A Christmas Message from MSC Mission Office
I want firstly to assure you of our prayers as we prepare for the Celebration of the Feast of Christmas.
Christmas is the time when we recall with gratitude the incarnation of God coming into our fragile world.
We remember that the Christ child was born in a manger surrounded by farm animals, and shepherds.
Perhaps we don’t like to think too much about the poverty associated with his birth, or the violence caused by King Herod killing so many children.
The unbridled consumerism that characterizes the Christmas season is an affront to most of us.
Often the Christmas Crib is replaced by Christmas shops.
The impulse to buy during this time of year is not only contagious, but has become almost a necessity.
Please God we can find time to pause and ask the meaning and purpose of the child we celebrate as Emmanuel, God with us.
Can we keep “Open our Eyes” this Christmas and find Christ in the poverty that surrounds us.
Through the year your support has helped:
* Clean Water projects in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.
* Disadvantaged Youth in Cameroon, Congo, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, and Timor Leste.
* HIV-AIDS and Health projects in Congo, Fiji, India, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and South Africa.
Over the Christmas period I will offering a triduum of Masses for our generous benefactors.
Some of you may be looking for a project to support over the SEASON OF GIVING and we would welcome your support.
The true spirit of Christmas has found a home in your hearts, and your concern for the poor will be richly rewarded.
Fr. Adrian F. Meaney MSC
Please visit our web site at http://www.mscmission.org.au