Newsletter Sunday 3rd December 2023

The First Sunday of Advent (B) Liturgical Colour violet Prayers + Readings for Sunday on page 404 in the St. Paul Sunday Missal- Immaculate Conception BVM Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m. Thursday 7 December Day Mass 10.00 a.m.  Friday 8 December from page 407 SPM. Liturgical colour white.  Masses streamed live daily via webcam. webcam

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First Sunday of Advent 2nd/3rd December- Catechesis

The Mass consists of two main parts, namely the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, these being so closely interconnected that they form a single act of worship. In the Mass is spread the table both of God’s Word and of the Body of Christ, and from it the faithful are instructed and refreshed. Over the next six weeks we are going to reflect on the Liturgy of the Word in preparation for ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ which was instituted by Pope Francis in 2019 and is observed on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  In his Apostolic Letter ‘Aperuit Illis’, Pope Francis says ‘that devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the Word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.’ When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his Word, proclaims the Gospel.

Please pray for Paul Corrigan and Margaret Horne recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time. MAY THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE. AMEN

December Mass Times and intentions

Saturday 2 December 2023

10.00 a.m. Celebrant’s intention

5.00 p.m.-Michael Connor – Anniversary

John & Marcella Moriarty – Anniversary

Mona McInerney – 1st anniversary

Tom Maguire -Anniversary

Bridie Burke -Rec. Deceased

Sunday 3 December 2023

9.00 a.m.- Michael Dempsey- recently deceased

10.30 a.m.- Sarah Gregan – 1st Anniversary

Sean, Margaret & Isabelle Kerr – Anniversaries

Baby Charlie O’Donoghue - anniversary

Clive Douglas – Rec. deceased

12 noon – Parishioners intentions



Monday 4 December 2023

10.00 a.m. – The Holy Souls

Special intention

Kathleen O’Donoghue - recently deceased

Margaret Horan – recently deceased

Tuesday 5 December 2023

10.00 a.m.- Special Intention

Margaret Gill – recently deceased

Special intention

Wednesday 6 December 2023

10.00 a.m.- The Holy Souls

Cora Enright- recently deceased

Thursday 7 December 2023

  1. a.m. – May Balfe – Anniversary

Special Intention

Immaculate Conception BVM (Holy Day)

Vigil-7.00 p.m. – Parishioners’ intentions

Friday 8 December 2023

Day-10.00 a.m.- Celebrant’s intention

The Pope’s Intention for December 2023- For Persons with Disabilities.                                 

Reflection Morning -Saturday morning 02 December was set aside for parish volunteers with a guided reflection by Rev. Dermot McCarthy (deacon). Thanks to Rev. Dermot and those who facilitated & attended.

A word from Pope Francis about our care for God's Creation- Laudate Deum “International negotiations cannot make significant progress due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good” (LD 52)

Family Mass Every Sunday 12 Noon. -The Family Mass each Sunday 12 Noon. Children are encouraged to take part through Drama, Prayer and Singing. All children are welcome to attend. Children preparing for First Holy Communion or who have recently received their First Holy Communion are particularly encouraged to attend.

Christmas Fundraiser Draw in aid of Church Repairs- will be held for multiple prizes after the Carol Service on Sunday 17 December with -raffle sheets. There are 10 lines at €2 per line, with an extra line, for the seller to claim for selling the whole sheet. Raffle sheets are available at the tables near the exits.

The Annual Appeal of the St Vincent de Paul will take place at all Masses next weekend, replacing the Share collection.” Christmas Schedule of Services 2023 is on the newsletter page of the parish website. Return envelopes for Christmas Dues 2023 are available on the tables near the exits.

TRIDUUM MASS Christmas CARDS are available in the parish shop. Mass will be offered for the intentions on the 20th, 21st & 22nd of December.  Offerings will go to the Church Maintenance fund.

Christmas Family Bingo Evening Sunday 3rd December 5-8 p.m. in the Cuala Hall. All proceeds go to the Cuala4Zambia to build houses for teachers at Nsobe Community School. Spot prizes and raffle- Please bring cash.