Merry Christmas

from the

MSC Mission Office



Painting from St Joseph’s Parish, Bikenibeu, Tarawa
Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific



Thank you for your continued support through the year. Our beneficiaries, from the Outreach newsletter and many others, really appreciate your help, and you are in our prayers.


MSC Mission Office projects this year have provided clean water to many people, supported disadvantaged youth, and helped HIV-AIDS and health initiatives across the Pacific, Asia and Africa in a variety of small and large ways. Australian domestic projects have also played a significant part for those helped, assisting those at the margins of our society.


$250 can buy hand pumps to bring water from wells, $500 can buy a water tank for a family, $1,000 can buy a water tank for a small village.


Supporters have similarly been very generous to formation of seminarians as well as donations to missionary Priests. It is only through support of our current and future “people on the ground” that we can achieve the good works of the Office.


Please pray with us now as we prepare for the Celebration of the Feast of Christmas. 


Pope Francis said: Jesus was born rejected by some and regarded by many others with indifference. Today too, that same indifference can exist, whenever Christmas becomes a holiday with ourselves at the centre rather than Jesus; when the lights of shop windows push the light of God into the shadows; when we are enthused about gifts but indifferent to our neighbours in need. This worldliness has kidnapped Christmas; we need to liberate it!



How shall we liberate Christmas this year? Can we bring Jesus into the lives of others? In order to meet him, we need to go where he is.


Over the Christmas and New Year, Sean and I will be travelling to visit our projects in the Philippines and India. I will celebrate Christmas Day Mass with the poor in India.

Why did Christ call the grace of the Spirit water? Because all things are dependent on water; plants and animals have their origin in water. Water comes down from heaven as rain, and although it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on throughout the whole of creation. It does not come down, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts itself to the needs of every creature that receives it. - St Cyril of Jerusalem


The true spirit of Christmas has found a home in your hearts, and your concern for the poor will be richly rewarded.


Season’s Greetings!



Fr. Adrian F. Meaney MSC





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Day highlights
Feast Days - Gospel - Sunday Readings

                                  Clean Water
HIV-AIDS and Health

The MSC Mission Office acts:
  • by analysing the causes of injustice and poverty;
  • by seeking remedies;
  • through raising awareness and support (personnel, goods, funds) for those with whom we work, or those who seek our assistance.
In this way we strive to share with others a common vision and mission for justice, peace and integrity of all creation.

Other Non-Development Projects

Australians have a proven record of distinguished service in developing countries. Each year hundreds of people go to many countries, often for years, and do remarkable work.

One of the works of the MSC Mission Office is to provide clean water to people all over the world. In so doing we are motivated by the words of Jesus when He said that if we give as much as a cup of water in His name it will not go without its reward.

Also we recall the cry of Christ on the Cross: "I thirst". These were the words of a thirsty person, and came from deep within His Sacred Heart. His thirst was not simply for water but especially the eternal thirst of our Creator God who told St Margaret Mary Alacoque: "Look at My Heart, which loves so much and is loved so little in return".

People of good will striving to create a better global society

MSC Mission Office Australia     Phone 02 9697 0983     Fax 02 9697 0984
PO Box 177, Kensington NSW 1465
1 Roma Avenue (
map), Kensington NSW 2033