Lent is a holy season during which we are invited to focus on conversion and renewal of heart. Lent is also a time of preparation for the celebration of the central mysteries of our faith at Holy Week and Easter. ‘Lent’ comes from an old English word meaning springtime. Let us ask the Lord to allow the light of springtime to enter once again our lives and hearts, driving away the cold and dark that can hold us back in our friendship with God. May God bless us all during this special season.

The tools of Lent
Traditionally, the ‘tools’ used during Lent are: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

‘SPIRITUALITY OF ADVENT’
‘A talk’ on Tuesday 11th December at 7pm in the Church.

ADVENT DAILY PRAYER BOOKLETS:
Available from the Paper Shop today priced £1.

HOMELESS COLLECTION IN ADVENT:
Once again we are collecting tins/toiletries, socks & gloves for homeless.  Please place your donation in the box at the back of the Church.

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK:
Saturday 8th December at 3pm.

VOLUNTEERS CHRISTMAS PARTY:
Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm.

ECUMENICAL CAROL SERVICE:
St Paul’s Church Woodland Road, Sunday 9th December at 6.30pm.

PENITENTIAL SERVICE:
Friday 7th December at 10.30am.

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY:
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm.

GOOD FRIDAY:
Children’s Liturgy for Good Friday 11.30am.  
Liturgy of the Passion & Death of the Lord 3pm.
Evening Meditation 7pm.

HOLY SATURDAY:
Easter Vigil 7.30pm.

EASTER SUNDAY:
Masses will be at 8.30am, 9.45am, 11.15am & 12.30pm.  
There will be NO 6.30pm evening Mass

CONFESSIONS:
There will be Confession this week on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 10.30 -11am.

Monday 18th December
8 am Mass
9 am Requiem: Tess Coker RIP
1.30 pm Penitential Service

ADVENT – SEASON OF HOPE
Today we begin Advent. While the outside world is already celebrating the materialistic version of Christmas, we are beginning this beautiful time which is a season in its own right, with its own distinctive characteristics and dynamics. Let us live these days with intensity and faith, making the most of the opportunity to look for the coming of Christ in our world today. He brings healing, liberation and salvation to our world and to our own hearts too. May God bless us in these days as we prepare for the religious celebration of Christmas, the feast of heavenly light, when ‘the Word was made flesh’ (John 1:14). Fr David