Thought for the Week
The third Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday” because the Mass for today (in its original Latin text), begins with the opening antiphon: “Gaudete in Domino semper” --“Rejoice in the Lord always.” To remind ourselves that we are preparing for the very joyful occasion of the birth of Jesus, we light the rose candle, and the priest wears rose vestments. The common theme of the day’s Scripture readings is one of joy and encouragement. The readings urge us to make the preparations required from us as we await the rebirth of Jesus in our hearts and lives. The prophet Isaiah, Mary and John the Baptist all bear joyful witness to what God has done and will do for his people. I once described John the Baptist as the Saint of Second Chances, the one calling us to get ourselves right with God and turn our lives in another direction. He’s a radical reminder that we can change. We can start anew. John’s hand reaches out to pull us to something better. Are we willing to grab hold? Fr David
We have produced an ADVENT NEWSLETTER - To download please click the following link, Advent Newsletter 2014
Our Christmas Schedule - (Click here to enlarge)
We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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Something Different For Advent
"Something Different for Advent" - An Advent DIY Retreat for busy people. Each of the 4 Saturday's of Advent we'll post the reflection sheet for that week - On them there simple and practical suggestions, reflections, actions, based on the Sunday Gospel. Feel free to use, share & pass on. Why not try it yourself and gift yourself 5 minutes each day in your preparations for Christmas!! Hope you enjoy it.
To download the reflections each week click the link below -
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52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531