A Christmas Message From Father John

Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherds

Happy Christmas to all our ‘readers’, and every blessing for the New Year.

A new baby is joy made visible, and a bundle of hope. As we welcome the new-born Christ we look forward to 2015 with hope and expectation, built on the blessings and graces we have received and shared in the past year.

We began the year with a new venture, the Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter: Hard work and long nights, but a blessing for us as well as a refuge and ‘step-up’ for our guests.

Lent led 32 children to the celebration of God’s forgiveness in Reconciliation, with many of their parents also (re)discovering this wonderful Sacrament, and also brought one adult to Easter Baptism and Confirmation, and two others to full Communion. And the Easter season was crowned with the 32 children also sharing Communion, and 10 young people being Confirmed in the life of Faith.

Autumn came, and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the church, marked with the repainting of the interior, a joyful celebration with the Archbishop, and a short Parish Mission run by Café.

The year has also been marked by the loss of many Parishioners, old and young, including some of the great workers. We miss them and keep them all in our prayers as we come together to renew our hope and dedication before the crib.

Father John Kelly

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