Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Advent

Posted 12th December 2009 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to our Liturgies on this the Third Sunday of Advent which is called “Gaudete” Sunday or rejoicing Sunday. With all that is happening in our Church there can appear to be little to rejoice about but in terms of our faith there is much to celebrate. In these days of Advent we are remembering the waiting that the people of God endured as they watched for the coming of the promised Messiah. On this Third Sunday we see that the time of waiting is nearly over. There is a sense of expectancy in the readings of our Mass.

Penitential Service

This expectancy is signified by the lighting of our third candle on our Advent Wreath, the pink candle. The Feast of Christ’s birth is very near indeed. I am sure, like myself, you are all busy with the practical arrangements for Christmas but we are asked to slow down for a moment and remind ourselves what is the cause of our joy; the birth of the Saviour. As a preparation for Christmas many people like to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession and a reminder that we will celebrate our Parish Penitential Service this Wednesday, 16th December at 8.00pm.

Confirmation Classes

We extend a special welcome to the boys and girls preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They have a preparation Mass at the 12.30pm Family Mass. As a parish community we are praying for you, that your time of waiting for the gift of the Holy Spirit will be a time filled with prayer and coming to a better knowledge of who the person of Jesus Christ really is. In that way your faith in Him will last you throughout your adult life and will be a support to you in all that you do.

Carol Service

Many people have been preparing for our Carol Service on Sunday evening at 7.00pm in the Church. Come along to join in the singing of your favourite carols and remember the reason for our joy.

P.S. The local conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be taking up their annual collection today and I know I don’t have to ask you to be as generous as you can. Many families who never thought they would have to do so, have need of the services of the St. Vincent de Paul this year.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

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