, sanitising hands on entering and exiting the Church and not congregating outside the church.

Weddings and Funerals

Not more than fifty people can attend Weddings and Funerals in a church, irrespective of the size of the church. Funeral services will continue to be live streamed to help reduce numbers attending.

Confessions

Confession will be heard by prior arrangement, either in the Parish Centre, or in the church, taking account of all relevant health measures.

Singing

Congregational singing and choir singing are not permitted at present.  Solo singing with accompanist is permitted subject to HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Religious Services.

 

Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis has declared a year dedicated to St Joseph, from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021. He says:

 “Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”

(Patris Corde – With a Father’s Love)

Prayers to St Joseph after 10.00 am Mass on Fridays until 8th December.

 

Deaths: We pray for Marie Sheehan (nee Downey), South Douglas Road who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

National Synod

The Bishops invited submissions on what methods to adopt in the initial consultation period. Our thanks to those who met on zoom and prepared submissions, which have been sent to the Bishops’ Conference.

Dues & Donations

Many thanks for your generous Easter dues and donations for the upkeep of the Church, they are all greatly appreciated.

Church Cameras

Our Church is monitored by CCTV, which is on and recording at all hours. Our live-stream webcam is always on and Masses are normally recorded and can be viewed online within 90 days following the ceremony

COMPETITION

To mark Laudato Si’ week (May 16th – 24th) Nano Nagle Birthplace is launching a short story/essay/poetry/song competition.The closing date is 30th June 2021. Details at www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie.

 

WELCOME BACK

 We welcome the resumption of public Masses at the normal times of 10.00 am on weekdays, 6.00 pm (Vigil) on Saturdays and 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sundays.

 

Our parish community is deeply grateful to volunteer stewards and those who sanitised and maintained churches to a very high standard over the last year.   As public worship resumes, we are again be indebted to these volunteers and need their help so that we able to keep our church open. As outside temperatures increase it will be possible to have much better ventilation in the church, now understood to be very important in stopping spread of the virus.

Safety in the church

For weekend Mass the church is separated into two sections, each having its own entrance and exit routes based on a one-way system, with a minimum of 4 metres between the sections.  Each section is permitted to contain up to 50 people, subject to a 2-metre social distance requirement.  There should be no movement of people between sections before, during or after Mass. Stewards will be present and special arrangements will be in place for Holy Communion, with separate distribution points in each section.

Covid-19 Public Health safety rules must be observed in the Church, wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, sanitising hands on entering and exiting the Church and not congregating outside the church.

There is a one-way system in the church, walking only in the direction indicated by the floor arrows.

 

Weddings and Funerals

Not more than fifty people can attend Weddings and Funerals in a church, irrespective of the size of the church. Funeral services will continue to be live streamed to help reduce numbers attending.

 Confessions

Confession will be heard by prior arrangement, either in the Parish Centre, or in the church, taking account of all relevant health measures.

 

First Confession

Girls and boys of second class, Bun Scoil Chríost Rí, will receive the Sacrament of First Confession on May 20th.   

 

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

It is not possible to make arrangements for the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation at this time, and in order to avoid disappointment, no dates can be proposed, not even provisionally.

 

Singing

Congregational singing and choir singing are not permitted at present.  Solo singing with accompanist is permitted subject to HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Religious Services.

Outdoor Worship is not allowed, at present, in conformity with Government restrictions on organised outdoor gatherings.

Use of the Churches for any other purpose, whether parish or community meetings or activities, may not take place at present, in conformity with Government restrictions on organised indoor gatherings.

EASTER VIGIL AND EASTER SUNDAY

HOLY SATURDAY 3rd April

No ceremonies in Parish Churches today.  Bishop Fintan will be the principal celebrant at the single Diocesan Easter Vigil, live-streamed from the Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne at 9.00 pm.

Invitation from Bishop to the Easter Vigil: https://youtu.be/egGNb1Gbh_4

The link for the Live Streamed Diocesan Easter Vigil at the Cathedral at 9.00 pm is: https://youtu.be/12SFG4tjwXI, or log onto the Cathedral Website or the Cathedral Facebook page.

