20th December 2015 – 4th Sunday of Advent (C)

4-ADVENTLighting the 4th Candle of Advent Wreath
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the 4th candle  of our Advent wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise  to bring us salvation. Advent is a time for reconciliation.  Jesus comes to us and gives us His peace and joy when we receive his forgiveness and mercy. We ask his help, guidance and forgiveness as we prepare for our Christmas  Confession.  Amen



Christmas Penitential Services this weekend after 6pm vigil, 10am & 12 noon Masses.     A number of priests will be with us for Confessions. We have an opportunity of preparing for the birthday of Jesus. We come together in faith as a community to celebrate God’s forgiveness. None of  us is without sin. We are all in need of forgiveness. God knows   that deep down in our hearts we want to turn back to him. God offers us this most wonderful gift, that is the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.   Pope Francis said recently “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message”

 Christmas Masses: Christmas Eve: 6.00 & 10.00pm. Christmas Day: 9.00 am, 10.00 am  &12 noon (note extra Mass at 9.00 am). St. Stephen’s Day (Saturday)  Mass 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Vigil Mass. Sunday 27th Feast of the Holy Family 10.00 am & 12.00 noon.

Confession: each morning this week after the 10am Mass and on Christmas Eve after the 10am & 6pm Masses and from 11.30am to 12.30pm

 Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Advent after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am

 Altar Decoration for Christmas: If you would like to give a Red Poinsettia plant to decorate the Altar for Christmas, it would be much appreciated

 The Vincent de Paul Society. Thank the Children and Adults for their generosity at the Santa Giving Tree last weekend, Your kindness is much appreciated.

 Our Parish Calendar is ready. It would be great is the area collectors would help to distribute them. They are in the Sacristy.  Many thanks.

 Visitation of Sick:  Fr. Kerry & Billy will visit sick & housebound this Monday & Tuesday 21st & 22nd December at the usual times

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

 Credit Union:  The Annual General Meeting of Comhar Creidmheasa Chriost Ri Teoranta  will be held in the Hall that was The Girls Primary School Hall on Mon. 21st Dec. at 8.00 pm

 Christmas gifts with a difference: You can purchase a Trocaire gift and get a card to send or give to a friend, available at the back of the Church from Parish Assembly members after Mass. This Christmas change someone’s world for the better with a Trócaire Gift.  The response so far has been very good.

 Public Morning Prayer will be celebrated on Tuesday, in the church after 10.00 am Mass (please note that evening prayer will not be celebrated on Tuesday).

Minister of Eucharist & Word can collect their Rota in the Sacristy and their Missal for 2016