Dear Friends in Christ
On this Day the Wise Men, or Magi, come to see the Infant Christ. We see in this encounter the first time that Jesus is made manifest to the world. His birth in Bethlehem was hidden; the shepherds came in innocence and simplicity to visit Him with perhaps only the slightest inkling of the significance of His birth. Now the Magi arrive fully aware that the Child before them is the Son of God, the Saviour of Mankind. As we visit the scene of the house of Bethlehem again this Day we, also join with them, in adoring Christ born for us.
Last Sunday in his Pastoral Letter, our Bishop reminded us that we are commencing the Centenary Year of the Diocese. I have outlined the main events of this Year in this Newsletter and they are detailed in the current edition of the Brentwood Diocesan Directory. The Bishop is asking us to make this Year one of celebration but also of evangelisation: to take our Faith to the margins, generously, courageously and enthusiastically, in the knowledge that the world is in as much need as ever, of the Truth that our Catholic Faith brings. You might make a particular note of the date 22nd July when the whole Diocese will go on pilgrimage to Walsingham for the main celebration of this Centenary Year.
With every renewed blessing for 2017!
Msgr Kevin Hale