Second Sunday of Advent Year C - 9th December 2018

The Joy of SALVATION - We celebrate the marvels God worked for us in sending us his mercy and forgiveness, and calling us to share his glory.

We await with joyful hope that 'Day of the Lord' when his work in us is complete.

Sat 8 Dec



Vigil Mass - Special Intention - John Quartermaine

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 9 Dec


Nazareth Hse





Mass - Intention - Peter Casey R.I.P. & Jane Carkett R.I.P.

Sunday School and Confirmation Group in Church after Mass

Mass Special Intention - Tomy Xaviour

Malayalam Mass

Mon 10


Mass -Special Intention - Tomy Xaviour

Tues 11






Mass - Special Intention - Tomy Xaviour

Ladies Circle - Wyvale Garden Centre Harlestone Heath (No evening meeting this week)

Catholic Schools Advent Service - All Welcome

Wed 12


Mass - Special Intention - Tomy Xaviour

Thurs 13



Mass - Special Intention - Tomy Xaviour St Lucy

Advent Service

Fri 14




Mass - Intention - Margaret McCaffrey R.I.P. St John of the Cross

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Mothers Prayer - No meeting in December.

Sat 15



Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Alfa Fernandes & Maria Neculaes R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 16



Nazareth Hse





Children's Christingle Mass

Intention - McAloon Family R.I.P. & Special Intention - McKeown Family

Sunday School and Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - Frank Fox R.I.P.

Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm Malayalam Mass

Church - Big Clean - After Morning Mass

Thursday 20 December

Please join us and join the regular rota if you can.

Regular cleaning can be done at any time to suit you - younger recruits most welcome.

Christmas Poinsettias for the Church

If you wish to donate a plant or plants please bring them on the weekend of 22/23 December. Many thanks.

Advent Prayer Intentions

(Especially the given dates)

Migrants & Refugees 3 Dec

The Bishop, Clergy & People of the Diocese 8 Dec

Openness to God's Word 9 Dec

Expectant Mothers 23 December

Advent Rosary at 9.10am

In preparation for Christmas an

Advent Rosary will be prayed at 9.10am

Monday to Thursday before morning Mass

Please come and join us

Advent - A penitential season of preparation for Christmas and the Lord's second coming.

Services of adoration, prayer and scripture readings will be held at St Patrick's on

Thursdays 13th - 20th December

From 6pm until 7pm

Collections 1/2 December -Thank you.

Env £225.50 Loose £290.19 Cafod £23.00

Standing orders £160.77

Duston Churches Together - Food Bank

Families with children receiving free school meals have to cope on their own at Christmas - our Food Bank will offer support and would welcome all donations but

particularly of "treats" for children

who might otherwise miss out.

Advent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

3.00pm - 3.45pm on Sundays

9th - 16th - 23rd December

At the Convent 103 Harlestone Road

A warm welcome to all - The Sisters

Pope Francis' Mission Intention - In the service of the transmission of faith -

We pray that in their dialogue with culture the people involved may find a language appropriate to the present time.

Meditate for Advent

John the Baptist came to prepare the Lord's way. Luke's Gospel details the history of the time and who was in authority. John the Baptist proclaims that history is reaching a time of climax when the salvation of God will be made known. Lord Jesus, help us understand as we celebrate Advent that you came into the world with all the tensions and stresses of life. Help me respond to your coming and to your call to mission.

Sunday School and Confirmation Groups

Both groups meet after Sunday morning Mass.

Advent Penitential Service at the Cathedral

On Monday 18thDecember 2018 at 7.00pm.

Priesthood Vocations NEXT Weekend

14th -16th December

Northampton Cathedral

Please contact Fr Mark Floody 01604 714556

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Preparing for the coming of the Lord

Over two hundred years ago Rabbi Eliezer

told his students that we should all

'reflect on our lives one day before we die'.

The students pointed out to him that we can never know which is the day before the day we die.

'Exactly', Eliezer replied 'that means we should reflect on our lives every day.'

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo, Kitty McKenna, Joan James, Geraldine House, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Doreen & James Coutinho, Bernard Gavins, Ethan A Fernandes, Phil Jacobs Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, Bridie Weir, Sharon Botterill, Jean House, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Winnie & John Kelly, Daniel Butcher, Bernadette Bollard, Margaret Dupry, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Dominic Fernandes, Chris Brady, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Nora McLoughlin, Emma Bonfield, Annie Jacobs, Maurice Roll, Lisa La Porta, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Fr Peter Pham,Kath Craven, Jeremy Wilcox, Linda Lane, baby Ioannis Ferao, Margaret Giltrap

Joe Taitt, Sara Quartermaine

Please tell the clergy of anyone in care, hospital or housebound who would like the sacraments.


         In the first reading Baruch asks the grieving Jerusalem to get ready to see the Lord leading the exile back home.

         Like the Israel we have to come out of the captivity of our sins to the freedom of the children of God by the grace of God in Jesus Christ our saviour.

         We need to transform our hearts.

         Let us create a new heart for the Lord.

         When we allow God to act "Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked path shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth" (Luke 3:5).

         Let us destroy the mountains of pride and arrogance.

         Valleys of omissions and despair.

         Crooked and rough ways of evil and injustice.

Scripture Readings - 2nd Sunday of Advent - Year C

Baruch 5: 1-9; Ps 125(126); Phil 1: 3-6. 8-11; Luke 3: 1-6

The Book of Baruch, was probably written during the second century BC and attributed to Jeremiah's secretary. It deals with problems of Jews permanently exiled in the diaspora. Today's reading offers consolation for refugees, seeing hope for Jerusalem as the mother of all exiles. Realistically it insists that we must come to terms with life where we are. In all ages, families living in exile must find salvation from the living word of God.

The psalm is usually seen as Israel's rejoicing after their return from exile. But it may be more consistently read as an intense visualisation of the future restoration of Israel by the Lord.

Paul wrote the Letter to the Philippians from prison between 55 and 63 AD, addressing it to the "saints, bishops and ministers" of the community. He prays lovingly that their love and knowledge of Christ may increase, so that they dare to proclaim the gospel fearlessly.

For these 3 weeks of Advent we hear from Luke's gospel about preparations for the coming Messiah. Today John the Baptist is positioned in history, proclaiming a baptism of repentance and, like Baruch, quoting from Isaiah. Just as with Elizabeth's greeting on the last Sunday of Advent, Luke firmly links the coming birth to the Old Testament, which it fulfils.

Psalm Response: What Marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

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