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Parish Bulletin – 4th December

Advent is the penitential season of spiritual preparation for Christmas. Which extra prayers, fasting and almsgiving will you do during Advent as preparation for Christmas?

Please return St. Nicholas Care Fund Advent alms boxes by Mon 16th Jan 2017. Next Sunday the second collection will be for the St. Nicholas Care Fund.

We welcome Mr. Neil McKay this evening at 7.30 to give the second of our Advent talks entitled “One, Good, True, and Beautiful,” a talk exploring man’s deepest yearning for goodness, truth, and beauty, and where we can find them in today’s society.

Christmas Mass Times

  • Vigil Masses: 4.30pm, 6pm, & 12 midnight
  • Christmas morning: 9.30am & 11.30am

NB There will be no evening Mass on Christmas Day evening.

On Thursday of this week, 8th December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Lady will be celebrated. Masses at 6.30pm (vigil on Wednesday evening), 9.30am, and 6.15pm (sung Latin Mass).

Announcements

Please note that Vespers (evening prayer) & Benediction is on this evening at 5pm.

The next St Peregrine Mass, Novena, Anointing and Veneration of the Relic will take place on Monday 19th December at 7pm.

Sponsor the weekly sanctuary lamps in memory of a deceased relative or friend, or for some other prayer intention. Give £5 and intention to John or Fr Morris.

Please note there are no flowers during Advent which is a penitential season. However, donations for flowers for the Christmas season are being sought. Please give your donation to Agnes.

Fundraising

The Sale of Work went very well on Saturday 19th November. The final total was £571.70.

Mary Murray has baked a lovely Christmas Cake, which will make a great addition to someone’s Christmas celebration. Mary’s cake is being raffled. Tickets are on sale now and they are £1 for a strip of 5.

Parish lotto – see notice-board in hall for details.

Christmas raffle tickets are on sale in the hall – 20p per ticket or £1 per book. First prize £150.

Community

The next soup run will take place on Saturday 7th January. Donations of men’s clothing, sandwiches, fruit, chocolate and cigarettes are needed.

The Parish Food Store is in need of your help. The Food Store helped to feed 23 people last week. Please bring your donations to the box in the church or to the chapel house. A list of suggested items can be found here.

Thanks to the continuing and long-running generosity of parishioners we are now short of storage space in the church, the house and the garage. For the time being we are unable to accept any new donations of goods other than:

  • Men’s clothing and shoes
  • Raffle prizes and Tombola prizes
  • Unwanted gifts

Sincere thanks to all parishioners and friends of the parish for your great generosity in donating goods to assist the parish.