Hazel Fort, of the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy Team in Bootle, reflects on a caring Advent. Above - the students Nativity play for pensioners.
After the fresh start in September, it seemed that we were just getting into the swing of things when Advent sneaked up on us and gave us a tremendous push into the hectic waters of Christmas preparation. It was sink or swim as we tried to juggle school exams with Advent and the hurly burly of Christmas.
Television adverts pushed impossible presents at impossible prices and cookery programmes told us of the exotic recipes we could prepare for our amazed guests at the parties we would be holding - if you were that way inclined and had begun ingredient shopping last August …
… and just the tiniest amount of time was allotted to the homeless or those alone at Christmas. Here, at Savio, those people have always been our priority.