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

Fr Javier’s salary is £9,900 (plus free lodging at the Presbytery). The parish pays him only £8,250 (the Seminary pays the rest, £1,650). This money is paid from the donations for Baptisms, Funerals, Weddings and Masses alongside the collections on Christmas and Easter day. The Sunday collection pays for the running of the parish expenses.

This year has been really difficult for all due to the current Pandemic. The Parish has also been affected: the Church had to be closed for a large period of time during the lockdowns and consequently has also seen a fall in numbers of parishioners attending Church.  Weddings and Baptisms had to be cancelled; all resulting in a drop of income for the Parish.

Your donations toward the upkeep of the clergy will be very much welcomed.

You can contribute to the Christmas collection on the day, by using the attached envelope or by donating online via:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

If you want to give a personal gift to Fr Javier, please put it in an envelope addressed to him.