Hallo again to all on this Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve.
We are home making our last-minute preparations for the arrival of the Christmas season and we trust that you are, too. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas card, but if you missed it, you can click on the image at the right.
Each week we normally get notified of one or two dozen new web sites for parishes around the world, and occasionally we receive an update to an existing web site. This week we have had almost entirely updates and corrections. This seems right: as the season of Advent draws to a close, the world is tidying, sorting, and cleaning, in preparation for the arrival of the Messiah.
The world's newspapers are full of Advent too, even if they claim to be secular. The concept of Advent, of preparing for the coming of Christ, is so much a part of our culture and our being that five hundred years of atheism couldn't eradicate it. Our News Centre has a dozen of what we call 'Saturday pieces'; if you read them, you'll see what we mean.
Next week, on the last Sunday of the Millennium, we will be back with our sixth-anniversary issue.
Have a blessed Christmas, and we'll see you next week.
Last updated: 24 December 2000