Christmas in St.Laurence O'Toole Church


Sunday 24th December:

    - 12noon  (4th Sunday Advent mass)

    - 7.30pm  (Christmas Eve mass)
Monday 25th December:

    - 12noon  (The Christmas day mass)
During Christmas time the Church will be open longer during the day and sometimes during the evening.

We invite you to come into our church to pray, light a candle or just simply sit in silence.
You are most welcome to approach any priest in the church for confession during opening times.

What is Christmas ?

Christmas is an annual festival celebration celebrating the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
A Proclamation of Christmas - from the Roman Martyrology...
"Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the Eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by His most gracious coming, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and when nine months had passed after his conception, is born as man in Bethlehem of Judah from the Virgin Mary:  the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh."

The Christmas Mystery

Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family.   Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven's glory was made manifest.   The Church never tires of singing the glory of this night:
The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal
and the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible.
The angels and shepherds praise him
and the magi advance with the star,
For you are born for us,
Little Child, God eternal!    (Catechism No.525)
To become a child in relation to God is the condition for entering the kingdom.   For this, we must humble ourselves and become little.   Even more:  to become "children of God" we must be "born from above" or "born of God".   Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us.   Christmas is the mystery of this "marvellous exchange":
O marvellous exchange!  Man's Creator has become man, born of the Virgin.   We have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.
(Catechism No.526)