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Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent

7 December 2014 – Second Sunday of Advent (B)


THIS SUNDAY: Throughout the first three weeks of Advent our focus is very clearly on the Second Coming of the Lord – not so much on the run up to Christmas (until the last week). If we view Advent as a preparation for Christmas these readings will make little sense – and neither will the figure of John the Baptist who appears today: if it’s about the preparation for Christmas, then John the Baptist, preaching after Jesus was born, is a confusing figure: but his role is to preach to us, as he did of old, and to prepare us for the (second) coming of the Lord. Today we have a very graphic reference to the end of time and the Second Coming in the reading from Saint Peter; it is a frightening picture, and so the first reading offers tender words of comfort to help us understand who is coming, and why we should be ready to meet him.


CONFIRMATION 2015: We need to keep our youngster in our prayers: Jessica O’Toole, Isabel Nicholls, Iracy Hemming, Venecia Leoncio, Lemia Leoncio, Charley O’Toole, Yasmin McDonald, Jeanne Pangilinan, Alyssa Virata, Gonzalo Borrallo Barragan, Ruben Borrallo Barragan, Ana Alonso, Bradley Cox, Oskar Kleszcz, Michal Komada, Benedict McGovern, Niamh Baber, Bebhinn Baber, Ellena Trickey, Luiza Bureta, and Ricco Russo. They continue their formation Wednesday 10 December at 5.45pm. The Bishop comes to our parish to confirm these young men and women on Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 7.00pm.

EVENING PRAYER: There will be Evening Prayer at 4pm in the Church THIS Sunday as we start this new liturgical year. Do come along if you can.


FIRST COMMUNION: Preparation continues this coming Saturday, 13 December, at 8.45am in our parish hall (the last session before Christmas). As they come to receive their I belong books this Sunday, we commit ourselves to keeping them in our prayers: Logan Adams, Santiago Alonso, Kevin Binoy, Eros Canu, Isaac Chilcott, Erica Costa, Nathan Cox, Peter & John Critten, Fletcher Downs, Aiden Drew, Ashton Ducket, Oliver Jackson, Saoirse Jones, Ethan Kettle, Ellie Low, William Morley, Hugh Murphy, Martha Peachey, Kieran Quirke, Rahul Rajesh, Libby Sims, Steve & Ann Siby Stephen, Airen Thomas, Karishma Tom, Larissa & Brianne Wright.


A GOSPEL FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD: Fr Henry’s feature to accompany your reading of St Mark’s Gospel appears on the first of each month. Just log onto our parish website for details.


BIG CHURCH CLEAN FOR CHRISTMAS takes place on Monday 22 December. It’s a good flick round with duster and hoover ready for our Christmas guests. The more, the merrier. Please come along and lend a hand if you can.


CATHEDRAL CALENDARS, CHRISTMAS CARDS AND GIFTS: Do look at the repository selection of Christmas Cards that are available. By buying from the little shop you are still supporting the parish. Cathedral charity calendars £10.


A CHRISTMAS SUPPORTING THE NEEDY: Every year we seek to reach out to those who are on the streets at Christmas. This year, thinking of the folk around the city centre, you are invited to think about giving a small gift of chocolate, toiletries, gloves, a scarf, a warm hat, or some socks… wrapped for M or F and placed in the box in the Lady Chapel. Do think about what small gift you can give this year! It means so much to so many.


FAMILY CRIB SERVICE: Once again we gather with families as a parish family to look forward to the celebration of Christmas, just pondering the beauty and the simplicity of the Christmas narrative. Everyone is invited…there’s no one excluded. The youngsters (and the brave) are asked to come dressed as a nativity character and we will be accompanied once again this year by two special guests in the shape and form of donkeys! We’ll begin at 4.00pm NEXT Sunday (14 December) in the Church and there will be refreshments in the hall afterwards. The Christmas Trees will be in place for that gathering… as the anticipation mounts!


NEW MASS SETTING: We will start learning the Mass of Christ the Saviour during Advent. Sheets provided. You will see that the Sunday Mass sheets contain the new setting. We’ll persevere in the same way as we learned the new settings we sing so familiarly following the new translation three years ago.


200 CLUB DRAW: The November £25, taken last week, was won by Chris O’Brien with winning number #070. Next year’s subscriptions are now due. It works out at £1 per month and gives a chance of winning one of the ten monthly £25 draws and taking part in the two Grand Draws, too. Collette is sorting out renewals; do please consider renewing your membership for 2015. Spare numbers are available if you would like to ‘sign up’.


SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY: The Governing Body of St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School are consulting on the Admission Policy for the academic year 2016 – 2017. The proposed policy can be found on the school website The consultation period runs from Wednesday 3rd December 2014 to Wednesday 11th February 2015. If you have any comments you would like to make about the policy please e-mail them to ​Mrs Nunnerley at by Wednesday 11th February 2015


AMPLIUS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION on Saturday 13th December at 7.30pm at Counterslip Baptist Church.  do go along if you can. There will be a collection for the Crisis at Christmas Centre


CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: The little postcard in the narthex and given out at the end of Mass this weekend is designed so that you can hand them out to family, friends and neighbours just to spread the word! Be bold and take a couple to hand around, drawing folk into the celebration of Christmas here at St Bernadette’s. This is a great witness and often the simple encouragement that some need to come back across our threshold.


DIOCESAN DIACONAL STUDENTS are here next Saturday. During the Saturday morning Mass one of the students, David Hebbes, will be instituted into the Ministry of Reader. Do keep our students in your prayers.


CHRISTMAS FLOWER COLLECTION is taken next weekend. Please do give as generously as you always do.

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