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 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.
Carol Service Today at 5.00pm
Our now annual Advent Carol Service will take place this evening. Do make sure to come along. You can hear the Parish Choir along with the choirs of our 5 Parish Primary schools this evening singing your favourite carols. A lot of work has been put in by everyone in getting ready for this evening’s Service, so do show your appreciation by coming along and lending your support. A collection in support of both Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital will be taken up during the service.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tomorrow is the 8th December and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is no Vigil Mass for the Feast Day as the Sundays of Advent take precedence. The Mass time here will be:
10.00am Holy Trinity Church Donaghmede
In our sister parish of St Paul’s Church Ayrfield, Mass is at 11.00am; and in St Monica’s Edenmore there will be Mass at 7.30pm Monday evening. Please note there will be no Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament tomorrow Monday because of the Holy Day.