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Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

14 December 2014 – Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday


THIS SUNDAY: So who is coming? This Sunday’s readings help to answer that question. John the Baptist is asked about the coming of the Messiah – is it him? He affirms his role as ‘a witness to speak for the light’, by pointing to the one who stands among the crowd unknown to them who is coming after him. This idea is present in the First Reading, where Isaiah proclaims what the ‘anointed one’ (Messiah in Hebrew) will do, and the joy that this will bring. It is interesting that the Psalm appointed for this Sunday is the Magnificat – Mary’s song of praise at the announcement that the Messiah would be born of her – in which she sings of the works of the coming Messiah. Paul then reminds us that we are still waiting patiently: ‘God has called you, and he will not fail you.’ This is why, on this ‘Gaudete‘ Sunday, we as God’s people rejoice in his care, made visible in his promises, fulfilled in Jesus.


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, 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. The Bishop comes to our parish to confirm these young men and women on Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 7.00pm.


FIRST COMMUNION: Do keep the youngster in your 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, William Morley, Hugh Murphy, Martha Peacey, Kieran Quirke, Rahul Rajesh, Steve & Ann Siby Stephen, Airen Thomas, Libby Sims, Karishma Tom, Larissa & Brianne Wright. They take a break now until 10th January. They come to be presented with the gift of the scriptures on the Sunday, 11th – the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.


BIG CHURCH CLEAN FOR CHRISTMAS takes place on Monday 22 December from 9.45am onwards. 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.


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. The gifts will be taken down to the Boarderlands charity, at St Nick’s, in time for Christmas.


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. We’ll begin at 4.00pm THIS Sunday (14 December) in the Church and there will be refreshments in the hall afterwards.


CHRISTMAS MASSES: Christmas Eve – 6.30pm and 12.00am; Christmas Day – 8.30am and 10.30am.


VESPERS: Next Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Evening Prayer is at 4pm. New Year’s Eve Evening Prayer and our ‘farewell’ in thanksgiving to 2014 at 5.00pm.


AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONFESSIONS: As well as this coming Saturday, of course, there will be opportunity to prepare oneself for Christmas by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 December from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. Do come and ‘get ready’ for Christmas.


200 CLUB DRAW: 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’. The December Grand Draw will take place at the end of the Crib Service this Sunday afternoon.


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


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.


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


BLESSING OF THE BAMBINOS: Don’t forget to bring the baby from your crib at home when you come to Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. As they are blessed by placing them in front of the altar, so we pray that the blessing we receive is a blessing we take to our homes and to those we love.


SECONDARY SCHOOL ADVENT SERVICE: This coming Wednesday at 7.00pm in the school.


PRIMARY SCHOOL MASS for the end of this term this coming Friday (in school) at 10.00am.


CLERK TO GOVERNORS needed at St Pius X school as soon as possible. Contact school on 0117 377 2165 for info.

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