Parish of Our Lady and St. Brendan
First Reading: ’Let the wasteland rejoice!’ The prophet invites even nature to join in the joyful anticipation of Go’s presence. As Christians, we know more even than the prophet knew: we know that the promise referred to Christ. May our preparation for his coming truly anticipate a time when ’joy and gladness will go with us and sorrow and lament be ended.’
Second Reading: If Advent is a time of waiting, it is, by the same token, a time of patience. St James urges patience several times in this short reading, and at the centre of his exhortation lies the command and the effect of patience: ’Do not lose heart.’
Gospel: John the Baptist, whom Jesus describes as ’ much more than a prophet,’ greatest of the children of men, sent from his prison cell to ask the plaintive question: ’Are you the one who is to come, or must we wait for another?’ Let us not hesitate to pour out our doubts and our hopes to Christ during this Season of Advent.
Christmas Eve: 6.30pm & 8.30pm.
Christmas Day: 10.00am, 11.15am & 12.30pm.
Please note that the later Mass on Christmas Eve will take place at 8.30pm.
CONFESSION TIMES FOR CHRISTMAS
Penance Service for Christmas will be held on Tuesday, December 17th at 7.30pm.
Confessions (Polish) with Fr. Mario and an other Polish Priest on Saturday Dec. 21st, 10am-12noon and again on Monday, December 23rd, 12-1pm.
Confessions (English) with Priests of the Parish Monday December 24th, 12 noon-1pm & 3pm-4pm.
for sale at the Parish Office. The Vouchers vary from €5, €8, €15, €20, €50 €55, €65, €85, €100, & €150.
Dues envelopes & parish calendars have been distributed to households in the Parish. The second collection on Christmas Day will be the Christmas Dues Collection (Clergy Income). You may return your Christmas Dues Envelope to this collection or you may also give a contribution without using an envelope. Your generous support of the clergy collections during the year is very much appreciated.
This Sun day is Safeguarding Sunday. The purpose of this Sunday is to raise awareness about safeguarding in our parishes and to remind us that each person has a part to play in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Anyone who would like to report a current or past safeguarding concern is advised to contact the Designated Liaison Person for the Diocese on ☎087 6362780. People can also contact Towards Healing, a confidential free counselling service for people who have experienced institutional, clerical or religious abuse. Further information ☎1800 303 416, www.towardshealing.ie
is available during weekend Masses for families with young children. Mass can be viewed on TV screen.
The envelopes for the November lists are being distributed to all households at present. They can be returned at any Mass or to the Parish Office.
Our week of Remembrance for the Dead will take place from Monday November 11th to Friday November 15th, with Mass each evening at 7pm. The Mass on the Friday evening will be offered for all who died since November of last year. If you want to include anyone in the Friday Mass who died outside the parish since last year, please give their names into the Parish Office.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in the Rose Hotel last Tuesday night. We are delighted to announce that we have been included in the Public Buildings/Spaces Category again this year. Many thanks to our staff and also to our parishioners in supporting our work of keeping the grounds litter free.
to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Our Lady & St Brendan’s Church. The Pastoral Parish Council has arranged a Mission to take place from October 18th to October 23rd 2020. Further details at a later date.