Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In wishing you all a Happy and Holy Christmas, I also express gratitude to those parishioners who share generosity of their time and talents for the running of our community of communities. It is a privilege to serve as your priest, at the same time, I am acutely aware of my own weaknesses and ask forgiveness when I have hurt anyone.
It has been a memorable year, the highlight being the weekend to celebrate the 180 years since the establishment of the Yass Mission. We have concluded the year with a successful survey in preparation for the Plenary Council 2020. There have been countless events, only possible because of the hard work and commitment of many extraordinary people.
The Church has been described as the ‘barque of Peter’, and we are in turbulent waters. Only those with faith and a personal commitment and relationship with Jesus remain on board. Too many people fail to derive the benefits from the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, and increase their sorrows (PS15). There is an urgent need to remove the barnacles from the barque to ensure smoother sailing in the future.
Blessings on everyone who come to contemplate the mysterious love of our God who enters our world as a helpless baby. This is the one who saves us and desires to share our lives eternally.