Christmas Blessings from Bro. Kevin and Bro. Sean

We are quite simply overwhelmed by the kindness of people particularly at this time of year and wish to acknowledge all the hard work involved in the many schools, offices, sporting groups and individuals who have undertaken fundraising events, food/clothing collections which will be a great help in offsetting our costs.  To be honest it is difficult to store all the supplies we have received and the walls are bulging with your goodness. We also acknowledge the many people who donate by post/credit card or on line often anonymously and those who keep supporting us even though their own resources may be limited.  May God and St. Francis reward you all for your kindness. 

As we celebrate this Holy Season, we wish to express our deep gratitude to you and all who help with our work for people in need.  Our prayer for you is that the Child of Bethlehem will fill your heart and home with his peace and joy this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

Bro. Kevin Crowley and Bro. Sean Donohoe

St. Francis and the first crib

St. Francis of Assisi wanted to follow the gospel and retrace the footsteps of Jesus in all things. In the year 1223, he decided to celebrate Christmas with the people of Greccio, He gathered his friends together and asked them to “make ready the things I tell you - for I wish to enact the memory of the Babe of Bethlehem and see with my own eyes the discomfort of his infant needs - how he lay in a manger, and how, with an ox and ass standing by - he rested on hay”.

When the special night arrived, the men, women and children from the village came with joy in their hearts.  They carried torches that lit up the night sky and when St. Francis arrived at the cave in the hillside, everything was ready.  The Manger was prepared, the hay brought in and an ox and ass were led inside near the manger. 

During the Mass which followed, a child was placed in the manger.  Then the brothers and people from the village sang and praised God as they celebrated the birthday of the infant Jesus and the night sky was lit up like day.  On that Christmas night in 1223 in the village of Greccio, through the inspiration of St. Francis of Assisi, a new Bethlehem was formed where simplicity is honoured and poverty exalted. (Thomas of Celano)

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