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Celebrating the Nativity (Birth of Our Lord) is a joyous occasion for all Christians across the world. We are called to "come let us adore Him", He who was born into very humble surroundings.
For many generations people believed that God would come to our world. When He came, only a few recognised Jesus because He was born in a stable.
The crib in our church will be visited by very many parishioners who will pray to Jesus to keep us safe in His arms. It's the same Jesus we receive in our Holy Communion at Mass. Family members who have been abroad try to get home for Christmas, such is the joy the season brings to us.
Maybe some members of your family have not prayed with us in our church for a long time. Please invite all members of your family to join us at one of our Christmas liturgies.
My thanks to the many parishioners who give of their time to support the many aspects of parish life. A year or so ago our Parish Council met with members of 39 groups in the parish. It is a joy to be part of Ballinteer Faith Community.
To those who lost a family member during the year, this Christmas will be sad. Please be assured of the prayers of all parishioners for you and the family.
I wish everyone in the parish a joyful and holy Christmas as I look forward to you joining us for the season’s Masses.
Fr. Liam Belton
Céad Míle Fáilte
Stained glass windows in Ballinteer Church - Artist Patrick Pollen
"I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father.
You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear my fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.
My command to you is to love one another."
Gospel of St. John the Evangelist Ch 15 Vs 15-17
Inspired by these words in the Gospel of St. John the Evangelist, Patron Saint of our Parish in Ballinteer, we strive to follow Jesus by:
Building a community which gives expression to our faith in Jesus where each person feels welcomed, accepted and valued in their own right.
Promoting a greater sense of togetherness and participation as we gather in our Church.
Spreading this togetherness in church out into our Parish
Community in a way that is inclusive and all-embracing.