Christmas at St Peter's Eastwood
A Very Happy Christmas to you all!
The members of the Southend Ordinariate Mission will be attending parishes where Ordinariate Clergy are presiding. Fr. Lee Bennett celebrates a 7:30 pm. Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at St John Fisher and a 9am Christmas Day Mass for those who wish to support our 'home-base!' at St John Fisher Catholic Church.
Fr. Jeff celebrates masses at
St Peter's, Eastwood SS9 4BX
6pm. Vigil Mass with our young families
12 Midnight Solemn Mass of the Nativity of the Lord
25 December Christmas Day -of Obligation
8:30 am. Mass of the Dawn
10:15am. Mass of the Day
No Evening Mass
11am. Mass of St Stephen- protomartyr
Sunday 27 December- Feast of the Holy Family
Masses 8:30am. 10:15am & 6pm.
I recently read with much interest, the Christmas message from Douglas Crosby, OMI Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops . His timely message reminds us all of the importance of this Holy season…
This Christmas, as a counterpoint to the destructive forces of misery and terror that we have witnessed these past months, we must not forget that goodness abounds! More than not forgetting, let us be ready to point it out when we see it.
Goods things, things of God, happen every day in many communities in our country and around the world. Terrorists may get front page media coverage, but quiet unassuming goodness such as practicing the acts of mercy shows that God’s Goodness abounds!
This Christmas we have begun the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis. Feeding the hungry is one of the seven traditional corporal works of mercy. Many good people feed the hungry every day – often against great odds. When I think of the single unemployed parent worrying about how the three children will be fed that day, I know that my problems are small in comparison.
Christmas is a time to remember that in spite of the horrors of evil, good abounds. This Christmas, let us look for the goodness of others, and allow the good in us to shine – so that God's compassionate mercy might be revealed through simple, everyday kindness. And when we see the good deeds of the other, acknowledge them and affirm them. A simple "thank you" is easy enough, and is actually quite effective.
As we gaze on the Christ Child in the manger, may we see also the merciful face of the Father who sent him, that we too might be a reflection of that mercy to others?
Thank YOU all ...
and a very Happy and Holy Christmas to you, your families and your loved ones!