Poinsettias for Christmas
17th December 2018
This year you are invited to donate a Poinsettia for Christmas in memory of a loved one. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl, commonly called Pepita or Maria, who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday and was inspired by an Angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.
The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus.
Please leave the poinsettia in the church during the week beginning 17th December, along with a card with the name of your loved one on it. A Mass will be offered during the Octave of Christmas for all those whose names we receive.