Sunday, 27 December 2015

Holy Family (Year C) (Old Rite: Sunday in the Octave of the Natitivy)

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Convent Mass: is now at 8.30am Monday to Saturday

The Twelve Days of Christmas lead us traditionally to the Epiphany and the liturgy for the next few weeks is meditating on the mystery of the Word made flesh. The implications of the incarnation are so many. All of creation is in some sense sanctified by the presence of God made man. That means that created matter can be a means to the end of union with God. Icons, statues and pictorial representation are all ways that we can appreciate the mystery of the Kingdom which is beyond representation. Nevertheless with the coming of Christmas we can actually see the face of the Lord.

A Happy New Year to you all. In this parish we always begin the New Year with a solemn Mass to beseech the Divine Majesty for the graces we need in the New Year. Each one of us should make a New Year’s resolution to tackle some area in our life which habitually we may neglect.      

New Years Eve: 
  • 10.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 
  • 11.30pm Confessions & Solemn Te Deum and Benediction 
  • Sung Midnight Mass.
Thank you: the priests would all like to thank you for your cards, gifts and Christmas offerings.  

Welcome back to Fr Andrew: who will be with us until the beginning of January.

Welcome back to Mgr Leo:  It is always a pleasure to have Mgr Leo White here for Christmas and Easter. He lived here with us from 1997 to 2001. Ever since then he has been a great friend to the Union of Catholic Mothers and often comes on Thursdays to say their Mass.  This coming New Year is of special significant for Mgr as God willing we hope to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee of Ordination (1956 – 2016)  

2016 Diocesan Directories & Parish Diaries for sale: Diaries cost £1.50 each and the Diocesan Directories cost £3 for standard bound and £3.50 for the spiral bound version – these have the liturgical calendar for whole year, Mass times for every parish in the Diocese and lists of every Priest, Bishop, Deacon, School, Convent and Catholic institution within our large Diocese, and also all the statistics and guidelines. Buy one today! 

First Holy Communion: The main programme begins on Sunday 10th January at 9.30am with the First Mass and Meeting. If you DID NOT attend last Sunday’s meeting – please come next Sunday when you will receive your introduction and programme.

Readers Rota - January to March 2016: are now available. Please collect your copy today!
Church Cleaners this week: Tania Pereira and Sue Cranmer-Fitzpatrick. The Rota for January – June 2016 will go out as soon as possible. If you would like to become a Church cleaner please give your details to one of the priests.

Desperate Need: There is a 40-year old University lecturer who speaks very good English who needs a job.  He is a good teacher and has good IT skills and organisational capacity. Originally from Cairo, he and his wife were very kind to Fr Christopher last year. Please see fr CB if you have any ideas. 

Light to the Nations: a charity concert in aid of Tyburn Convent and its Mission Foundations will be held at St. James’ Church, Spanish Place on Sat 2nd Jan 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at Tyburn Convent or via their website:

St Bede’s Social Club: closed until the New Year. They will have their annual gathering on Sunday 3rd January and will open again on Friday 8th January 2016

We need new cleaners too: Some of our cleaners who have been on the rota for many years no longer attend this Church or are unable to help us any longer. It is usually one Fri eve or Sat morning once every 3 months. Please hand in your details to 1 of the priests.