Pastoral Notes 31st December, 2017

Special thanks from Father Paul, Deacon Keith and Canon John for your very generous gifts and kind wishes for Christmas.
A special thanks for all the wonderful decorations and preparations for the Masses in all our churches. Each community has a quite distinctive character, and a good deal of hard work has gone in to have everything ready in time. The same goes for our choirs and singers and the various musical instruments making their mark, some for the first time. Many thanks. A mention must be made of the children’s Mass, and also of the ‘visiting’ organists, well-known for other occasions, alongside our own musicians. The immediate succession of 4th Advent Sunday and Christmas Eve seems to have passed without too much difficulty. We pray now for a new year with just the one midday Mass on New Year’s Day, for the feast of Mary, the Mother of God.