TIMES OF MASS FOR THIRD & FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - YEAR B 'YEAR OF MARK'

SUNDAY:    PARISH MASS for ‘Gaudete' Sunday at 10.30am    ‘O! WISDOM’

MONDAY:  Adoration at 8.30am  Service of Word and Communion at 9.00am 
                                                ‘O! ALMIGHTY’

TUESDAY:     Adoration at 5.30pm  Evening Mass at 6.0pm (Scripture gp) 
                                                 ‘O ROOT OF JESSE’             
                                    Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)   7.00-7.30pm

WEDNESDAY:   Adoration at 6.30pm   Evening Mass at 7.0pmO! KEY OF DAVID’ 
                                     Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)   7.45-8.15pm

THURSDAY:       Funeral Mass for Maria Pintar RIP at 12noon   ‘O! MORNING STAR’

FRIDAY:     Adoration at 8.15am  Morning Prayer at 8.45am Mass at 9.00am  ‘O! KING’  
                                     Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)   9.45-10.15am

SATURDAY:    Adoration at 9.00am  Morning Prayer at 9.45am   Mass at 10.00am 
                          Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)   10.45-11.15am & 4.030-5.00pm
                                                                                                         ’O! EMMANUEL 
SUNDAY:      FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - CHRISTMAS EVE 
                      PARISH MASS with Blessing of Christmas Tree at 10.00am

                                          Christmas Season Begins

SUNDAY:    MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE BIRTH OF THE SAVIOUR at 10.00pm

MONDAY:   SOLEMN DAY MASS OF CHRISTMAS at 10.00am  

TUESDAY:       Feast of St Stephen, First Deacon & Martyr  (Boxing Day)
                       Adoration 9.15am   Morning Prayer 9.45am  Mass at 10.00am

REFLECTION FOR THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT REJOICING IN THE LIGHT!
The light of the Advent wreath is growing, the pink candle is lit and we touch joy! The incomparable joy of walking as Children of the Light, giving witness to the Light of the World that is Jesus Christ.
We are called not to curse the darkness, however much of it there is - economic crisis around the world, violence in the Congo and Syria, wars and global warming: yes, there is plenty to make us curse. But instead we are ‘witnesses to the light’, to break the power of darkness by holding aloft the candle flame of divine love that is in our hearts, by singing a New Song of Joyful Love that will bring healing to our world.
We have much to be joyful about, for we are re-born in the Light, we carry the flame of undying love within us and we have the joy of walking with all humanity in their griefs and hopes, their joys and sorrows, in Jesus’Name!

DIOCESAN PRAYER   17/12/2017   The Diocese prays for the Parishes in Communion for Mission of St Peter, Cirencester, St Michael, Tetbury and St Aldhelm, Malmesbury served by Fr Isidore Obi, Fr Martin Griffin, Deacon Stephen Boughton, Parish Administrator Elaine Wright and all their communities.
24/12/2017   The Diocese prays for the Parishes in Communion for Mission of The Immaculate Conception, Clevedon, with Ss Dunstan and Antony, Yatton, St Francis of Assisi, Nailsea and St Joseph, Portishead served by Fr Reg Gray OFM, Fr Anthony Collins OFM, Fr Thomas Dubois, Deacons John Woodcock, Mario Kossman, Paul Reddington, Ivan Reynolds, Parish Administrator Tom Osman and all their communities.

TODAY:   [1]   The Third Sunday of Advent (known by its old Latin name - ‘Gaudete’ or ‘Rejoicing’ Sunday) celebrates the joy of liberation and freedom that the coming of Christ has brought us and will bring to all peoples and all creation as He comes again to ‘sanctify creation to the full’. Already we experience this joy - of serving the Coming of the Kingdom and playing our part in the birth of a New Heaven and New Earth.
[2]   Special Parish Christmas Retiring Collection for the work of the SVP as they distribute gifts on behalf of us all. Please think about joining the SVP! 

 

NEXT SUNDAY   [1]   With the Fourth Sunday of Advent the Liturgy moves from ‘far-seeing eyes’ for the Final Coming of Christ to more immediate preparation to celebrate the birthday of Jesus our Saviour. Of course we look back to His First Coming in order to be empowered to wait and work for His Final Coming! So we contemplate the wondrous dawn of our salvation - the Incarnation begins in the womb of Mary, the poor virgin of Nazareth. Just as the Word comes to John in the barren wilderness, so now the Word is made flesh in the flesh and community of the poor, in the marginalised impoverished village of Nazareth, in a powerless young girl who literally risks her life in saying ‘Yes!’ to becoming an unmarried mother. What will we risk to say ‘Yes!’ to God’s call and mission in our lives?
[2]    We bless the Christmas Tree in the church at Mass - the ‘Paradise Tree’ that speaks of Jesus, the Second Adam redeeming the sin of the Fist Adam on the Tree of death that becomes the Tree of Life.
[3]   A Reminder that attendance at Midnight Mass does not fulfil our Sunday Obligation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent - please make every effort to participate in both the Sunday 10am mass as well as the Christmas Mass (either 10pm Sunday or 10am Monday) 

MONDAY 25th - CHRISTMAS DAY!     We celebrate the day we have been preparing for - the Feast of Christmas, Jesus the Christ’s birth. We remember His First Coming to open ourselves to His Final coming - the real meaning of this great Feast: looking to the past moment of the Christ Event in order to work for the transformation of all creation in the Final Coming of Glory in the Universal Christ. The Christ child is the promise of Christ Omega!

SUNDAY COLLECTIONS - in the New Year!
Env: £177.94 + Loose: £229.16 + SO’s: £83.60 = TOTAL £ 490.70 - thank you
Poor Missions of the Diocese £86.16     Covenant with the Poor  £7.00

 
WORD OF GOD FOR THIRD & FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT 

Sunday   Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11/Resp Luke 1: 46-54/1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24/John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Monday         Jeremiah: 23: 5-8 / Psalm 71 / Matthew 1: 18-24

Tuesday        Judges 13: 2-7, 24-25 / Psalm 70 / Luke 1: 5-25

Wednesday   Isaiah 7: 10-14 / Psalm 23 / Luke 1: 26-38

Thursday       Song of Songs 2: 8-14 / Psalm 32 / Luke 1: 39-45

Friday            1 Samuel 1: 24-28 / Resp 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-8 / Luke 1: 46-56

Saturday        Malachy 3: 1-4, 23-24 / Psalm 24 / Luke 1: 57-66

Sunday          2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 / Ps 88 / Romans 16: 25-27 / Luke 1: 26-38

MondayMidnight Mass     Isaiah 9: 1-7 / Ps 95 / Titus 2: 11-14 / Luke 2:1-14

Dawn Mass     Isaiah 62: 11-12 / Ps 96 / Titus 3: 4-7 / Luke 2: 15-20

Day Mass        Isaiah 52: 7-10 / Ps 97 / Hebrews 1: 1-6 / John 1: 1-18