During the festive season, there is much to be grateful for and to celebrate. The winding down of the year, the joy of the Christmas period and the excitement of what the new year might bring make this time so special. Last year the Garrett family – my family – had an additional reason to celebrate!
People from throughout the community have spoken with their feet, with large numbers attending both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses at Parishes across the diocese.
“This morning we heard the news that Pope Francis has appointed Fr Gregory Homeming as the sixth Bishop of Lismore, replacing Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett.
I warmly congratulate Fr Gregory on his appointment, and offer him my full support as he transitions into the role and leads the faithful of the Diocese of Lismore into 2017.”
- Bishop Bill Wright
As Bishop Bill is unwell, this year we are pleased to have Vicar General, Fr Brian Mascord share his Christmas message to the people of the diocese, Newcastle, Hunter and Manning regions.
It has become an annual occasion for Bishop Bill to deliver his Christmas message at one of the Catholic schools in the diocese, and this year, St Peter’s Primary School at Stockton played host.
Less than a year from today, thousands of young people will gather for the final Mass of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Sydney from 7 to 9 December 2017.