9th December 2012 – 2nd Sunday of Advent (C)

Lighting the 2nd Candle of Wreath:
Lord God, you chose John the Baptist to prepare your people for the  coming of the Saviour.
He greeted Jesus, the Lamb of God, and showed the world its Redeemer.
As we prepare for Christmas help us to straighten out our lives.
With your grace may we renew our hearts,  overcome our sins and give greater welcome to Jesus who is among us.  We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Anticipating the coming of Jesus, John the Baptist cried “prepare the way of the Lord.”  As we prepare a way for the Lord in our lives, we may reflect on what our attitudes to Christmas and indeed to life should be.  John preached repentance, a changing of attitudes from selfishness to generosity.  Our Advent preparation should include striving for honesty and integrity. God comes to make a change for the better, to rescue us from sin, fear, unhappiness and death.  And the Baptist tells us: “be content.”  An attitude of contentment may not be in tune with our consumerist society, but it does bring happiness and the freedom to enjoy what we have. Jesus tells us that life is more than food and clothes, more than material goods. We pray for an attitude of acceptance of God’s salvation, of the message of Christ, so that our prayer may be from a thankful heart, grateful and gracious.  We pray for Christmas joy and peace, and that the peace of God will renew our attitudes and guard our hearts.   

Pastoral Letter from Bishop John Buckley on the Right to Life.
Following the Statement issued by the Irish Bishops’ Conference this week on the report to Government of the Expert Group dealing with possible changes to Irish Law relating to abortion, Bishop Buckley has written a short Pastoral Letter dealing with the issues raised.  This will be read in  its entirety, without omission or addition  at all Masses this weekend. Copies are available in the Church at all masses and will be available from the Sacristy during the week.
Full text of Bishop's Pastoral : http://turnerscross.com/smf/index.php?topic=816.msg823#msg823

The Choose Life Website : www.chooselife2012.ie.webloc

Parish Assembly:  Meeting on this Mon.11th Dec. in Parish Centre at 8pm.  Agenda for meeting can be collected in Sacristy.

Like other years would you like to donate a Red Poinsettia Pot Plant  to decorate the altar for Christmas

The Alzheimer Society Meeting For Carers  Unfortunately there will be no Carer Support meeting taking place in December.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society: Monthly meeting in the Parish Centre this Tues. 11th Dec. after the 10am Mass.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards are available after Masses this weekend 8/9th Dec.  in the Parish Office.  The Triduum of Masses will be offered  on the 23/24/25 Dec.

Christmas  Masses:  Christmas Eve: 6pm & 10pm.  Christmas Day: 9am, 10am  12noon (note extra Mass at 9am)

Penitential Rites: (Confessions)  22nd & 23rd December

Give yourself a gift of Peace this Advent
On the Wednesdays of Advent there will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after the 10am Mass until 11am.

Christmas gifts with a difference.
Last year there was a very good response to the Gift with a difference. You can purchase one of the Trocaire gifts  and get the card to sent or give to a friend. They are available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly this and coming weekends.  This Christmas change someone's world for the better with a Trócaire Gift.

T&YouCat : Our third gathering for young adults (18-35) to come for tea and sandwiches at 5:30pm on Thur Dec. 13th followed by an hour discussion and reflection using the You Cat book – the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Venue: the Pastoral Development Office in Ballyphehane.  Contact: Fr Charlie 4537603
The Parish Assembly will be ordering copies from Veritas (€10 reduced rate). Give your name to the Sacristy.  An excellent book that will last you a lifetime.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers  John Paul Harris, O’Connell Ave. & Joan Hurley late of Evergreen Rd.  who died recently. We extend  our sympathy to their families.

Parish Calendars:  We would appreciate if area collectors would collect the remaining  2013 Calendars together with copies of Bishop Buckley’s Pastoral Letter on the Year of Faith to distribute to their area

Credit Union: The Annual General Meeting of Comhar Creidmheasa Chriost Ri Teoranta will be held in Bunscoil Chriost Ri (Old Boys School Hall ) on Monday 17th December 2012 at 8.00 pm.

Biblical Reflections
on the Eucharist conclude with Mass in the Parish Centre at 8 pm on Wed. 12th Dec.

10th, 11th and 12th December
Please join us for Evening Prayer of the Church (Vespers) followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of Christ the King from 7.30 pm to 7.50 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (second week of Advent).