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Celebrating God's presence among us


As South Australians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Patrick O’Regan, has paid tribute to the “heroic dedication and service” of health workers.

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Archbishop O’Regan said over the course of the year he had admired the many different ways in which people use the “gift of life”.

“One group of people that seems to stand out in their dedication is our health care workers and especially those on the front lines dealing with the ever-changing Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“It is this kind of heroic dedication and service that I think of at Christmas.”

“At Christmas, as a people of hope, we celebrate God’s presence among us. At Christmas we celebrate not only that the true light came into to our world more than 2000 years ago, but that light, Jesus Christ, comes to us today, each day and especially in our darkness. Our mission then is to be that light in the world for others.

“In a year when it seems that light has dimmed somewhat, people such as our healthcare workers show that darkness can never have the last say. Christmas shows us that even in chaos and uncertainty God is with us.”

Mass services around the State will be conducted under COVID-safe conditions, with density restrictions of three people per four square metres and social distancing of 1.5m, unless held outdoors. Masks and check-ins are mandatory.

Mass times are available at or on the Adelaide Archdiocese app.

Watch Archbishop Patrick O’Regan’s 2021 Christmas message – YouTube


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