Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

A Community based on Faith, Altar and the Word
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 2017
Not long ago we enjoyed celebrating the consecration of the altar and church here at Blessed Robert Grissold. And, just recently, I was delighted to learn that the first Mass celebrated on our altar was on Christmas Day 1994. From the earliest times the altar was the focus of the holy place of gathering for Christians and according to the witness of all tradition, the altar is a symbol of Christ and Christ’s kingdom. It is the sacrificial table at which Christ gathers us, where the high priest and the sacrifice are united. It is the throne of Christ, our Lord and King, and the focus of the Eucharistic mystery of the Church. Our drawing near to the altar in the Eucharist is an ascent to the place where Christ has ascended, where our true life is “hid with Christ in God.”

The altar is a symbol of the possibility and reality of this ascent. But before Christ ascended to heaven, he came down from heaven and humbled himself to become one of us and was born as a baby in Bethlehem on that very first Christmas Day. When God became human in Jesus, he united to himself the stuff of his creation and in doing so he revealed the ultimate meaning, purpose and goal of all that exists, which is to be a path, an ascent, to the kingdom of heaven and communion with God.

The consecration of the altar in our church celebrates the restoration of the sacramentality of all things in the world. All things have been made holy and are filled with the glory of God, in and through the Incarnation - the mystery of God made flesh in Jesus Christ our Lord. And it is this sacred mystery which we joyfully proclaim and celebrate at Christmas.

With all good wishes and every blessing this Christmastide.

Fr. Frank Smith.
Parish Priest
Christmas 2017

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