First Sunday of Advent
Mass Readings: Pages 82 – 84
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
Advent is a season of expectation. We are waiting and preparing for the coming of Our Lord, as if he had not already come to us nearly two thousand years ago. John the Baptist is our guide, and he says to us what he preached during the first Advent: Prepare the ways of the Lord, straighten out his paths (Matthew 3:4). We have to prepare for the coming of Our Lord into our lives by prayer and penance. In this way after each Christmas Day celebration we would be more committed to his service, and understand more fully how he wants us to live.
It is odd that so much about Christmas in our society is about enjoying material things, food, drink and presents that make us richer. The riches which our Lord wants to give us are quite different. The gifts which he brings will include a stronger faith in his Incarnation, that is, the truth that God became a man and dwell amongst us. Another gift is a greater knowledge and trust in God’s extraordinary love for each one of us, with the resulting joy and peace that this can bring. His gifts are given freely to us, but if we prepare for them we shall most certainly receive them in abundance. We receive and accept all good things as God’s gift given generously to us. We rejoice and say thank you to God. Christmas is a time to celebrate, but we have to remember that true Christmas riches are the spiritual ones, an increase of faith hope and charity.
We should remember all those who cannot celebrate Christmas, either because they have no Church or priest, or because they have no food. If you sit and think about it, it is odd how so few have people in the world can actually enjoy the good things that we have seen in our shops these last weeks. The thought should not give us the wrong kind of bad conscience. That would be error. When we do these things for the poor and the suffering you do them to Christ himself. That brings its own reward. You become rich when you give. That is one of the secrets of Christmas.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Flower Arrangers.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £484.93p + £290.50p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 775.43p. The 2nd collection for the Catholic Youth Services was £91.42p. Thank you for your generosity.
Today’s retiring collection is for Parish Funds.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Lily Donohoe. Lily Donohoe’s body will be received into the church on Thursday 7th December at 4.30pm and the Requiem Mass will be on Friday 8th December at 12noon.
Baptism Preparation Classes: The last (of three) classes will be on Monday the 4th December. It is important that you can attend ALL three classes. The next classes be in February 2018.
Advent talk: Mark Nash, Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, will be in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm on the 5th December to give a talk on Advent.
Advent Course: Father Stuart’s Advent Course will begin on Wednesday 6th (National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham) and then the 13th December (The Inquisition) and Tuesday 19th December (St Augustine) at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
St Anthony’s Parish Carol Service: St Anthony’s Parish Carol Service will be led by the children of St Anthony’s School. The Carol Service is on Monday 18th December at 6.30pm. Please do come along and celebrate as a parish community. It is always a wonderful event which helps us as we prepare for the Christmas season.
Mass Intentions: Please book your masses in advance for next year (2018) to avoid disappointment.
Eucharistic Ministers and Readers: Rotas are available in the sacristy.
Pastoral Letter: Copies of the Pastoral Letter are available in the Narthex.
Parish Diaries: Parish diaries are now available. Donations will be very appreciated.
St Anthony’s Parish Christmas Fair: Thank you to all those people who helped out and/or came along to support the Christmas Fair this weekend.
Catholic Schools: Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need to make your voice heard. The government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.
The Passage: The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give this weekend until 12pm Tues 5th December to support its work with homeless people this winter. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 75921855 email@example.com. https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/27756. The maximum is £5,000 from any one person/body. It is not a limit per household but per person.
Carols in the Park: At 3.00pm on Sunday December 3rd in Alexandra Recreation Ground, the Friends of Cator and Alexandra singing traditional carols accompanied by the wonderful Beckenham Concert Band. Afterwards there will be free mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies in the Holy Trinity Centre, Lennard Road. Plus: nibbles by Himalayan Kitchen, Penge Food Assembly stall, SE20 Art Group Christmas cards and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. See you there!
Parish Calendars: Calendars depicting all the Parish Stations of the Cross are now available from the repository, priced at £5 each.
Job Vacancy: St Anthony’s Primary School is seeking a caretaker. The successful candidate will have good spoken and written communication skills and will fully support the school’s ethos. Full details can be obtained from the school office on 020 8778 7681 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Bridget McLaughlin, John Barry, Margaret Southwell, Kieran Quinn, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.
Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (3rd Dec—10th Dec 2017) (Year: B)
Sunday 3rd First Sunday of Advent (Year B)
(Saturday) 6:00pm John & Martin McManus RIP
9:30am Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
11:15am People of the Parish
Monday 4th Feria
9:30am Kay Bird RIP
Tuesday 5th Feria
9:30amSouls of Vicente Juan Carlos Ligouri & Dina Maria Botino Ligouri
7:00pm John Joe Dolan RIP
Wednesday 6th Feria
9:30am Pat Everett RIP
Thursday 7th St Ambrose
9:30am John Lenden + Arthur Thomas Lenden
Friday 8th The Immaculate Conception of the BVM
9:30am Ronald Jones RIP
12:00noon Requiem Mass: Lily Donohoe RIP
Saturday 9th Feria
9:30am Rachael Loader
Sunday 10th Second Sunday of Advent (Year B)
(Saturday) 6:00pm Mrs E Rodrigues RIP
9:30am Raffael Tomei RIP
11:15am Christian & Emilia Nkpade
5:30pm People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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