Gaudete Sunday, which we celebrated in our preparation for Christmas, reminds us that our faith gives us reason to rejoice. The readings of that Sunday tell us that our faith should bring us life and happiness: the first reading began “Shout for Joy daughter of Zion…”, and the response to the Psalm echoed this saying “sing and shout for Joy for great in your midst is the Holy one of Israel” before the second reading reminded us “I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat what I want is your happiness”. Christmas, then, is a time when this joy, happiness and Good News is seen most clearly in our Christian story. The arrival of our infant Lord, the one we have awaited, is a reason for pure joy. In him, after all, new life begins.
Thankfully, these pages too show that the faith we profess here in Ossory is alive with that energy, that hope and that joy which is so much a part of our Christian message. Here we recount celebrations had to mark two bicentenaries in St John’s Parish, pilgrimages taken nearby and far away, ongoing formation for those involved in ministry in our parishes, some topical reflections and so much more. In a special way this edition also documents the ongoing conversations which are taking place throughout the Diocese on the future of our parishes and how best we can continue to serve them. It is in preparing for this future that we will ensure that the story we tell, the faith we profess, and the happiness it brings us, will be gifted too for future generations.
I would like to wish you and your family a very blessed and peaceful Christmas and New Year. As always we hope you enjoy this publication. Comments, suggestions and contributions are most welcome for future editions. Articles or advertisements for upcoming events or of recent events, can be sent to: Ossory Adult Faith Development, St Kieran’s College, College Road, Kilkenny. Tel 056 7753624 Email email@example.com Web www.ossory.ie
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