Thousands flock to Christmas services

AN estimated 1000 people attended the two Christmas services held at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Albury.

Archdeacon Peter Macleod-Miller said the Christmas Eve family service and the traditional Christmas Day service attracted large numbers.

His message focused on Christmas being for everyone.

“Essentially we are all refugees and we should take seriously how we treat outsiders,” he said.

“But there is a feeling of generosity around.

“When people are given the opportunity to open their lives and help other people it is very hopeful.”

Large numbers also attended the Christmas Eve family Masses at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wodonga and St Anne’s Primary School in North Albury.

Father Dennis Crameri conducted the two Christmas Eve masses in Wodonga with support from Father Bernie Augustines, who recently moved to the parish after being ordained in his homeland, the Philippines, earlier this year.

For the third year in a row the Sacred Heart parish in North Albury celebrated its family Christmas Mass in the school hall at St Anne’s Primary School. More than 400 people attended.

Part of parish priest Kevin Flanagan’s sermon was conducted in a boat used in the recent school production.