Pastor's Desk: Second Sunday of Advent
Welcome everyone to the Second Sunday of Advent. John the Baptist is the central character of our Gospel today. John had the role of preparing a way for the Lord. Jesus was baptised by John and began his public Ministry when John had been arrested. John sums up what Advent is all about, we are called to prepare a way for the Lord into our lives. Take down the obstacles that prevent Jesus from being more a part of our lives. Pope Francis in his exhortation Evangelii Gaudium says, “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord.’” Let us pray that we will experience that Joy this Advent.
We congratulate our Parish Choir who sing at the 6.30pm Saturday Vigil Mass on winning a Distinction last weekend in the Kenmare Choir competition. That is the second year in a row they have won something. Well done!
You can hear the choir along with the choirs of our 5 Parish Primary schools this Sunday evening singing your favourite carols in our annual Carol Service which begins at 5.00pm. The Carol Service will also feature a string quartet in what promises to be a most enjoyable hour of festive music and singing. A lot of work has been put in by everyone in getting ready for this Service, so do show your appreciation by coming along and lending your support. A collection in support of our Parish Pastoral Centre Fund will be taken up during the service.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Normally we celebrate the above feast day on the 8th of December but as it falls on a Sunday this year, the Second Sunday of Advent takes precedence over it. The Feast Day is therefore transferred this year to Monday 9th, but is not a Holy Day of Obligation to attend Mass. For those in a position to join us, we will celebrate the Feast at the 10.00am Monday morning Mass.