On Thursday there will be Eucharistic Adoration all day – it is hoped that this will provide a focus for us to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this country’s General Election and its consequences..
On the four Sundays of Advent we will be producing a leaflet so that everyone can follow the 10.30an Sunday Mass more easily – it would be useful to have reactions to this experiment
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred this year to Monday 9th December. Masses will be offered at 7.15am, 12.30pm & 6pm. Unlike Ireland and Scotland, this is not of obligation in England & Wales but it is still a special day to honour all that God has done for his “lowly Handmaid”.
Our teenagers preparing for Confirmation meet this Sunday at 5pm in the social centre. The adult instruction group meets on Tuesday of this week from 7-8pm in the rectory and welcomes anyone who wants to know more about Catholicism or to enter more deeply into its life. On Wednesday (11th) at 4.3opm there is a Mass in church for the children who are enrolled in the First Holy Communion programme – we look forward to seeing them and their parents.
Fliers with full details of Christmas services are available at the back of the church: please take a bundle to distribute as widely as you can.
The recent appeal for Aid to the Church in Need raised £2,116 for Christians persecuted for their faith: a “thank you” to those who donated so generously.
When you are looking for Christmas cards and small gifts don’t forget to take a look at the church’s repository (shop) – where everything sold benefits the parish. There is also need of a volunteer to help in the shop on Monday lunchtimes – offers to the parish office, please..
Able-bodied volunteers are needed to put up the outside crib next Saturday 14th December from 9.30am till around 1pm. It would be good if someone felt able to take charge of the operation! Please, contact the parish office.
The parish Christmas carol service will be on Wednesday 18th December followed by a reception in the social centre. Please join us and encourage friends and family to come with you. On Saturday 11th January, to mark the close of the Christmas season, there will be an Epiphany carol service at 4.30pm which will be followed by a drinks & canapes party. Epiphany party tickets cost £10 per person and will sold in the social centre each Sunday after the 10.30am Mass until Sunday 5th January. For further details contact Lisa Proctor on 07740 798472
Last weekend’s giving: £3,216
An ancient prayer for a national election: “Almighty God, who givest wisdom, and rulest the hearts of us all: guide and direct, we beseech thee, the minds of all those who are called to exercise the responsibility of electing fit persons to serve in the parliament of this nation; grant that the issue of their choice may promote thy glory and the welfare of this people; and to those who shall be elected give the spirit of understanding, courage and true godliness; though Jesus Christ our Lord”.