“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favours!” (Luke 2:13-14)
As we celebrate the birth day of the Babe of Bethlehem, I wish you “A peaceful, joyous and grace -filled Christmas and a hopeful, prosperous, and promising New Year-2017. I pen to express my greetings to you and your families. I think not only of those who live within our parish but also your family members, dear and near ones, at this special season of the year.
Christmas reminds us that our God is not a distant God but A God who is with us,-“Emmanuel.” May the Emanuel God find place in our hearts and homes. During this season, we Christians, remember and celebrate that sacred moment in human history when God entered in our world, becoming part of every one of us and the whole human race. Christmas brings us back to the source of our life and existence. God has come into the world, with His love, peace and hope that makes us joyful and rejoicing. His light has shone in our darkness and no darkness can overpower this light.
As a priest for many years, in this parish, of our lady of the Rosary, I feel great and so uplifted by the huge number of parishioners who minister, in many ways, alongside us the priests, with dedication and enthusiasm. In truth you are the heart of the parish. Working together we aim to have a parish that is ‘inclusive’ where everyone is and feels welcome. This always gives a feeling of a “One Family” which Christ wants to create in us. On this special season, I wish to leave a note of gratitude for your support and generosity.
I pray that the presence of the Christ-Child will grace your home during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year. God bless you.
Yours in the Lord
Fr. Selvaraj Arockiam OFM, Cap.