Advent 2014

Christmas Eve

6 pm with Children’s Nativity and Blessing of Crib

8 pm Mass of Christmas Night with Traditional Readings & Carols


Christmas Day

10 am Family Mass


Experience has shown that the 6 pm Mass is always extremely busy and parking and seats are not always available. The 8 pm Mass has more of a feel of a traditional midnight Mass and allows for a more reflective celebration.

 

Newsletter

THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN

Mass Times and Other Services

 

Third Sunday of Advent

Saturday

13 December

5.30

 

pm

 

A. Sydney Daintith RIP                          

B. Phelim O'Neill RIP 

Sunday

14 December

9.00 

11.00

am

am

Intentions of Nadia Marinkovic 

Terry Barlow RIP (Anniversary)

Monday 

15  December

8.45 

9.00

6.30

am

am

pm

Morning Prayer

Jean Barker RIP

Our Lady's Primary School Carol Service

Tuesday

16 December

 8.00

pm 

Carol Service with the Lydian Singers

Wednesday

17 December

8.00

8.45 

9.00 7.00 

am

am

am pm

Period of Quiet Prayer

Morning Prayer

Intentions of all Parishioners

Advent Reconciliation Service

Thursday

18 December

6.35 

7.00 

pm

pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Alice Callaghan RIP

Friday

19 December

8.45 9.00

am

am

Morning Prayer 

Brian Neil RIP (Anniversary)

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday

20 December

5.30

pm

Peter Latham RIP 

Sunday

21 December

9.00 

11.00

am

am

Billy O'Callaghan RIP (Anniversary) 

Deceased members of the McNicholas and Byron Families

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NOTICES AND EVENTS

Third Sunday of Advent

Scripture Refelection


The message of today’s liturgy is clear. The salvation we await with joy will liberate both the individual and the community, and its special focus will be the poor and lowly.  “As the earth makes fresh things grow ... so will the Lord make both integrity and praise spring up in the sight of all nations.”

Jesus comes that our world might no longer be scarred with poverty and oppression but might instead “be preserved whole and entire, spirit, soul, and body.” As a leaven in the world, the Church is called to participate in human affairs and to recognize in the poor, the afflicted, and the oppressed the presence of the Lord summoning the Christian community to action; sent to bring good news to the poor.

Today is known as Gaudete Sunday because the first word of the opening antiphon at Mass is Gaudete!  Rejoice! The theme of joy is at the heart of Pope Francis’ teaching. His first personally authored  encyclical letter was called; “The Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium). In it he suggests that joy should be the hallmark of Christian living. Not a constant chasing after shallow, or fleeting pleasures; but the calm, underpinning recognition that loved by God, we can make our way even through the choppiest waters of life. This is the joy that radiates and attracts others. So a few quotes:

 

“Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.”

 

I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”

 

“Instead of imposing new obligations, (Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.”

 

Notices

 

' An Advent Journey with the Magi                                                 The church will be open during the afternoon of Sunday 14 Dec from 2-5 pm for you to come along at any time. The Labyrinth and other spaces in the church will be available with prompts to assist your personal Advent reflections.

 

' Our Lady’s School Carol Service Mon 15 Dec at 6.30 pm

 

' Carol Service with the Lydian Singers Tue 16 Dec at 8 pm

 

' ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE Wed 17 Dec at 7 pm

 

Year of Consecrated Life—2014-2015

There are many manifestations of consecrated life including monks and nuns, apostolic consecrated life, secular institutes etc. Not that many people know or really need to know the distinctions. Having said that this year will be an opportunity to discover more about these different ways of living out the life of a disciple.

 

To get the year under way we will provide for period of prayer on the Wednesday mornings of Advent prior to Morning Prayer and  Mass to pray for all who seek to follow the Lord in these ways.


ADVENT WREATH PRAYERS FOR USE AT HOME

 

Each week as a new candle is lit we pray the prayer that accompanies each candle as we light it. So for week one we pray just one line. For week two; two lines etc.

 

' Week One: Lord, by your presence, light up the past, that we might learn from it with wisdom and thankfulness.      Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!

' Week Two: Lord, by your presence, light up the present, that we might live in it in peace and love. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!

' Week Three: Lord, by your presence, light up the future, that we might prepare for it in hope and trust. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!

' Week Four: Lord, by your presence, help us watch and pray, that we may welcome Jesus, who is Lord of all time and present in our every moment. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!

 

My mission of being in the heart of the people ... is not an “extra” or just another moment in life. Instead, it is something I cannot uproot from my being without destroying my very self. I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world. We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing. All around us we begin to see nurses with soul, teachers with soul, politicians with soul, people who have chosen deep down to be with others and for others.

 

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium  273

 

The gifts we donate with our giving tree to the families and individuals cared for through the Saint Joseph Family Centre need to be prepared for distribution at the beginning of December. Any parishioners able to help with the packing or delivering hampers during December, please contact the Centre on 01925 635448.


Kindly Remember to Pray for

ALL who died recently,  all the faithful  departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Vera Allen, Mary Ashton, Marc Bailey,  Molly Birchall, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Helen Clarke, . Ethan Connolly, Marian Cullen,  Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Teresa  & John Glover, Carol Goodman, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Gillian Hunter, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Paul McGrath, Agnes McNamara, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, Joan Murray, Lois Nicholas, Ron Norman, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Tony Potter, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Tommy Sharkey, Mark Stacey, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Michael Swift, Enid Thompson, Ronnie Thompson, Cecily Waite, Rose Walsh, Ben Watson, Ann Weiss, Margaret Wightman, John Williams & Colin Wright.