Redemptorists of Oceania: “An Invitation to Christmas” to the world


Common Home TV, a multimedia initiative of the Redemptorists of Oceania, has extended “An Invitation to Christmas” to the world in its annual multilingual Christmas message.

Narrated by Australian theologian Dr Elissa Roper and crafted in collaboration with international Redemptorist partners from across the globe, this e-Christmas card has been recorded in an array of languages, including Spanish, German, English, French, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Sinhala. The diverse linguistic representation reflects the universality of the Christmas spirit.

Redemptorist Oceania Provincial Fr John Hodgson CSsR shared his perspective on the Christmas message.

“In a world grappling with profound suffering, marred by injustice, fear, anger, hatred, and despair, the birth of Jesus Christ beckons us to embrace rather than ignore the complexities of life’s enduring challenges,” Fr Hodgson said.

“This Christmas e-card is an invitation to join a transformative journey and be blessed by the hope and joy that arises when we face life’s messiness together, walk with the marginalised, and unwrap the gift of God’s healing through the profound power of love and compassion within us all.”

A contemporary arrangement of the classic hymn Joy to the World was recorded and mixed in Common Home studios and featuring the vocals of Niamh O’Neill and lead guitar from Fr Oche Matutina CSsR. This track is now accessible on SoundCloud and will soon go live on more than 150 streaming platforms. 

You can access “An Invitation to Christmas” on the website, the Redemptorist of Oceania website or social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, X or Threads.