 

EASTER SUNDAY 4th April 

Live-streamed Parish Masses from our Church of Christ the King at 10.00 am & 12 Noon.

 

Happy Easter

From the Parish Assembly, our Parish Volunteer Team and the Priests of the Parish – “A Happy Easter to one and all.” Our prayer for you is that the Joy and Peace of the Risen Christ be with you this Easter.

Our sincere thanks to all who helped with the Holy Week Ceremonies in this most difficult year, our organist and Cantor, Ministers of the Word, those who helped behind the scenes in so many ways and those who clean and care for the Church. 

Thanks are also due to all who have so generously contributed to the running of the the Parish and to the support of the Priests during the extended lock-down.

 

 

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS FROM THE CATHEDRAL

CHRISM MASS FROM THE CATHEDRAL

There is no morning Mass in the Parish Church on Holy Thursday, instead we are invited to joint Bishop Fintan for the Live Streamed Chrism Mass from the Cathedral at 10.00 am.

The link to a short personal video invitation from Bishop Fintan to the Chrism Mass is as follows:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI5iJdZWBsE

The  Chrism Mass will be streamed from the Cathedral; log onto the Cathedral Website or the Cathedral Facebook page, or use the following link:

10am Chrism Mass – Bishop Fintan

HOLY WEEK 2021

 

HOLY WEEK 2021

PALM SUNDAY 27th – 28th March

Live Streamed Parish Masses at 6.00 pm Saturday (Vigil), 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday.

 

MONDAY and TUESDAY  29th and       30th March  

Live Streamed Parish Mass at 10.00 am.

 

WEDNESDAY 31st March

Live Streamed Mass at 10.00 am, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until 11.00 am.

Stations of the Cross at 6.00 pm, concluding our series of simple Stations for Wednesdays of Lent.

 

HOLY THURSDAY 1st April

No morning Mass in Parish Church.

Live Streamed Chrism Mass from the Cathedral at 10.00 am, the link is:  https://youtu.be/igHFxWusfJ0

Live streamed Parish Mass of the Lord’s Supper        at 6.00 pm.

Quiet prayer and reflection for Holy Thursday evening 8.30 to 9.00 pm.

 

GOOD FRIDAY 2nd April

No Masses today

Live Streamed Morning Prayer of the Church      (Office of Lauds) at 10.00 am.

Live Streamed Stations of the Cross at 12.00 noon.

Live Streamed Good Friday Liturgy at 3.00 pm:

Celebration of the Passion of Our Lord, Intercessions, Veneration of the Holy Cross and Holy Communion.

Live Streamed Stations of the Cross at 6.00 pm.

Live Streamed Candlelit Prayer around the Cross       at 8.00 pm.

 

HOLY SATURDAY 3rd April

Live Streamed Easter Vigil from the Cathedral at    9.00 pm, the link is: https://youtu.be/12SFG4tjwXI

 

EASTER SUNDAY 4th April          

Live Streamed Parish Masses at 10.00 am & 12 Noon.

 

Note:    all Ceremonies will be Live Streamed from the Parish Church EXCEPT the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass and the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil which will be streamed from the Cathedral; log onto the Cathedral Website or the Cathedral Facebook page, or use the links given above.

Sunday 14th March, 2021

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Laetare Sunday

REDEMPTION

The fourth Sunday of Lent, “Laetare Sunday,” marks the half way point in our Lenten journey and we begin to look forward to Holy Week and Easter, to the mystery of our redemption.  Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night in case anybody would see him.   He came in darkness, and we may think of the darkness of our own time, hostility to the gospel of life, the Covid-19 pandemic and all the other problems of the world.  In the darkness we hear Jesus saying, “I am the light of the world.”

God loves the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that through him the world might be saved. He calls us to holiness and indeed to happiness and inner peace, a call to live through love in his presence.

 

St. Patrick’s Day

Live-streamed Vigil Mass on Tuesday at 6.00 pm.  Masses on Wednesday at 10.00 am & 12.00 noon.   No evening Mass on St Patrick’s Day, but Lent Wednesday Stations of the Cross at the usual time of 6.00 pm.

