Our celebrations of Christmas began with the Vigil Mass at St Joseph's Church on Christmas Eve. The church was pleasantly full and the arriving congregation joined in the singing of carols before Mass accompanied by two of our congregation on the accordion.
The traditional Midnight Mass, began at Midnight accompanied by our choir who sang and played traditional chant. At the end of the Mass the image of the Baby Jesus that you can see in the accompanying photo was taken in procession and placed in the Crib whilst everyone sang See Amid the Winter's Snow.
At the end of the Midnight Mass there was the blessing and sharing of the opłatek - a tradition familiar to the Polish Members of our parish family.
Mass was celebrated in each of our churches on Christmas day
May I take this opportunity to thank all those who worked so hard in both of the churches to prepare them for the celebrations. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make sure everything is as nice as it can be. To those who collaborate with me to make things happen I am truly greateful.