MASS TIMES THIS WEEK:
There is NO 6.30 pm Mass this evening Sunday 1st January and there will be one Mass only on Bank Holiday Monday at 10 am after which the church will be closed. Tuesday – Friday masses are as normal: 8 am and 10 am.

ALTAR SERVERS PATRONAL FEAST DAY:
Monday 26th December is the Feast of St Stephen.  He is the patron saint of Altar Servers, who are all invited to attend the 10 am Mass on that day.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT:
You are invited to join our school children for their Carol Concert on Tuesday 20th December from 2.15 – 3 pm in the school hall.

ADVENT PRAYER
Dear Lord, Strengthen my faith
Give me hope that all things will turn out right;
the way you intend it to be and while I am doing my best to be
strong, optimistic and true to your teaching surround me with love.
Amen

ST PAUL’S CHURCH, WOODLAND ROAD. Nine Lessons and Carols:
This evening, 11th December, at 6.30 pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  Our choir and readers are involved and all are welcome.

ADVENT PRAYER

Lord, make me a better person, more considerate towards others, more honest with myself, more faithful to you. Make me generous enough to want to sincerely do your will whatever it may be. To find my true calling in life and grant through it I may find happiness myself and bring happiness to others.

Help me to be the person you intended me to be. Help me to do what is right and do the greater good for those around me. Help me to cope better when things don’t go the way I may have liked them to. Help me to take better care of myself so I can be a rock for any family to lean on.

COFFEE MORNING & SALE:
On Wednesday 7th December at 12, Betsyle Road from 10 am until 12 noon. Proceeds to North London Hospice – All welcome.

Suggestions for making Advent a spiritual preparation to celebrate the Feast of Christmas

Give items, collected by the Parish, to the homeless

Send Christmas Cards with religious meaning

Use the opportunities for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

Attend the two Advent Talks

Pray for peace and justice in the world

Read each week the Spiritual articles in the newsletter

Have a crib and advent wreath in your home

Visit someone you know who is sick or alone

Light a candle and say a prayer each night

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred let me sow peace; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, let me sow faith; where there is despair, let me give hope; where there is darkness, let me give light; where there is sadness, let me give joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek to be comforted, but to comfort; to be understood, but to understand; to be loved, but to love.  For it is in giving that we receive, it is in forgiving that we are forgiven. And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

ADVENT TALKS:
The first talk, on Tuesday 6th December, 7.30 pm in the Small Hall, is on the subject of John the Baptist.

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK:
Mass on Saturday, 3rd December, at 2.30 pm followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall.  Please note there will be NO 10 am Mass or morning Confessions on this day.

VOLUNTEERS CHRISTMAS PARTY:
All those who support the Parish in any way are warmly invited to join the Parish Team in the Hall on Saturday 3rd December, after the 6.30 pm Mass, for the Christmas party, our thank you for all the work you do.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT:
If you would like to speak to one of our Volunteers please take a form from the back of the church.

PAPER SHOP:
There is a great selection of Christmas Cards available in the Shop.  Also on sale the new Westminster Year Book.

ART SALE FOR STREETS AHEAD RWANDA & MACMILLAN:
Saturday 26th November 10 am – 2 pm in the Parish Hall.  Please come along and grab yourself a lovely piece of art.  Refreshments and Raffle.

PRIMARY SCHOOL PRIEST’S REFERENCE SIGNINGS:
There is a list in the Paper Shop today to sign up for an appointment with Priest for those parents who have handed in Primary school Self-Assessment forms.  The appointments will be on Monday 21st November.