Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from Bishop Barnes

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

Christmas is a time where we show generosity and good will by giving each other gifts and celebrating with family and friends. The “Christmas Spirit” of today still traces its origins to the hope and joy that was felt at the miraculous birth of Jesus, God’s promise of salvation made manifest in human form.

As we reflect on the closing year, many think of Pope Francis and the example of selflessness and hospitality that he gives us. What a gift we have received in him. Let us take his message to heart so together we can build the kingdom of God here on Earth. Let that spirit, that hope, be a seed that grows within us in 2014.

I offer you my deepest prayers and blessings for a joyous Christmas season. May the gift of hope that God gives us in the birth of his Son stay with you in this new year. May your family and friends enjoy good health and prosperity in the New Year. And may God bless you in your journey of faith.


  1. Thank you for this blog!...My first visit here! I have a question....there is some confusion as to whether or not Jan. 1, 2014 is a holy day of obligation. Is there a definitive statement on this from the Bishop? Thank you!

  2. Thank you for reading our blog. As far as I know the Office of Worship has not sent out a message stating that Jan. 1 will not be a holy day of obligation. Therefore, it should be treated as a holy day of obligation.

    Andres Rivera
    Communications Coordinator


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