Bulletin 3 December 2023

What Is Advent?

Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent. The word ‘Advent’ is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning ‘coming’. By the 6th century Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the ‘coming’ they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming at the end of time. The Advent season was not explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas until the Middle Ages.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Next Friday, 8th December is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady with Mass at 10.00 am

Sacrament of Penance will be offered after all Masses the weekend of 16/17 December, a most appropriate preparation for Christmas.

Christmas Cards Shared Mass Cards are available from this weekend at the office inside the main entrance to the Church. The parish is indebted to Mrs Margaret Barry for this service.

Coffee Morning Our next coffee morning will take place this Tuesday after the 10.00 Mass in the Parish Centre across from the side door of the Church. All are most welcome.

First Wednesday Novena prayers to Our Lady next Wednesday at 10.00 am. Thanks to the Legion of Mary for providing this service.

Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party takes place in Nemo Rangers on Sunday December 10th at 3.00 pm. All senior citizens are welcome to attend and the afternoon is free. The meal will be followed by music and dancing. Just book in by ringing Nemo at 021 4291038 before 5th December.

Parish Assembly Next meeting on Monday, 11th December, at 8.00 pm.