Bishop Fintan comments that many people who live and work abroad have been unable to return home to visit families for almost a year.  St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day to reach out and connect to our diaspora.  Our live streamed celebrations of Mass for St Patrick’s Day will include those who are away from home. Please feel free to send us names of family members living abroad, via e-mail. 

 

TRÓCAIRE

Join the fight for justice this Lent

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes for Lent are available at the back of the Church.

By supporting Trócaire at Lent, we help ensure that families in developing countries can earn an income and have enough to eat, we help communities rebuild their lives after disasters and conflict, and we defend the rights of people under threat.

Download resources for school, parish and home from the Trocaire website.

 

St Joseph

             March 19th, Solemnity of St Joseph              Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph to mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, from 8th December 2020, to 8th December 2021.  Saint Joseph appeared, together with Our Lady, Saint John the Evangelist, and the Lamb of God in the Apparition at Knock in 1879.  On Friday next on the Feast of St Joseph the Holy Father will formally designate Knock as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine in a homily which will be transmitted via video link to Mass in the Shrine Chapel at Knock. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Michael Neary and concelebrated by Father Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of Knock Shrine.

Our thanks to Mons. Aidan O’Driscoll and Clonakilty Parish who have arranged Prayer Resources which will be available in our church and on our Website for the Feast of St. Joseph in this special year.

Our thanks to Mons. Aidan O’Driscoll and Clonakilty Parish who have arranged Prayer Resources which will be available in our church and on our Website for the Feast of St. Joseph in this special year.

 

Mothers’ Day

In spite of the Corona Virus, this Sunday is still Mother’s Day, and we wish all mothers a happy Day.  Prayers are offered for all our mothers, living and deceased, at all Masses this weekend.

A Mothers’ Day Prayer 

We thank you, Creator of us all, for our mothers. 

We thank you that they gave us life and nurtured us all those years.

They gave us our faith, helping us to know you and to know Jesus and his ways.

They taught us how to love and how to sacrifice for others.  

Bless them with the graces they need and which you want to give them today.

Help them to know that they are precious in your eyes and that we love them.

Give them strength and courage, compassion and peace.

Bless them this day and every day with your love.

Amen.

 

Deaths:  We pray for Arthur Ward, Mercier Park who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

 

Morning and Evening Prayer

Lauds and Vespers on Fridays of Lent after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses.

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings in Lent after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am. 

 

Pope Francis: Saturday of this weekend is the eighth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. We pray for his ministry to the Universal Church and to all humanity.

 

Financial Support

Sincere thanks to all who have contributed so generously following our recent appeal.  A “Donate Button” for church collections and dues is now live on the parish website.

VOCATIONS

 

Notice: ON-LINE ALPHA COURSE

On-line Alpha Course Launching Soon

Turner’s Cross Parish is offering an on-line Alpha Course beginning on 2nd March, 2021. We invite you to try Alpha with us on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm, concluding on Tuesday 11th May.

This will be our seventh Alpha Course in Turners Cross since 2013, and our second on-line Course. The earlier courses were held in the Parish Centre at Christ the King Church, and participants were universally positive about it. Because of the Covid-16 restrictions we are offering this course on an on-line basis, with weekly sessions using the Zoom Conference format.

Alpha creates a space for a conversation about faith, life, and God. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Sessions cover topics such as Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How does God guide us? Why and How do I pray? We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.

At each session after a short introduction we watch a video on one of the Alpha topics and then break into smaller groups to discuss the video and questions arising from it.

Alpha is for everyone, no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. Come along and see what you think.

No pressure, no follow up, no charge.

“Friendships are made at Alpha”

You will need an email address and access to a desktop or laptop computer, or to an iPad or other tablet. It is necessary to register in advance, so a link can be sent to your email address on the evening of each session half an hour before the start time, just click on the link about ten minutes before the start to join the Zoom conference.

To register please contact Fr. Billy at 086 8235291 or Brother Andrew Hickey at 086 1522160 or email andrewhickey@presentationbrothers.org.

