Xavier College mass special
THE STAR of the show was definitely the star.
Little Caitlin Brennan drew an admiring intake of breath from the 400-plus congregation at Xavier College’s Christmas Eve family mass.
Caitlin, wrapped in silver foil, was a total Bethlehem Star; only her determined legs leading the shepherds and a cluster of angels to Mary, Joseph and the Three Wise Men, told us she was Caitlin.
Then it was baby Jesus’ turn.
Baby Jesus was a visitor to the Fraser Coast, Isabella Williams, just closing in on two months and with a smile to melt the heart of any wise man.
Father Joseph Hein Van Vo gave the Mass, which featured musicians, stories, readings, prayers, carols – and those incredible little angels who came in various degrees of white dresses, tinsel halos and shiny sashes with matching bright cheeks.
And of course wings.
This was the third year the family Mass had been held in the college’s J Pac Performing Arts Theatre.
“We do it here so families can really relax and spread out and see all of the service,” Carmel Donnelly, the calmest Christmas Eve gig organiser ever, said.
Carmel’s daughter and son, Jessie and Adam, played Mary and Joseph.
Jessie sang to the baby Jesus in a voice straight from the angels.
“May His comfort touch your lives,” Father Joseph said.
“And bring you peace.
“May His love be in your hearts
“And bring you peace.”
And away into the evening the 400 went, smiling, content, chatting, reflective; the littlest ones in bursting excitement in the knowledge of Santa’s visit that night.
A tiny feather from an angel’s wings floated across the hall; a gentle reminder that Christmas Eve on the Coast is special.