Parish newsletter, 5 December 2020
Saturday First Sunday of Advent PMB, page 85
10am: Private Intention
8.30am: Liz Duffy Rec Dec
10am: Doris Int
11.30am: Martin Cahill Anniv
Monday No Mass
Tuesday The Immaculate Conception 10am: Kath Tarn
Wednesday 10.00am : Frances McEvoy
Thursday 10am: Mary McCarthy
Friday 10am: Frank McNamara
Saturday 10am: In honour of the Mother of God (for Parish)
5.45 -6.15 Sacrament of Mercy
Sunday Third Sunday of Advent
8.30am : Head Family Intention
10am: Joyce Margaret O’Donnell RIP
11.30am: Ann Drake Rec Dec
In today’s Gospel we hear again the voice of John the Baptist: “Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight”. This is a call to repentance. Repentance involves a determined effort to turn away from sin and a full-hearted and sincere turning to God. Advent time means renewal and seeking the Lord. God wants no one to be lost, but wants all to come to repentance.
What will Christmas be like this year? We all are left wondering! Perhaps we are a little disappointed and even fearful about missing out on family gatherings, carols and a chance to share Christmas joy with others. This will be felt particularly by those living alone or unable to travel home to their family. Hopes and certainties are now being challenged. What of our expectations? After all, we’ve always relied on Christmas to jolly us up in the gloom of winter God sent his son to live amongst us and to breathe the air we breathe and to know intimately the pain of human suffering. We do not believe in a God that sits apart from us, beyond the furthest galaxy, and lords it over us, but a meek and gentle God who resides deep within our being, who knows the hurt we feel and yearns for the chance to touch us with his love. We are called to notice the creator God in our hearts, to accept the gift of his love. Only then can we be alert and ready to meet with God in other people, to step out and meet our neighbour wherever they are and whenever the chance arises. So, stay awake!
Of course, we are not perfect and the course of true love never runs smooth. The journey to discover God is the journey we need to repeat again and again. The Church gives us the season of Advent and invites us to move away from our normal daily existence and spend quiet time contemplating the divine spark within us. Perhaps the vary different set of circumstances this Christmas will afford us all a new opportunity to listen to God in new and surprising ways. There are other lights than fairly lights on a tree or outside our homes. Let the light of Christ shine through our kindness towards our sisters and brothers all around us, so that everyone may feel comfort and joy this Christmas and beyond.
As Christians we know that the way we celebrate Christmas will be different this year. But the reason for celebration remains the same.
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 16 December 11am. May she rest in peace
Mass Sunday 13 December, 8.30am for the intentions of all those who sent Ron and Avril Head messages and prayers to the family following the loss of their son, Raj
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway
What you spend years creating, others could destroy over night. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway
Thanksgiving” We’re still alive and have the gift of faith.
Take the Time” Pray to grow. Eternity is a long time.
Speak Honestly” Complain, shout but “Come Holy Spirit”
Listen attentively Stop rabbiting on. Give God a chance.
Sit in Silence Silence suggests encounter. Listen to your heart.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org that you have done so and what amount you have sent for the parish records. Please click here to see the different ways you can get the money to Missio.
God bless you and keep safe and holy.