Welcome to the Diocese of Gibraltar!
“Christmas”, the Holy Father said, “fills us with joy and makes us certain that no sin will ever be greater than God’s mercy”.
Christmas is the celebration of God’s gift to us of his son, Jesus. It is a gift that arises out of His great love for us. Jesus is born to save us from sin and death.
St. Athanasius, an early doctor of the Church, wrote, “Because of his great love for us, Jesus, the Word of God, became what we are in order to make us what he is himself.” God took on our human nature so that we may share in his divine nature.
Jesus, in taking on our human nature, shows us that we are worth a lot in the eyes of God. Through his manifestation of love towards us he reminds us that we should show the same kind of love towards each other. Our world needs the message of Jesus, a message of love, of hope, of joy. This message is delivered on Christmas, but it must continue to be present not just at Christmas but throughout the year.
We live the true meaning of Christmas by carrying God’s love into what we do. Let us see Jesus in the people that we meet. Our world needs the love, the forgiveness, the mercy, the care that Jesus showed whilst he lived among us. Each of us is loved by God. Jesus is Emmanuel, God is with us. This is the Good News
May Christmas for each one of us be a source of joy which will carry on within us throughout the year. May we welcome Jesus, let him be born in our hearts. Let us open our door to him and let him dwell within us.
With gratitude we pray: Lord of all love, you have come to us so we can come to you. You have become physical so we can become spiritual. You have embraced us with your Love so we can embrace others with your love. We ask you now to give us the strength and the courage to proclaim your Presence with our Lives.
I wish all of you, your family and your friends a blessed and wonderful Christmas. May God also keep you safe and healthy in the coming Year.
Peace be with you!
Bishop of Gibraltar
PRAY WITH US
Support us, Lord, as with this Lenten fast
we begin our Christian warfare,
so that in doing battle against the spirit of evil
we may be armed with the weapon of self-denial.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
From Lauds (the Morning Prayer of the Church) for Ash Wednesday.
- March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church
HOPE: Mass and Blessing of Expectant Mothers
- March 23 - May 21
Cursillo retreats 2023
Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30…
The following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.
Hail and blessed
be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born
of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
through the merits of
our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and of His blessed Mother.
Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned on Friday 10th March 2023 at 7:30pm
THE BISHOP’S CHARITY
Aid to the Church in Need
Is a charity helping Christians in persecution and suffering in various parts of the world, especially where there is conflict. This year the bishop has chosen ACN (Gibraltar) as the charity of choice for the Diocese.
273 Main Street
Catholic Books and gifts.
“Have you not read the Scriptures?”
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”
SUPPLIERS OF COURSE BOOKS TO THE SAXUM INSTITUTE
“If we don’t have it in stock we will get it for you”
The Cornerstone bookshop is part of the Catholic Diocese of Gibraltar.
Staffed entirely by volunteers