Bishop McKenna's Advent Message, 2017


We know that this annual season of Advent reminds us, as the People of God, that we are waiting in expectation. 

We are expecting the celebration of Christmas, but also expecting Christ’s second coming. Although we know exactly how long we must wait for the first, we have no idea when the Lord will come again, nor when the individual earthly pilgrimage for each of us will end.

My Pastoral Letter for this year is entitled “Life, Death and Life.” In it, I invite you to reflect with me on what we are waiting for. It is a call for each of us to seek renewal of our faith here and now, so that we may be able to wait to meet the Lord in joyful hope. The Letter may be read HERE.

The best preparation for Christmas, the celebration of God becoming human with us, is to ponder why we need this stupendous act of divine love. The Son of God has come in the flesh, born of a woman, to save us in the flesh, in every part of our lives.

May our observance of Advent this year be serious, joyful and fruitful.

+Michael McKenna

Bishop of Bathurst