Weekly News

Dear friends,

This Sunday is the Third in the Advent season. It is known as 'Gaudete' which is Latin for 'Rejoice'. At this midway point of Advent we stop to anticipate the joy of Christmas and so to reflect this joy the vestments are changed from sombre purple to a joyful rose pink.

The theologian Henri Nouwen described the difference between joy and happiness; While happiness is dependent on external conditions, joy is "the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing – sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death - can take that love away." Thus joy can be present even in the midst of sadness.

In his 2014 Gaudete Sunday homily, Pope Francis said that Gaudete Sunday is known as the "Sunday of joy", and that instead of fretting about "all they still haven't" done to prepare for Christmas, people should "think of all the good things life has given you

On the 19th December at 3pm is our Christmas afternoon tea carol singing event. Please come and enjoy this time of fellowship together and invite others too. Offers of tombola prizes, homemade cakes and help on the day will be gratefully received! Click here for more details

On the 22nd December is our Candlelit Carol Service, and I am looking for volunteers to help run the Mulled Wine Bar please! Click here for more details.

See you on Sunday
Fr James


The week ahead

Sunday 15th December
Gaudete Sunday

Solemn Mass 9.30am
and Junior Church

Monday 16th December
Mass 9.30am

Tuesday 17th December
O Sapienta

Mass and Benediction 7pm

Wednesday 18th December
O Adonai

Mass at St Paul's 11am
followed by coffee

Thursday 19th December
O Radix

Mass 8.30am
Silent Prayer at St Paul's 1pm

Friday 20th December
O Clavis
Fr James' Day Off

Mass at St Mary's 1.05pm

Saturday 21st December
O Oriens

Mass at St Mary's 10am

Sunday 22nd December
Advent IV

Solemn Mass 9.30am
and Junior Church

Festival of Lessons
and Carols 6pm


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