Christmas Message of Hope for Bow from Fr Javier and Rev Tim May

Christmas 2020 Thanks

Fr Javier thanks all those who made the Christmas celebrations possible. Graham, our organist and those who led the singing; Sebastian for broadcasting; all the stewards, cleaners, readers…
Fr Javier also thanks all for their generosity in their personal cards and gifts. He thinks he could survive another lockdown!!! But he promises that he will not drink all the alcohol at once.

Christmas Trees

Thanks again to Bow Landscapes for providing us with a beautiful Christmas Tree. Thanks to St Mary’s, Bow Church for the Tree at the entrance of the Church.

When does Christmas Finish?

For many people Christmas finished on 25/12 in the evening as they prepared for the sales. Decorations went down and trees were disposed of. For the Church, the liturgical season of Christmas finishes next Sunday, 10th January with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. However, in the older tradition, Christmas lasts until the Feast of Presentation of the Lord, 2nd February. This marked the end of a long 40-day “Christmastide” that corresponded to the 40 days of Lent. It is historically called “Candlemas” because of Simeon’s prophecy of Jesus being a light for the Gentiles. Following this tradition we will keep our Crib till that date, just as the Holy Father is keeping his at St. Peter’s! If you haven’t put down your crib you could also keep it till the 40th day after Christmas.

We will take down the Christmas Tree after the 6pm Mass next week. A couple of volunteers would be welcomed!

Advent & Christmas Galleries

Please share your photos of celebrating Advent, Christmas Eve Supper and Christmas Day at your homes and we will publish them to the Christmas Albums. Please send your photos to:

bow@rcdow.org.uk

or

stcatherinebow@gmail.com

To view the galleries, click on the button below:

Christmas 2020 Galleries

Christmas Offerings

A big word of thanks to all the parishioners. This year’s Christmas collection, which goes towards Fr Javier’s salary was an impressive £1,802.15. Alongside there were many gifts in kind and monetary. All of them greatly appreciated.