For over thirty years a ‘Peace Light’ lit from one of fifteen oil lamps that burn constantly in front of the grotto honouring the birthplace of Jesus in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem has been distributed throughout the world to promote peace, remembering the song of the angels on the first Christmas night: ‘Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth.’ Each year the international scout movement help bring the light from the grotto in Bethlehem to Churches and communities all over the world as a way of promoting peace and reconciliation.  This year we are delighted that the 41st Cork Passage West Scout Troop have kindly offered to bring the Peace Light to our Churches here in the Harbour Parishes. We will celebrate the Reception of the Peace Light in our 7.30 p.m. Mass in St Mary’s Church, Passage West on Saturday 16th December 2017.  Afterwards the light will be shared with our other Churches and a special oil Peace Candle will burn continuously in a place of honour in each of our Churches from then until the Feast of the Epiphany on the 6th January 2018.   We hope that these candles will serve as a reminder of the need to pray this Christmas for peace between all peoples in our world.  Families are welcome to take a light from the Peace Candle and bring it home and thereby share in that special connection with the birthplace of Christ as we celebrate his birth.  We are grateful to our local scout troop for taking the initiative in this project and we look forward to celebrating the reception of the Peace Light into our community on the 16th December.