Leaflets are available listing Christmas services: please take a bundle and distribute as widely as possible. The main times: on Christmas Eve (which is a Sunday this year) the Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6pm (there will be neither 4pm nor 7pm Masses that day). The Midnight Mass is preceded by the choir singing carols from 11.30pm. On Christmas Day itself there will be usual morning pattern – 8.30, 9.30, 10.30 & Midday) – but no later Masses.
You should also find a leaflet about PLANNED GIVING enclosed in your newsletter – in case you were impeded by the weather last week! Please read it carefully and take whatever action you can to maximise our income. People do give generously but not always in the most efficient way – if more were to been given through Gift Aid the benefit would be marked.
The collection at this past week’s parish Carol Service resulted in a collection of £2,000.00 which has been passed to “Mary’s Meals” – the charity which feeds needy children in the context of their schooling.
If you cannot think of anything to give someone for Christmas, please consider, even at this last minute, buying CAFOD World Gifts (worldgifts.cafod.org.uk). It is heart-warming to member those near and dear by benefiting those in the world who have comparatively little. You might also take a look in the church’s own repository (shop) which has cards and small gifts on sale.
The best form of preparation for Christmas is a good Confession. Priests are available every weekday from Midday to 1pm, and again on Saturdays from 10.30am-Midday & 4.45-5.45pm. If those times are not convenient a priest is usually available if you ring the rectory bell.
Please pray for the repose of Anna de Rosa who has died aged 90. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated here at 11.30am on 5th January before burial in Saint Mary’s Cemetery. RIP
Members of the Order of Malta are once again organising the blessing of Epiphany water and chalk on the eve of the feast. Everyone is welcome to the ceremony at 7pm on Friday 5th January – with a glass of wine thrown in after.
On Saturday 6th January, to mark the ending of the Christmas season, there is to be an Epiphany Carol Service followed by Solemn Benediction at 4.30pm: this will be followed by a drinks party with canapes. Party tickets cost £10 per person and will be on sale in the social centre each Sunday after the 10.30am Mass until 31st December. For more details call Lisa Proctor on 07740 798472
Last week’s giving £3,343 (includes envelopes but not bankers’ orders, etc.)