Bishop Fintan’s Christmas Pastoral Message

Christmas 2020: A Message of Hope

This year more than ever we need to celebrate the feast of ‘God with us’ — Emmanuel. He chose to come among us and to bring to us and the world a message of hope. He came that we may have life “and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10). Christ is our hope!

A Different Christmas

We have many reminders that this year’s Christmas is going to be different. We will be marking it in a new world, a changed society, a fragile community and in homes that are not the same.

Since the pandemic began people have made extraordinary sacrifces to support and help one another. Many people’s plans have had to go back to the drawing board. Some people’s lives have been irreversibly altered by the loss of a loved one and by the circumstances of their death and funeral.

We have also found ourselves re ecting more and refocussing our priorities.
We are more aware of our vulnerability. ese months have challenged us to focus on what is really important.

Preparing for Christmas 2020

As we continue to live through this pandemic, how can we prepare ourselves for Christmas 2020?

The rest of Bishop Fintan’s Christmas message can be read by following the link here – https://www.carrigalineparish.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-Christmas-Message.pdf