Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

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Parish Event Archive: Christmas and Easter Messages
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Each Christmas and Easter, our parish priest writes a special message to the parish reflecting on the two most important times of the Churches year. These messages are published in our seasonal newsletters which can be viewed here. They are also available on our website below. Click on the buttons below to read the messages.
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Christmas Message 2010
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Dear Friends and Family,

We have almost completed the journey through the season of Advent. Now we are at Christmas. It is a time to reflect back what the Lord has done for us. It is a time of joy and celebration. It is a time of thanksgiving and appreciation.

This will be my last Christmas letter to you. My bishop is calling me back to India and I am returning there on the 26th December. I may be given a new appointment in my diocese either in a parish or in an institution.

When I look back at the last 6 years here in Balsall Common, I have only good memories. Actually I arrived in Balsall Common on the 15th August 2004. Back then I was living in a flat in Hall Green. When Fr. Christopher Thornton died, I moved to the Diocesan bungalow in Oxhayes Close in Balsall Common. Although I came as the Chaplain of Jesus Youth and Syro-
Malabar Catholics from Kerala in India, I had requested the Archbishop to give me a British Parish as my base of activities and he allotted to me to Balsall Common.

From the first day onwards you have shown a lot hospitality, support and generosity. You have expressed your deep Christian faith and commitment. You have been so generous with your presence, time and money to me and to the Kerala community at large. However, I believe that the greatest achievement is the unity and the fellowship that we have created in this
parish. We have been a welcoming community, especially to visitors and guests and I think that we are successful in creating a family and child friendly parish. In our time together I have felt that I could work with you very easily and peacefully and, with my religious and priestly background, I could really help and support you.

At this important moment, may I thank you for everything you had been to me all these years. I can very sincerely invite you to Kerala, a land of beauty and history and I wish you and your family many choicest blessings from God, the Almighty.

Fr. Sebastian Arikat.
Priest in Charge
Christmas 2010

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