Have you noticed the banner outside St James Church ? It declares “Come Home for Christmas”. Again this year we are making a big effort to encourage those who have drifted away from our parish community to reconnect with us. All of you were given invitation cards and a poster and invited to become actively engaged in this campaign. How have you got on ? Have you had the courage to speak to someone and invite them to join us this Christmas. On Christmas Day each one of us has a responsibility to welcome all who have gathered at our Christmas Masses.

Our thanks to the volunteers who have signed up for the “greeting and meeting” at the door as people arrive and others for serving refreshments after Mass. We hope our efforts will declare to all that we are an open, welcoming and inclusive community. Please reach out and make people welcome this Christmas time.