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It’s Advent…

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches,

It’s Advent – a new Church year. The season’s themes point us to the future, and we are invited to prepare not just for the great feast of December 25 .

This first Sunday we also prepare for the great Second Coming of Christ, and so find ourselves “in between”. We are in between the first and second advents of Jesus. Our faith rooted in the first gives us great expectation of the second, and a firm and clear route to get from the one to the other – the road of the Gospel.

As the Year of the Word moves to its conclusion, let us set out on this royal road with renewed faith and conviction.

Fr Matthew

Doing Advent

Celebrate  – Why not try to join in the celebration of an extra weekday Mass?
Reconcile – Confession is available at the normal times on Saturday (10am at St Brigid’s, 5.30 at St Paul’s, 5.45 at Christ the King). We are once again part of the diocesan “The Light is On” project, so there will also be a priest at St Brigid’s and Christ the King on Wednesday 3rd and 17th at 7.00-7.30pm, and also at most other Catholic churches. On Wednesday 10th December “The Light Is On” will take the form of our 3 Churches Advent Penitential Service 7.00pm at Christ the King.
Call in St Paul’s and St Brigid’s are open most of daylight. Christ the King now open Fridays 6.30-7pm during Junior Youth Club.
Read Take a “Walk with me” booklet to follow during the season. Available in all 3 Churches.
Log on Follow “Made for Glory” – a thought on video for each day of Advent made by young people, including some from our diocese www.youtube.com/user/madeforgloryuk  Every day visit “Sacred Space” an online daily prayer throughout the year at  ww.sacredspace.ie
Reflect We will use this prayer after Communion this Sunday; use it through the week too!

Lord Jesus, 
Open our hearts and minds to the truth, 
that You will return when we least expect it. 
And, as we begin our Advent journey, 
Help us to accept Your challenge
to stay awake, to be alert and 
to be prepared for the unexpected as we wait for Your coming.
Move us to respond to Your plan, for us
and for the world in the small acts of our everyday lives.
Arouse in us a desire to notice opportunities
to be generous 
and to be compassionate towards those we know and those we do not know.
And give us the confidence to joyfully share the message of Your love with others.

Fr Matthew