Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Advent - Gaudete Sunday

Posted 13th December 2014 in Pastor's Desk

gaudeteWelcome everyone to Mass on this the Third Sunday of Advent which is also known as Gaudete Sunday or Sunday of Joy. Today we light the Rose coloured candle on our Advent wreath. Our joy is because we are beginning the third week of this short four week season, our time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas is getting shorter. Christ is very near.

John the Baptist is once again the central character of our Gospel today and we hear very clearly that he was sent by God as a witness to Christ. In a world that was indifferent, John began his mission of witnessing to his faith. Our Readings remind us that we too are called to by God to witness to our faith in Jesus in today’s world. So many people wish to have hope in their lives today with all that is happening, and we have an opportunity to bring the hope of our faith to them. In these last weeks of Advent let each of us recognise that we are sent by God to witness to our personal faith and so offer hope to those around us.

Advent Penitential Service

Our Penitential Service with individual Confession will be celebrated this coming Tuesday, 16th December at 7.30pm in the Church. As is usual, we will invite priests from the surrounding parishes to assist us in celebrating this wonderful Sacrament of God’s forgiveness and compassion. Advent is about preparing for Christmas, and there is no better way than celebrating the forgiveness of our sins as a community of believers and once again turning our lives in the direction that the Lord wants.

Parish Carol Service

We had a wonderful candlelit Advent Carol Service last Sunday. Great work was put in by the school choirs of our parish and also by our own Parish Choir who sing at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass. The church was packed and the collection in aid of the Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital came to a very generous €985. Our thanks go to all for their generosity and to the singers, musicians and musical director, Lorraine Mack, for making it so special.

Fr. Eoin

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