Bishop Bill Delivers Christmas Message at St Patrick's Primary School, Swansea

Bishop Bill Wright delivered his annual Christmas message to students, staff and parishioners at St Patrick’s Primary School in Swansea this morning.

The school, justifiably proud of its idyllic setting on Black Neds Bay, brought Bishop Bill and Director of Schools, Ray Collins by boat to the back of the school, where staff and students were gathered. As they arrived Bishop Bill and Mr Collins were greeted by the sounds of ukuleles and students’ voices singing ‘Jesus Lead Me To Your Healing Waters’.  

School Principal, Peter Green, welcomed everyone gathered and revealed his hope that those present, and all those who read Bishop Bill’s message in the coming days, will take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

“Bishop Bill’s message is not just for the people of Swansea, but for everyone in our region. I hope that Bishop Bill’s arrival on board the little boat inspires the students to listen to his Christmas message with open hearts, just as Jesus’ disciples listened to him many times on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. I hope that as we reflect on the words of our bishop we can sit quietly for a few moments and reflect on God’s greatest gift to all of us – a small child, His son Jesus,” said Mr Green.

Bishop Bill interacted with the students and enjoyed their take on the story of Jesus’ birth, including kindergartener Andrew Constanzi, who proudly proclaimed that Jesus was born in a barn and was a gift to Mary and Joseph.

Bishop Bill reflected on the troubled world we live in, but also the hope that the Christ child always brings. 

“Our world has a lot of troubles – the warming climate, wars, poverty and millions of people looking for a safe place to live. We have to remember that these are the people God sent his only son for. We are one big human family. How we care for our planet and each other is what we need to remember this Christmas,” Bishop Bill said.

Bishop Bill also launched the Year in Review 2015, a document available on the diocesan websites that covers many of the events, people and ministries that made a positive impact in our community this year. 

The school provided a lovely morning tea before Bishop Bill and Mr Collins embarked on their return boat journey and were waved goodbye by the students who sang, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.

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Joanne is a Communications Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and a regular columnist for Aurora Magazine.