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 Christmas Message

A shoot will spring up from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD.…”

(Isaiah 11: 1-2)

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,

Another year is gradually coming to an end and we are almost set to celebrate another Christmas. We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to you all for every of your support and contributions to our community. Your sacrifices are highly appreciated. As we relish the happiness and serenity that comes with the feast of Christmas, may we find the soothing peace which God our father always sends to us through His only begotten son Jesus Christ.

It is worthy of mentioning that corona virus visited us this year with a pandemic of great magnitude. People fell sick and recovered, many people died, others were scared and terrified while many still live and work in fear for their lives. We also acknowledge that jobs were lost, finances reduced with job cuts and fun taken away from many people. Our liturgical celebrations and religious activities are not spared. It is indeed a sad experience for each and every one of us. However, for those of us who are privileged to be alive, we continue to count our blessings of survival. We believe and trust that God will continue to be a banner of protection over us. May God see us through and may He through His wisdom and instrumentality of science and technology bring us healing and peace of mind and body.

May we thank God for the successes we experienced and for the graces He provided in our moments of challenges. May we also have the grace of reconciliation where necessary in order to move on peacefully with our lives. May we also use every opportunity to share love and joy with people around us.

A new year is always pregnant with expectations and we look forward to the fulfilment of our hopes. May God continue to widen our ways of progress and open doors of blessings to each and everyone of us.

Our thoughts and prayers go to those families that are going through hardships and facing tough challenges. We remember also those who lost their beloved ones and those who are sick. May God meet them in their needs and grant them succor. May He also grant eternal rest to the dead.

May I wish you a Merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year.

May God bless and keep you all.

Fr. Stephen Oranuba

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