ALPHA ACCOMPLISHES AN INCREDIBLE TASK, IN MAKING PEOPLE INTERESTED IN FAITH AND IN MAKING FAITH RELEVANT TO MODERN PEOPLE –

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap, preacher to the Papal Household

CHRISTMAS 2020

Today a saviour has been born to us    He is Christ the Lord

 Christmas 

We are a redeemed people, and the work of our redemption began with the birth of a baby in Bethlehem.  Simple beginnings, no one noticed Joseph and the young expectant mother who had travelled a long journey from Nazareth.  No one noticed them and there was no room for them.  At a salvation moment of universal importance, the mother gave birth in a stable and laid her baby in a manger, a feeding trough.  They were alone and lonely in the town of David as the son of David was born, no PR, no Security, no barriers between this baby and the messy realities of the life of the poor. 

Then, in the darkness of that holy night, the glory of God shone around a group of lowly, despised shepherds, men not allowed even to enter a synagogue, and God’s message was entrusted to them: today a saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord

For us too a light shines at Christmas, in the dark moments of our lives, and the people who walk in darkness have indeed seen a great light.  May we take notice of that light and learn to experience the joy of the message of the angels and the joy of the Gospel of Christ.  May we hear the angels sing: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to those of good will. 

 

Happy Christmas

We wish you all a Happy Christmas.  We pray for those who can’t make it home this year and for their families.  We remember those who have been bereaved, and all who have been impacted by the epidemic. Your loved ones are remembered in our Masses.

Thanks to everybody for all your support and generosity, we wish you peace, health and blessings throughout the year ahead.

Fr Kerry & Fr Billy

 

Covid-19 Restrictions

Our Christmas Masses will be the last public Masses until the new restrictions are lifted.  Mass will continue to be live streamed at the normal times, and we look forward to meeting you again when public Mass is permitted once more.

 

CHRISTMAS MASSES

From the Bulletin for Sunday 20th December, 2020

CHRISTMAS MASSES

All our Christmas Masses will be live-streamed.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions it will not be possible to accommodate the usual numbers in the church. Seats must be reserved and Tickets will be necessary for admission to all Christmas Masses.  Applications for tickets must specify the number of seats requested and the names of those attending (including children).  Please indicate a preferred Mass time and also a second preference. 

Some Masses are already close to being fully booked. Applications for remaining tickets should be made in writing to the Parish Priest as soon as possible. We ask for your understanding and support. 

Mass times are as follows:

Christmas Eve:  10.00 am, 3.00, 5.00,

7.00 and 10.00 pm

Christmas Day:  8.00 am, 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

 

Tickets

Pre-booked Christmas Mass Tickets will be available for collection from the Church Porch Office from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday next. (Note seats may not be booked at these times.)

 

DUTY TO GO TO MASS

Catholics are dispensed from attending Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Those over 70 years and those with underlying health conditions should remain at home where appropriate. Anyone who has symptoms of any sickness (even mild symptoms) should not attend the public celebration of Mass

 

Confessions 

Available after all Masses this week, up to the 10.00 am Mass on Christmas Eve.

Sunday 20th December 2020, Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

A CHRISTMAS PRESENT JESUS  GIVES US

The Liturgy for the Fourth and last Sunday of Advent wants to prepare us for Christmas by meditating on the Angel’s Annunciation to Mary. In the familiar story in our gospel reading the Archangel Gabriel reveals to the Virgin the Lord’s will that she become the mother of his Only-Begotten Son: “you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Lk 1:31-2).

Responding to the Angel, Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (v. 38). In her answer, filled with faith, Mary does not know what lies before her, what pains she must suffer, what risks she must face. But she does know that it is God who asks her, and she entrusts herself totally to Him; she abandons herself to his love. May we have something of the faith of Mary as we prepare to meet Jesus at Christmas.

