Christmas Message 2019

 

Dear Friends,

As Christmas is almost upon us, it gives me the opportunity to wish you and your families every blessing for Christmas and the New Year. Christmas is a real feast of the heart; a time when we go once again in wonder to the Crib and recall the greatest miracle of all, God becoming Man for our sake. We will never grow tired of celebrating this central truth of faith.

At Christmas we naturally look back with fondness and love upon those who shared our lives, who have left a vacant place at our Christmas tables which will never, and can never be filled. They remain very much a part of us. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha 

I want to also use this occasion to thank all those most sincerely who take such an active role in the parish and help in too many ways to be mentioned. Please be assured everything you do is seen and deeply appreciated. So many who visit our parish especially for the celebration of the Sacraments mention what a bright and beautiful place this is, and this is matched by the warmth of the welcome that all receive. At Christmas the above is very much in evidence, and we should all be very proud of what we have and of those who made it possible all those years ago, and those who make it a reality today. 

In October this year Pope Francis Canonised John Henry Newman, a Convert to the Catholic Faith, and someone closely connected to our Country and to the development of education in Ireland. I conclude by extending St John Henry Newman’s Christmas Blessing to you and to all: “May each Christmas, as it comes, find us more and more like him who at this time became a little child, for our sake; more simple-minded, more humble, more affectionate, more resigned, more happy, more full of God.”  On behalf of the entire Parish Team, Happy Christmas everyone-

Nollaig shona dhaoibh go leir. 

Fr Michael.