Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran says recently bereaved family members will be in his thoughts especially this Christmas.
In his festive message, he has also remembered his own first Christmas, noting it was spent in his mother’s womb because he was born exactly six months before Christmas.
He says he was his parents’ first child.
As he approaches his 65th Christmas, he says the season has lost none of its magic for him, even though it’s often claimed the day is for children.
However, Bishop Doran says December 25th is an especially difficult time for those who have recently lost loved ones.