Jesus came to proclaim the Kingdom of God, that we might have life, and have it to the full. We ask God for that Kingdom life, as we prepare a way for the Lord in the wilderness of our hearts.  God teaches us and guides us in the Scriptures that we hear at Mass and in our personal reading of Sacred Scripture.  The psalmist says:   Lord your word is a lamp for my steps, a light for my path.”  That light will help us to find the treasure of the Kingdom of God.  When we find or rediscover that treasure there is a new reality as we begin to live out our Christian values, to reach out to others, to live life to the full.

We pray for the courage to think and to reflect; for the courage to live an interior life with God, which will transform our relationship with others.  We ask for the Christmas present that Jesus came to give us, we pray for life.  

 

CHRISTMAS MASSES

All our Christmas Masses will be live-streamed.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions it will not be possible to accommodate the usual numbers in the church. Seats must be reserved and Tickets will be necessary for admission to all Christmas Masses.  Applications for tickets must specify the number of seats requested and the names of those attending (including children).  Please indicate a preferred Mass time and also a second preference. 

Some Masses are already close to being fully booked. Applications for remaining tickets should be made in writing to the Parish Priest as soon as possible. We ask for your understanding and support. 

Mass times are as follows:

Christmas Eve:  10.00 am, 3.00, 5.00,

7.00 and 10.00 pm

Christmas Day:  8.00 am, 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

 

Tickets

Pre-booked Christmas Mass Tickets will be available for collection from the Church Porch Office from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday next. (Note seats may not be booked at these times.)

 

DUTY TO GO TO MASS

Catholics are dispensed from attending Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Those over 70 years and those with underlying health conditions should remain at home where appropriate. Anyone who has symptoms of any sickness (even mild symptoms) should not attend the public celebration of Mass

 

Confessions 

Available after all Masses this week, up to the 10.00 am Mass on Christmas Eve.

 

Bishop’s Pastoral Message 

Bishop Fintan’s Christmas Pastoral Message to the Diocese is available on the diocesan website and copies are available at the back of the church. 

This is a message of hope and encouragement as we all continue to navigate challenging times during this Christmas season.

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on Wednesday next 23rd December.

 

Deaths: We pray for Dudley O’Driscoll, Friars Walk, and Donal Kelleher, South Douglas Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

 

Live-streamed Advent Devotions

At 7.30 pm on Wednesday evening 23rd December.  Rosary, gospel reading and homily concluding with Benediction at 8.15 pm.

 

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards

Available in the Parish Office after all Masses this weekend. The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23rd, 24th and  25th  December.

 

Walk with Me

Prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2020. This excellent booklet is available at the back of the Church (Cost €1.30).

 

Altar Decoration: Red Poinsettia plants would be much appreciated.

 

SVP Fundraiser Performer-Composer Emily Magner Hurley online Christmas concert on Sunday 20th December.  Donate €5 at https://www.svp.ie/emhforsvp to receive a link to the concert.

 

REFLECTION

From Donal Neary SJ.

We are Christmas

A house or an apartment – where we live – is really important.  David is really proud of what he has built and now wonders what to do with God or for God.  David wanted a big house for God but that was not the way it would be.  The house would be the body of Mary and the house would be all of us.

Christmas highlights the belief that God is in all of us.  We can ignore that, or we can help God be found in all of us.  God is often deeply hidden, and God is active through each of us for each other.

Married people are sacraments of God to each other, in their love, attention, self-giving love, in giving life and caring for their children.  One big picture for me of the love of God is parents worrying over the cot of a sick child.  Friends bring God to each other, caring for each other at bad times, as well as sharing the love of good times.  Wherever we give of ourselves to another, then we are God to each other.  The house of God  is being built. 

When we care for the really needy we bring God in a special way to people who really need the ordinary necessities of life, at home or far from home. This can be in our care for them at this time of pandemic, for our celebrating Christmas in a safe way. It can be in the phone call, Skype, Zoom etc or a text to those away from home.

Every bit of Christmas celebration is a reminder of God coming among us.  Christmas keeps the story of God alive in our neighbourhood and country. Because   God is in each of us, then Christmas can happen.

No love that in a family dwells, no carolling in frosty air,                    Nor all the steeple-shaking bells can with this single Truth compare That God was Man in Palestine and lives to-day in Bread and Wine

…. G K Chesterton.