Hope you enjoyed this special time of the year – despite the difficulties in the country and the world at this time.
Fr. Paddy used a reflection at his Christmas Masses, and some people have asked for it to be shared;
A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE INCARNATION
The Incarnation is no mystery, Jesus. You make it easy to understand.
Because you walked our earth, we are to see the face of the Divine in every person we meet:
the friend who betrayed;
the family gathered for a meal;
the mother on welfare;
the man on death row;
the server in the store;
the teenage thug on the corner;
those society tells me are different from me, and my enemy
and trains me to treat that way.
Every time I love, the mystery of the Incarnation happens.
Every time I love, I birth you on earth, Jesus.
I fall on my knees and beg you, Jesus, deepen my living of the Incarnation.
Slightly adapted from ‘Prayers for A New Millennium’, by Mary L .Kownacki
Fr. Paddy also acknowledged all those who helped in the parish throughout the year;
I think of all those who have helped keep our parish going this year; You, our Parishioners; Our Sacristans; The Parish Pastoral Council; The Parish Finance Committee; The Covid-19 Committee; Stewards; Ministers of the Word & Eucharist; our Secretaries; and all those who helped in any way. I am so grateful for your support.
So, on behalf of all, may you and your families experience the many blessings of Christmas and have a joyous and grace-filled new year!