As you can read inside this weeks newsletter, Pope Francis, in speaking to families who came on pilgrimage to Rome in October, said that three words are essential if any family is going to get on together: ‘Please’, ‘Thank You’ and ‘Sorry’. In English, of course, ‘Thank You’ is two words, but we know what he means!
Christmas is a great time for saying ‘Thank You’ and I want to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to the hundreds of people who contribute to the life of this parish family in so many different ways. Many thousands of small and large acts of faithful service and generous giving of time, energy and talents are needed to ensure that our buildings are open, clean and warm when we need them and that all the services we offer – liturgical, social and personal – continue to be made available to everyone who comes. No-one – not even me – knows the whole list of people who help to keep the family of the parish alive and well, but at Christmas we can take the time to give thanks to God and to each other for the part that each one plays.
I also want to say ‘Thank You’ for the many prayers, greetings, cards and gifts that I have personally received this Christmas: each one adds to the joy and privilege of being called to serve as your parish priest.
May God bless all of us, and all those we love, with joy and peace,
today and throughout the coming year.