Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve at 4:30pm

Christmas starts with Christ


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Christian Churches in the area I wish you peace and goodwill this Christmas.  This was the message of the angels to shepherds on the first Christmas as they praised God at the birth of Jesus and sang “Peace to people of goodwill”.  We instinctively recognise and celebrate Christmas as the season of Peace and Goodwill.  This gives us an expectation that we should make peace, offer forgiveness and effect reconciliation in this season of grace.

In the Christmas Carol, “Hark, the herald angels sing”, we praise God, “The heaven born Prince of Peace” and pray for “Peace on earth and mercy mild, that God and sinner be reconciled”.  We see the need for reconciling in areas of the world where people are persecuted because of faith, nationality or race.  Others are suffering because of wars and conflicts, terrorism and disasters.  Nearer home there are people who are troubled and pained, and who feel the need for healing and a peace that would come to them from heaven.  

Our joy and consolation at Christmas is that God came to us from heaven and became man in the person of Christ in order to bring God and his peace to us, and to bring us close to God and to one another.  We pray that Christ’s blessings and his “peace, which surpasses all our understanding”, may come to you, your families and friends this Christmas.

We wish you and yours a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Fr John McGrath
Catholic Church Epping




Christmas Services in Theydon
Services over the Christmas period