Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

A Community based on Faith, Altar and the Word
Parish Event Archive: Christmas and Easter Messages
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Each Christmas and Easter, our parish priest writes a special message to the parish reflecting on the two most important times of the Churches year. These messages are published in our seasonal newsletters which can be viewed here. They are also available on our website below. Click on the buttons below to read the messages.
Easter Messages
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Christmas Message 2019
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Season’s Greetings in this 25th year of our church. I am delighted to report that, thanks to your faithfulness and generous donations and the vision and diligence of Ian Clarke, we have a window to commemorate the Silver Anniversary of our church. It was a great joy to welcome Bishop William in November to bless the newly installed window. The commemorative window has a Eucharistic theme and completes the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, which are now celebrated in glass in our church.

The celebration of the Eucharist is centred on Christ who is made present on the altar. Our patron willingly offered up his life in defence of the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist, and the Mass will have been celebrated around the altar at Blessed Robert Grissold church for 25 years this Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, Christ will be made present on the altar, in his Body and Blood, in remembrance of the way he was made present in a stable-cave on that first Christmas Day - revealing the sacrificial love of our God who empties himself to come to us in the humblest of ways - as a baby in Bethlehem, in the Bread and Wine of the altar and in the sacrament of every present moment.

I am grateful to you for your faithfulness in ensuring a witness to Christ’s presence in this community through your regular attendance at Mass, through your daily prayer and through the myriad ways you put your faith into loving action. The generous sacrifices that you make in the service of Our Lord and his Church continue to incarnate Christ in this community. Through the Incarnation, God became man in Jesus and became present to us in a very real and tangible way, and in and through the Mass, Christ becomes incarnate not only in the sacrifice of the altar and through the gathering of the faithful, but also in our lives which witness to Christ in the wider community in very real and tangible ways.

May the light which shines through our new commemorative window remind us of that great Light which came into the world on that first Christmas Day and remind us of how we are called to shine as lights, incarnating Christ, making him present in very real and tangible ways in the world. May God bless you with the light of his love this Christmas.

Fr. Frank Smith.
Parish Priest
Christmas 2019

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