CHRISTMAS Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ at The Entrance
"On behalf of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish I wish you the blessings of the Christ child at this time when we celebrate His birth" Fr Bill
Christmas Season Timetable
Christmas Eve 24 December
5:00pm Children's Nativity Mass
7:00pm Christmas Mass
12:00am Midnight Mass
Christmas Day 25 December
8:00am Christmas Mass
9:30am Christmas Mass
No Mass Christmas Evening
Feast of Mary, Mother of God
New Year's Eve 31 December
6:00pm Vigil Mass
Feast of Mary, Mother of God
New Year's Day 1 January
Second Rite of Reconcilation
7:00pm Tuesday 20 December
First Rite of Reconciliation
Saturday 24 December
Adoration in Advent
Adoration in Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas) is held on each Saturday in the Prayer Room following 9am Mass and continuing throughout the day until Benediction at 5:30pm.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a time for remembering God who came into the world as a human being, and brought the precious gift of new life.
For some the Christmas story will be familiar due to popular carols like Silent Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Away in a Manger, and Little Drummer Boy. These are popular not only in churches, but also in homes, shopping centres and on radio during the festive season.
Films, too, tell different versions of the Christmas story, like The Bells of St Mary's (1945), A Christmas Story (1983), The Nativity Story (2006).
But what is the real story behind Christmas?
The Birth of Jesus
Here is an account of Jesus' birth from Luke's Gospel:
Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world. This census - the first - took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David's town called Bethlehem, since he was of David's House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night. An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them.
They were terrified, but the angel said, 'Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.'
And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words:
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those of good will."
Would you like to join in celebrating this Christmas?
If the first Christmas story touches you, and you would like to mark this Christmas in a special way by attending Mass, please know that you are very welcome.
You and your family might not be Catholic or have never been to a Mass before. You might be Catholic but not very active in the Church; it is great that you have come back.
Just listen and hear God speaking to you through the readings, the prayers and the homily (or teaching). Be present when, through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ that Catholics receive in Holy Communion.
May you know the miracle of Christmas when God became man to save us - experience the beauty of Christ, the Morning Star, and the peace that only He can bring.
“Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad”
Prayer of Commitment to Jesus Christ
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