4th Sunday of Advent 18th December 2011

Services for the week

  • SUNDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • MONDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • TUESDAY: Communion Service 10.00 am
  • WEDNESDAY: Communion Service 10.00 am Mass 7.00 pm
  • THURSDAY Mass 10.00 am Mass and Novena 7.00 pm
  • FRIDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • CHRISTMAS EVE: Mass 10.00 am. Carols at 11.30 pm. followed by Midnight Mass

Please note there will be NO Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm on Christmas Eve and Masses on Christmas Day (next Sunday) will be at 8.30am and 10.00 am

CONFESSIONS: Christmas Eve, from 11.00 to 12 Noon

Notices

Collections: The Offertory collection last weekend realized £525.43, and the second collection, £84.75. Grateful thanks to all contributors.

Thank you to the Music and Movement Group for a further donation of £25

Congratulations to Sarah-Jane Williams and Craig Paterson, who were married here last week. May they enjoy many years of happy married life.

In your charity, please remember: David Clelland, Rona Forrest, Michelle Orr and all the sick and housebound. Margaret Thomson, Jim Vallance, Jimmy White and Elizabeth Williamson, whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Mass Intentions

  • VIGIL: Elizabeth Williamson
  • SUNDAY: People of the Parish
  • MONDAY: Jim Prior
  • WEDNESDAY: Annette Dunn
  • THURSDAY: Kathleen O’Kane (morning) Fr Prior (evening)
  • FRIDAY: Jim Vallance
  • SATURDAY: Paddy Duffy

On Sale Today:

  • The Diocesan Directory for 2012…… Price £2
  • Special Christmas edition of the Scottish Catholic Observer also costs £2

The following is an extract from Pope Benedict’s speech, after lighting the Christmas Tree at Gubbio on 7th December:-

“ My first wish, therefore, is that our gaze, that of our minds and our hearts, not rest only on the horizon of this world, on its material things, but that it in some way, like the Christmas tree that tends upward, be directed toward God. God never forgets us but He also asks that we don’t forget Him. The Gospel recounts that, on the holy night of Christ’s birth, a light enveloped the shepherds, announcing a great joy to them: the birth of Jesus, the One who brings us light, or better, the One who is the true light that illuminates all.

My second wish is that we recall that we also need a light to illumine the path of our lives and to give us hope, especially in this time in which we feel so greatly the weight of difficulties, of problems, of suffering, and it seems that we are enshrouded in a veil of darkness. But what light can truly illuminate our hearts and give us a firm and sure hope? It is the Child whom we contemplate on Christmas, in a poor and humble manger, because He is the Lord who draws near to each of us and asks that we receive Him anew in our lives, asks us to want Him, to trust in Him, to feel His presence, that He is accompanying us, sustaining us, and helping us.

My final wish is that each of us contribute something of that light to the spheres in which we live: our families, our jobs, our neighbourhoods, towns, and cities. That each of us be a light for those who are at our sides; that we leave aside the selfishness that, so often, closes our hearts and leads us to think only of ourselves; that we may pay greater attention to others, that we may love them more. Any small gesture of goodness is like one of the lights of this great tree: together with other lights it illuminates the darkness of the night, even of the darkest night”.

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