As Christmas comes closer do look at the repository (the church shop) where you will find a range of cards and small gifts as well as devotional articles. Any profit made comes to Saint James’s so supporting the repository is a good way to support the parish.


The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul aims to purchase 150 X £25 clothing vouchers for the homeless and needy before Christmas. It is also being asked to provide sleeping bags. Donations in cash or cheques made out to “SVP St James” should be handed to collectors after Masses (they aim to be around throughout this weekend) or into the rectory.


Saint Vincent’s School have their Christmas Celebration here in church at 2pm this Thursday 13th December. Everyone is welcome to join the children and their families as they re-tell the story of Jesus’ birth.


This year’s PARISH CAROL SERVICE will be at 7pm on Wednesday 19th December – it is always a great opportunity to introduce family and friends to Saint James’: there is a party afterwards in the crypt. The collection at the service will be given to Mary’s Meals the charity which aims to provide one good meal each day to needy children within the context of their schooling.


On Saturday 12th January, to mark the close of the Christmas period, there will be an Epiphany Carol Service with Solemn Benediction at 4.30pm. This will be followed by a drinks and canapes party in the rectory. Tickets for the party will be on sale at £10 per person in the social centre each Sunday after the 10.30am Mass until 6th January. For further details call Lisa Proctor on 07740 798472


When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present the ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the birth and martyrdom of John the Baptist, the Church unites herself to his desire: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’” (Catechism)


Last weekend’s giving: £3,406 (including envelopes)