Saturday, 22 December 2018

4th Sunday of Advent

Changes to this week's Masses
Monday 24th December: 
No Exposition or Adoration this week or next (New Year's Eve)
Christmas Eve Masses: 
6pm; 8pm Latin, 8pm Spanish at Convent and Midnight Mass. 
Christmas Day Masses: 
8am; 9.30am and 11am Latin. No Evening Mass.  
Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day) 
9am Convent; 9am; 10am Latin; 11.30am Benediction
Thursday 27th December: 
The Latin Mass is being changed to 10.30am.  Requiem - John Chang at 1pm 
Saturday 29th December

The Latin Mass is being changed to 8.30am; Wedding at 11am 

No Parish Surgeries until Monday 14th January:  

Message from Fr Marcus: With today’s newsletter I’ve prepared a Christmas greetings picture (from the artist Petrus Christus) and an invitation to Masses. I’ll be referring to this image in my sermon this weekend and ask that you share the Mass times with friends and family (especially with those who have been away from Church). Finally, I encourage you to use these last days before Christmas for spiritual preparation, through prayer and confession, for the great feast. I look forward to celebrating this with you.   Fr Marcus  

Christmas Offerings: In the porch & around the sides of the Church are the envelopes for your Christmas Offerings for Fr Marcus & Romany. As you are aware, a priest does not get a salary as such, & relies on the Collections at Christmas & Easter, as a primary source of income. These two collections are the only ones that are for the priests of the parish. Please be generous as your means will allow. 

Christmas Eve - 8pm Traditional Rite Anticipated Midnight Mass: followed by the procession to the crib, blessing and singing of the Christmas Martyrology.  Music: Mozart’s Coronation Mass.  Offertory: Hodie Christus Natus Est by Marenzio and Communion: O Magnum Mysterium by Victoria.

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.

New Year's Eve: 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.  We will start at 10.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions; 11.30pm Solemn Te Deum and Benediction followed by a sung Midnight Mass.

Crib Offerings:  This year we will be sending the crib offerings to Mary’s Meals.  Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in 14 countries.  Because of our low costs, we can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year!   

Altar Servers Mass & Party: All Altar servers are invited to the 10am Mass on Boxing Day, followed by Benediction & a party in the club.  

Thank you from Fr Christopher:  Many many thanks for your generous collection and many gifts.  I was overwhelmed and deeply touched by your kindness.  It was a good thing I was jet-lagged; otherwise, I might have broken by Anglo-Saxon stiff upper lip! ☺ This Christmas I will be in the Holy Land and will remember you all at Mass.  I am very grateful to Fr Marcus for all of his support in our ‘swap made in Heaven!’  On 17th January I am to begin in Ramsgate.  Let us pray for each other.

Cook needed for January & February: We need a volunteer/volunteers for two months whilst our usual volunteer is away. If you could help us, please speak to one of the priests today.

Welcome to our First Communion Candidates & Families: There will be a short meeting after the 9.30am Mass 

Confirmation Applications 2019: If you are in Year 8 or above, you can apply for the Confirmation programme.  Application forms now available from Fr Marcus & Fr Romany.

2019 Diocesan Directories & Diaries for sale: Diaries cost £1 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! 

Cleaners this week: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael Please note: Wedding next Saturday at 11am.  The new rota for January to June 2019 are now being sent out.   
Travel Cot for sale: a very nice travel cot was donated to the bazaar but wasn’t sold on the night.  If you are interested, please see one of the priests today.

Calx Mariae: is a quarterly magazine, published by Voice of the Family, and providing essential coverage and analysis in the areas of life, family and culture. It is produced quarterly and we have given 100 copies for free of the December 2018 edition – so pick up your copy today!!  Readers are invited to support this apostolate by donating directly to Voice of the Family as proposed in the magazine. 

Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine: 16th - 20th March 2019

Fully escorted St Patrick’s Weekend Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 16th March 2019.  £599.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at a supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.