Last week, I shared with you the first part of Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message. In that part of his message he reflected upon our need to build a culture of peace. In the second part of this message he shares some of the reasons for so many refugees, making reference to the endless and horrifying sequence of wars, conflicts, genocides and ethnic cleansings.
Welcome back to the new year as we, once again, begin the normal routine of life – work, school, meetings, sporting commitments, exercise, children and grandchildren before and after school events etc.
The pastoral works of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle take place in our parishes, schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, community aged care programs and with the St Vincent de Paul Society.
I write this last message for the year on Gaudete Sunday – the Sunday of joy, rejoicing and eager expectation. This day will be completed by going to Lochinvar and being part of their traditional Carols in the Cloister. What a joyous way to continue preparing for the celebration of Christmas.