Parish newsletter, 12 December 2020
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Saturday Third Sunday of Advent (PMB, page 87)
10am: In honour of Mary
8.30am: Head Family Intention
10am: Joyce Margaret O’Donnell RIP
11.30am : Ann Drake Rec Dec
Monday No Mass
Tuesday 10am: Urbano
Wednesday 10.00am: Dan and Phil Frail
11am Requiem Mass for Liz Duffy
Thursday 10am: Lizzie Coleman RIP
Friday 10am: Dackel and Ellora Wedding Anniv
Saturday 10am In honour of the Mother of God (for Parish)
5.45 -6.15 Sacrament of Mercy
Sunday Fourth Sunday of Advent
8.30am: Paddy and Frances McDermott
10am: Joyce Margaret O’Donnell RIP
11.30am: Ann Drake Rec Dec
The first reading contains these uplifting and lovely words: “The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken … and to proclaim to all a year of the Lord’s favour. Jesus uttered these words to announce the programme for his ministry. Let us open our hearts to receive the blessings that Jesus wishes to bestow on us. Jesus brings pardon and peace to the sinner. He opens our hearts and our lives to a better way of living – the Christian way. Paul recommends in the second reading that we be happy and that we pray. In the gospel we meet John the Baptist again, urging us to follow the light which is Christ. There is a clear sense of joy in the readings. Joy is of the spirit. It is like a bright fire in the hearth. It leaves a warm glow behind it. Joy is in the heart and is the surest sign of the presence of God. Today is Gaudete Sunday so let us rejoice!
Christ’s Mass When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart. And to radiate the life of Christ, every day in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say. THEN THE WORK OF CHRISTMAS BEGINS
Liz Duffy Requiem Wednesday 11am, May she rest in peace.
Christianity is, above all, a way of seeing. Everything else in Christian life flows from and circles around the transformation of vision. Christians see differently, and that is why their prayer, their worship, their action, their whole way of being in the world have a distinctive accent and flavour. What unites Christians is a peculiar and distinctive take on things, a style, a way, which will flow finally from Jesus of Nazareth. In Jesus, God became a baby, God became human. The Creator of the cosmos took on a nature just like ours, becoming one of us. The infinite and the finite meet in Jesus of Nazareth. The eternal and the temporal became one. The creator and fashioner of the galaxies and the planets and all life, the supreme craftsman, became a baby too weak even to raise his head. Through Jesus the divine energy comes to birth in us.
The Power Source. Christianity is a religion of the concrete and not of the abstract. It starts with baby’s nappy in Bethlehem, in poverty. It is not some vague general religious consciousness, not from ethical convictions as such, not from abstractions or lofty thoughts. It is about Christ and his uncompromising call to life a fully human and fully divine life in the here and now. Jesus calls us to a fuller and better life, to repentance. He heals, he disturbs, he forgives. He moves us away from death and sin to light and grace.
The family, a School of Prayer. The family is where we learn to pray and make God the centre of our lives. The rosary is a great way forward for all of us. My grandparents said the rosary each night. I must say that it helps make prayer life a lot easier by enlisting the help of Mary the Mother of God. Children need to pray at home, to be taken to Mass, to be blessed before they go to bed. Pope John Paul ‘s father, by his quiet and consistent loyalty to prayer, shaped his son to be a saint who would in time shape the face of the earth and have so much to do with defeating atheistic communism.
Praying? Let us pray to enlarge our capacity to receive the gifts that God wants to give us St Augustine
As many of you know Nita and Peter Kelley look after the Red Missio Boxes (APF). We normally collect them in April and October but for obvious reasons we have been unable to do so this year. With this in mind we are asking you to count the money yourself in your Box and send it to Missio. It would be helpful if you could let us know by email email@example.com you have done so and what amount you have sent for the parish records.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
CHRISTMAS EVE 3PM 4.30PM 6.30PM 8PM
CHRISTMAS DAY 8.30AM 10.30AM 11.30AM
YOU NEED TO SIGN IN AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH. THERE ARE LISTS ON THE TABLE AS YOU COME INTO THE CHURCH. I AM PUTTING ON EXTRA, SHORTENED MASSES, TO ENABLE AS MANY PARISHIONERS AS POSSIBLE TO ATTEND MASS. YOU ARE NOT, IN THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES, OBLIGED TO ATTEND MASS. THERE WON’T BE ANY SINGING UNLESS I FEEL INSPIRED TO SING SOLO A FEW CAROLS. THERE WILL BE MUSIC PLAYING. ALL WILL BE WELL! I DO NOT WANT TO TURN ANYBODY AWAY. SIGN IN AND IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS SPEAK TO ME TO SEE IF THEY CAN BE RESOLVED. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!
God bless you and keep safe and holy.