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TODAY'S MASS: 'Repentance' seems an unattractive word. It conjures up images of morose brooding over past sins and failures, a negative idea. This is not what John the Baptist proclaimed. His message was wholly positive. In Hebrew and Greek the concept of 'repentance' is about a change of behaviour, a change of direction. John is calling on his listeners to change their ways, to change their scale of values, their whole direction of life. To reinforce his message he wears the clothes worn by Elijah, the prophet whom Jewish tradition taught was to return to announce the final coming of the Lord. John proclaims his message in the desert, that apocalyptic landscape of the arid and bear Jordan Valley, below sea level, where merchants would be crossing the Jordan on the road to the East. So John makes a deliberate claim to be this final prophet and to be preparing a way for the Lord. We see Jesus as the Messiah, the loving Saviour, but John was not at this point proclaiming this Jesus. He was proclaiming the threatening and imminent arrival of the sovereignty of God, when rotten trees would be cut down and evil swept away to be burnt in unquenchable fire. If we are to be open to the arrival of the Kingship of God, we may need to look to our own scale of values. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
GOSPEL LESSON: John warns that we cannot hide behind anoher's faith; we need to show the fruits of our own faith. (Liguori Publications)
WEEKLY PONDER: Is my scale of values compatible with those of the Kingship of God? How far do they coincide? (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
SAINT THIS WEEK: Friday is the feast of St. Lucy. She was martyred in Syracuse, probably during th persecution of Diocletian (which started 303). Devotion to her spread rapidly across practically the whole Church, and her name is included in the Roman Canon of the Mass. (Universalis)
YOUCAT: ( Question 371) How does a child respect his parents? A child respects and honours his parents by showing them love and gratitude.
THE POPE: It is the mystery of Christ's flesh: one does not understand love for thy neighbour, one does not understand love for thy brother if one does not understand this mystery of Incarnation. I love my brother because he too is Christ, is Christlike, is the flesh of Christ.
MEDITATION: Christmas did not come after a great hoard of people had completed something good, or because of the successful result of any human effort. No, it came as a miracle, as the child that comes when his time is fulfilled, as a gift of the Father which he lays into those arms that are stretched out in longing. This is how the first Christmas came; in this way it always comes anew, both to us as individuals and to the whole world. (Eberhard Arnold)
WEEKLY BIBLE: Watch then, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming; it might be in the evening or at midnight, or before dawn or at sunrise. If he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep. What I say to you then, I say to all: Watch!! (Mark 13)
ADVENT PRAYER: Grant that your people, we pray, almighty God, may be ever watchful for the coming of your Only Begotten Son, that as the author of our salvation himself has taught us, we may hasten alert and with lighted lamps to meet him when he comes. (Creighton Advent)
SAINTLY GEMS: Beloved and most holy Word of God! You enlighten the hearts of the faithful, you satisfy the hungry, console the afflicted, you make the souls of all productive of good and cause all virtues to blossom. (St. James of the Marches)
He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms it as far off, nor is it he who says it is near. It is he who, whether it be far or near, awaits it with sincere faith, steadfast hope and fervent love. (St. Augustine of Hippo)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ten minutes a day can make all the difference in the world. The more time you spend in the classroom of silence, the more clearly you will hear the voice of God in your life. (Allen Hunt)
One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have wholehearted enthusiasm. (Hannah Senesh)
SECOND COLLECTION: To help with the cost of Christmas flowers. Thanks.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME: At Holy Mass today and shortly afterwards with Jane.
CONFESSIONS: Saturdays of Advent at Noon.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE TICKETS: On sale today and next Sunday (until 1050am!!) Grand Draw at 11.00am. on Sunday 15th. December. Fantastic prizes.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR: This Friday at 3.15pm. Everybody is welcome.
SCHOOL END OF TERM: School closes for Christmas on Friday 20th. December. There will be Carols and Readings in church at 1.15pm. prior to the 2,00pm. Finish. Children, enjoy Christmas but make sure that you keep safe and let people know where you are.
CHRISTMAS EVE MASS: Our Christmas Family Mass will be at FOUR-
SPREADING THE GOSPEL: Some parents are concerned when they see their children leaving the places where they themselves pray. But will not the best of their faith appear again when the children grow up and have to take on important responsibilities? The fine flower of trust in God, glimpsed in childhood, is not lost forever; its scent pervades the soul, invisibly. (Taize)
MASS ON TUESDAY: Will be at 10.00am. in the Presbytery and not 9.30am. Thanks.
Please pray for Pope Francis, Benedict XVI and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
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Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso
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Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.
Advent 2 Year A , 8th. December 2019
2nd. Sunday of Advent Immaculate Conception
Remember your daily Rosary
Populus Sion, ecce Dominus veniet
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
David Shorrock, Thomas Hutchins, Henry Miller, Douglas Eckersley, Edith Miller, Joan McDonagh, Anne Wilson, Mimi Gomersall, Clement Heaton, Mary Wain, Margaret Marshall.
Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee, Barry Winstanley, Rachel Mason, Brenda Finch, Damien Waterhouse, and others.
Next Week: George Ward
Next week: Joshua and Alice Gardner
Today: Sarah Jane Holmes
Today: Annie Rose and Eliza Perkins
“Prepare a way for the Lord ”