Christmas is one of the most important Christian and cultural holidays of the year, but what is the true meaning of Christmas? For Christians, the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. read further…

The word ‘Christmas’ literally means ‘Christian Mass’; it’s a shortened form of Christ’s Mass.

Christmas is a time of spiritual reflection on the important foundations of the Christian faith. It’s also a celebration. It’s when we celebrate God’s love for the world through the birth of the Christ child: Jesus. Jesus was born in order to pay the price for the things we have done wrong: sin. God sent his Only Son to be the atonement for all our sins so that we would not be separated from God. Without Jesus, we would all die for our sins. We inherited our sinful nature from the first human beings God created, Adam and Eve. While being fully God and yet fully man, Jesus came into the world as an infant to save us all.

Although people worldwide celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th, it was likely that he was born on a different month and date. The Church in the 4th century chose December 25th as it coordinated with the Solstice on the Roman Calendar.

For Catholics, the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. We know that through belief in Jesus Christ we are daughters and sons of God. Heaven will one day be our home.

Perhaps this will help you look at the Christmas season differently this year. A chance to truly take in the wonder and awe of the season.

CHRISTMAS and CHRISTMASTIME TIMETABLE

in our three Parishes

  St Augustine St Filumena St Mary
24th December 2021

Friday

Advent Feria

9:30
24th December 2021

Christmas Vigil

18:00 17:00
CHRISTMAS

‘Midnight’

21:00 00:00 (Midnight)
25th December 2021

Saturday

CHRISTMAS DAY

9:30 9:00 11:00
26th December 2021

Sunday

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Year C

11:00 9:00
27th December

Monday

Feast of St John, Apostle, Evangelist

9:30 9:30
28th December

Tuesday

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

9:30
29th December

Wednesday

Feast of St Thomas Becket, Bishop, Martyr

9:30

19:00

(Traditional Lain Mass)

9:30
30th December

Thursday

Sixth Day within Christmas Octave

 

9:30
31st December

Friday

Seventh Day within Christmas Octave

 

9:30

18:00 (Exposition)

19:00

1st January 2022

Saturday

SOLEMNITY OF MARY

THE MOTHER OF GOD

 

9:30

18:15

17:00
2nd January 2022

Sunday

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE NATIVITY

 

11:00 9:00

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