December 23rd 2007 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Forgiveness It is good to give and receive gifts.  God also gives us many gifts freely and abundantly. One of these is the gift of forgiveness.  It's fair to say that all of us have done something or said something that we regret. Deep within our hearts we know we have let God down.  But whatever we have done should not be an excuse to throw in the towel. This is most certainly the case with God. God's love and forgiveness knows no bounds especially at Christmas time.  Lord, I am sorry for the times when I have closed the door on you. Grant me forgiveness and pardon. As I prepare for confession before Christmas may it be a time for me to come closer to you and experience your gentle healing and forgiveness in my life. 

Christmas Penitential Services & Confession Times This weekend 22/23rd Dec. after 6pm, 9am, 10.30am & 12 noon A number of priests will be available for confessions.  There will also be Confessions on Mon. 24th (Christmas Eve) after 10am Mass and 12 noon

Christmas Masses Christmas Eve. 24th Dec.: 6pm (The O'Connor Family will lead us in the singing of carols). 
10 pm: Mass & Blessing of Crib. (Parish Choir). Christmas Day 9am, 10.30am Children Mass (Parish Choir),  12 noon.

Prayer around the Christmas Tree and Crib Go to the Parish website  and you will find these prayers.

Death We remember in our prayers Ellen Kiely, Kiely's Shop, Turner's Cross, who died recently in her 100th Year. May she rest in peace. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Flowers Our thanks to all who donated Poinsettia Pot Plants to decorate our altar for Christmas. Much appreciated.

Priests Collection The Collection taken at the Masses on Christmas Eve  6pm, 10pm and Christmas Day is for the Priests of the Parish. There will be only one collection. This collection, with the Spring & Autumn Dues, are the primary source of income for the Priests of the Parish.

St. Stephen's Day 26th Dec.  Mass at 10 am. For remainder of the  week Mass at usual time 10 am. Feast of the Holy Family Sunday 30th Dec.  Weekend masses as usual. Feast of Mary Mother of God Tuesday 1st Jan.  World Day of Prayer for Peace, Mass 10am

Christmas Raffle Our congratulations to Lena O'Connell, Fr. Matthew Rd. the winner of the Christmas Hamper. Our thanks to those who donated items for the Hamper, to those who sold the lines, to Duane's Shop, the Credit Union and all those who supported the Raffle in aid of The Church Grounds Fund. Many thanks. 

The Diary of the Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land last October is on the Parish Website: