Saturday, 10 December 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Fr Joe Waring SJ, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Paula Stephenson, Michael Nieweglowski,

Lately Dead: Doreen Hornby

Anniversaries: Harry Catlow, Ryan Clark, Tom Gleeson, George Clarkson, Bertha Hindle Tony Myhill, Harold Sweeney


Masses this week: the following will take place in the Presbytery

Thurs: 12noon followed by packed lunch                  Fri: 9.15am  


Installation of New Heating System This is coming along well and you will observe that the majority of radiators are now in place. However, the width of the radiators has pushed the side benches out and reduced the width of the aisle. We may need to readjust some of seating plan as this could affect funerals and weddings. During the week, Masses are in the Presbytery. Volunteers have come to clean the church on Saturday afternoons from 3-4pm. There is a list at the back of church for next Saturday, if you would like to volunteer.


The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.


This Sunday we are focusing on our wealth of RC schools in the parish. Mt Carmel, Sacred Heart, St Mary's and St Oswald's will be leading the liturgy with hymns, readings etc. They will have displays at the back of Church based on the "5 W's" (Welcome, Welfare, Witness, Word & Worship) which are the pillars upon which the schools are founded. Do take time to have a look and engage with our young people about their education. We thank the schools for all their work in preparing this weekend's liturgies.


Next Sunday we will focus on Catechesis, as Mary became Mother she became also teacher in Faith. We will be celebrating how we pass on our Faith through our Catechists, Baptism and Marriage Preparation and the Sacramental Program.


Mt Carmel Xmas Party for Senior Citizens takes place on Monday 12th December. Everyone should be aware of transport details. We hope all who attend will enjoy their afternoon being fed and entertained by Mount Carmel students.


Delivery of Christmas Gifts to our Sick & Housebound each year our young people deliver a Christmas message and a token gift to our sick and housebound. For this we need people to drive them to various locations. If you would be able to help out in this way then please let us know. Individuals will not be permitted to transport a minor unless it is their own child, or accompanied by another adult, or they hold an enhanced DBS certificate. Please speak with Fr John if you are able to help out transporting children after the Sunday Mass next weekend. If any young people would like to take gifts and cards after Mass next Sunday, then please let Fr John know. Each person under 18 must have their parents' consent.


The Pope this week moved from the theme of "Mercy" to that of "Christian Hope": Here is what he said: "In these times, when evil often seems to have the upper hand, hope comforts us with the assurance of Christ's lordship, his victory over sin, and his constant presence in our midst. In this Advent season, we hear once more the great message of consolation spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "Comfort, comfort my people". The prophet tells us that God promises to bring his people home from their exile in a foreign land and that he desires that a way be prepared for him through the desert. This summons to renewed faith and trust in God's saving power is also addressed to us. Saint John the Baptist, preaching in the desert of Judea, echoed these words as he prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. The Scriptures show us how Christ's birth was prepared for by men and women – like Mary, Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth – who never lost their trust in God's promises. May we imitate their hope, and await the coming of the Saviour, who turns the desert of our lives into a garden of delight."