• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:34

A big Christmas thank-you for supporting us in Mission

 

Christmas is the perfect time to thank all the friends, supporters and benefactors of The Divine Word Missionaries who by their generosity will give the gift of love to some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world this Christmas Day.

Fr Henry Adler SVD, Mission Secretary for the SVD Australian Province, says that the Society’s missionaries, who are present on every continent of the world, will spend Christmas with the communities they serve, helping to bring Christ’s love to people who won’t enjoy a big celebration with lots of presents and all the trimmings.

“I was in the Philippines earlier this year, spending time with SVD members who are providing support for families who are living on rubbish tips,” Fr Henry said.

“These people have to earn a living by scavenging through the tips to gather plastic or other goods to recycle, for a few cents.

“They won’t have a big Christmas dinner, but thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters, SVD missionaries are able to live and work with these communities and will be there at Christmas to celebrate Mass with them, offer them food through soup kitchens, shelter through new housing, and to truly love them as Christ loves them.

“Surely in this we see the true meaning of Christmas – God coming among God’s people, being with them, sharing in their humanity and bringing them to him through Christ.”

Fr Henry said that the SVD Australian Province has been truly humbled by the generosity of donors and supporters this year.

“On behalf of the people we serve and minister with, I thank you for helping us in Mission this year and look forward to where Christ’s Mission will take us in 2013,” he said.

“We wish you a happy and peace-filled Christmas.”

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