As Restrictions Lie Ahead This Christmas, Let’s Remember Difficulties of the 1st Christmas Faced by Mary & Joseph
Zenit newsletter 16/12/2020 by Deborah Castellano Lubov
Even if restrictions and hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic await us this year, let us think of Mary and Joseph that first Christmas. Despite all their
difficulties and reasons to worry, they were sustained by faith, hope and love.
We too are called to do the same.
This was at the heart of Pope Francis greetings to Italian-speaking pilgrims at the end of today’s Dec. 16 General Audience.
He made these observations as Italy is expected to announce today or in the days to come more stringent Christmas measures, expected to include more
closures and blocking travel.
While “this year restrictions and hardships await us,” Pope Francis said, “let us think of the Christmas of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Joseph: There were
no roses and flowers! How many difficulties they had! How many worries!”
“Yet,” the Holy Father reminded, “faith, hope and love guided and sustained them.”
“May it be so for us too!
Pope Francis concluded, praying: “May these difficulties help us purify Christmas, making it more pure, authentic and true, with less consumerism.”
Due to the 11pm curfew announced by the President on Monday night, the Nativity of the Lord evening service has been changed to Carol singing from 8h00pm followed by Mass at 8h30pm
Owing to the restriction of 100 people indoors, the Priestly Ordination of Deacon Fusi on Saturday 19 December the only people that will attend the ordination are the bishops, priests, seminarians, his family and relatives.
Come make a child's Christmas day a little more special!
We are collecting children’s toys and clothes so that we can give children in our community a warm and happy Christmas. There will be a tree in the foyer of the church this weekend. Take a tag, write an inspirational Christmas message for a child and then hang it on the tree. Leave your gift under the tree and we will wrap and distribute them.
Things need not be brand new but need to be of good quality if second hand.