Fr Peter Williams’ Video Christmas Message 2014

22/12/2014

2014 Christmas Message of Very Rev Peter Williams, Diocesan Administrator, Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

As we celebrate Christmas this year, we pause to remember recent events, including the tragic deaths in the heart of Sydney, which have struck a chord with all of us who live in this city. We are deeply saddened and shocked.

As we recall the Birth of the Prince of Peace, let us pray for peace in our city.

In my reflection on the meaning of Christmas in this time of turbulence, here are three things I think we can do:

Firstly, Christmas can and should be a time that focuses on an acknowledgement that we really do need a Saviour who has come and continues to redeem the world through His love. The Church is called to radiate the love of Christ to the world and draw others into its embrace. Our parishes should do all that  they can to ensure that those who attend at Christmas are made to feel welcome and that they rightly have a place in our parish communities.

Secondly, Christmas is a traditional family-centred occasion. On Christmas Day let us show our families how important they are to us. Our parish communities should make an effort to find people who are alone, widowed or have nowhere to go and reach out to them.

Thirdly, it is also a time when we think about the needs of others.

The St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal is one of many charities that reach out to people in need – let’s try and make a contribution to these agencies.

I pray that you, your families and all who make up the life of the Diocese of Parramatta might find this Christmas a time of renewed hope and joy! Finally, we pray for peace in the world, in particular for those suffering violence in the Holy Land and the Middle East.

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