SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Today we light the Advent Wreath second candle
Today’s candle represents FAITH. Last week’s first candle represents hope, and the candles for the third and fourth Sundays of Advent represent Joy and Peace. The fifth (white) candle is lit at Christmas to welcome the Christ Child.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Th.ere will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on Wednesdays of Advent
Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent
Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) will be recited after 10.00 am Mass on the Fridays of Advent.
Live-streamed Advent Devotions
Join us via the Parish webcam for live-streamed Christmas Preparation Prayer at 7.30 pm on each Wednesday evening up to 23rd December. Rosary, gospel reading and homily concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 8.15 pm.
Advent Zoom Discussion
Reflection and discussion on following Christ as Brothers and Sisters Together, on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 8.30 pm, December 8th to 22nd. Register by email to receive a link to join each meeting at 7.15 pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent and Christmas Prayers at Home
The Office of Mission and Ministry of the diocese has provided prayers for all of us to use at home including a prayer when decorating the Christmas Tree and a prayer at the Christmas Crib, which can be downloaded from the Diocesan Website.
Because of Covid-19 restrictions it will not be possible to accommodate the usual numbers at our Christmas Masses and it is likely that a place booking and ticket system will be necessary. We ask for your understanding and support. Arrangements will be included in next week’s bulletin.
Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards will be available in the church after Masses. The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23rd, 24th and 25th December.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is not a day of obligation this year, but we will provide the traditional extra Masses. Vigil Mass on Monday at 6.00 pm, Masses on Tuesday at 10.00 am and 6.00 p.m
“Walk with Me,” a journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2020. This excellent booklet is available at the back of the Church (Cost €1.30).
There will be NO 10.00 am Mass on next Saturday 12th December, because of First Holy Communion Masses at 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on that day.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
The Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation for Bunscoil Chríost Rí pupils will be celebrated this week.
Confirmations will be held on Wednesday at 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm and First Holy Communion Masses will take place on Saturday at 11.00 am and 1.00 pm.
Because of Covid-19 restrictions the number of people present in the church for each ceremony will be limited to the pupils receiving the sacrament, their parents and one other person only for each family.
GIVING SUNDAY NEXT WEEKEND: Gifts may be placed at our Santa’s Giving Christmas Tree in the Sanctuary. Instead of toys, we request non-perishable foods to help struggling families. Any of the following items – tea, coffee, sugar, Tayto, chocolates, selection boxes, biscuits, soup, may be placed at the Santa Tree in the Church (no toys). Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will collect them after the Masses.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society Christmas collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.
Diocesan Christmas Carol Service 2020
This year a Carol Service will be streamed from the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne on Sunday 13th December at 7.30pm. Ten choirs (with six members each) will participate from parishes throughout the Diocese via their webcams. We are invited to join in via the Cathedral webcam https://www.corkcathedral.ie/live-stream/. The words of the carols and full order of service can be downloaded from the Diocesan website www.corkandross.org beforehand to enable us and especially our choir members to Join in from their homes.
Altar Decoration for Christmas. Red Poinsettia plants would be much appreciated.
DUTY TO GO TO MASS
Catholics are dispensed from attending Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Those over 70 years and those with underlying health conditions should remain at home where appropriate. Anyone who has symptoms of any sickness (even mild symptoms) should not attend the public celebration of Mass
from Fr Donal Neary SJ
There’s a family expectancy on the air about Christmas, people looking forward to the celebrations just now and hoping within covid restrictions they can happen in some way. Even if we dread bits of Christmas, and many do, we know that there is something very good about it. We look forward to it, as we look forward to the visit of someone we love.
The people at Jesus’ time were like that – looking forward to the ‘one who is to come’. It would all take time, and the last of the messengers was John the Baptist. His mother would await his birth with huge expectation.
He preached forgiveness. This is one of the special gifts of God, and one of the big celebrations of Advent. We are a forgiven people, and we welcome the forgiveness of God in our repentance. This means we are firstly grateful for forgiveness, that we do not have to carry forever the burden of sin, meanness and our faults and failings. God covers them over in mercy. The second step of welcoming forgiveness is to try to do better in life – to move on from this sinfulness and meanness to a life of care, compassion, love and joy. It is a call and a challenge to forgive others.
Advent is not complete without some admission of sin and our need for mercy. The parish celebrations, even in some restricted forms, of the sacrament of Penance in common or individually is step which makes our celebration of Christmas complete.
For this week: say the angelus on wakening, at noon and at 6 p.m.
May our good and gracious God have mercy on us all,
forgive us our sins
and lead us to everlasting life.
Donal Neary SJ.