As Christians prepare for the coming of the newborn King at Christmas, Pope Francis has invited all to a vigilant commitment, “looking outside ourselves, expanding our minds and hearts” to the needs of others, to the many people tormented by hunger, injustice and war; to the needs of the poor, of the weak, of the abandoned.

This time, the Pope said, is appropriate to open our hearts, to ask us concrete questions on how and for whom we spend our life.

The Holy Father emphasized on Sunday 2nd December before the Angelus Prayer that there is an urgent need to come out of a resigned and habitual way of life and nourish hopes and dreams for a new future.

Marking the beginning of Advent as “a moment of hope,” Pope Francis prayed for “martyred” Syria, particularly sharing a sign of hope with the children of the beleaguered country, at war for more than eight years.

The Pope also said that he wanted the “flame of hope” to reach all those who suffer in these days “conflicts and tensions in different parts of the world, near and far.”

In the spirit of Advent, Aid to the Church in Need (Malta) will be having a day of recollection on Friday, 7th December 2018 at the Good Shepherd Church, Balzan from noon till 4.00pm. There will be Mass at 12.30pm which will be followed by reflections to be delivered by Rev. Prof. Mgr. Hector Scerri, Ecclesiastical Assistant of ACN (Malta).

In order to prepare for tea/coffee, etc let us know if you will be attending by 6th December. R.S.V.P. by telephone 21487818 or by email: 

ACN Malta