First Sunday of Advent Year C - 2nd December 2018

Our liberation from FEAR - Fear is the most crippling of emotions and there is much in life to make us fearful. We lack integrity because we are afraid to be ourselves, But today we lift up our souls to Christ who come to deliver us from fear. We can stand erect, heads held high and live in confidence.

Sat 1 Dec



Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Sylvia Carter

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 2 Dec


Nazareth Hse




Mass - Intention - William O'Neill RI.P.

Sunday School and Confirmation Group in Church after Mass

Mass Special Intention - - For priests and priestly vocations

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday of each month

Mon 3


Mass -Special Intention - Ester Norohna St Francis Xavier

Tues 4



Service of the Word and Holy Communion

Ladies Circle - Church Room

Wed 5


Mass - Intention - Peter Casey R.I.P. St Birinus

Thurs 6



Mass - Intention - Purchase Naughton R.I.P.

Advent Service

Fri 7




Mass - Special Intention - Chris O'Leary St Ambrose

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Mothers Prayer Group in the Church Room - No meeting in December.

Sat 8



Vigil Mass - Special Intention - John Quartermaine

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 9


Nazareth Hse





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

Sunday School and Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - Tony Xaviour

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.

Collections 24/25 November -Thank you.

Env £201.40 Loose £188.83 Cafod £55.35

Standing orders £160.77

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.

Royal Marsden Hospital & Breast Friends Thanks for your support almost £2000 has been raised. Thanks for your donations but above all thanks for you love and prayers for Emma - please keep on praying.

Barbara & Peter Jordan


In preparation for Christmas an

Advent Rosary will be prayed at 9.10am

Monday to Thursday before morning Mass

starting on Monday 3rd December.

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 6th - 13th - 20th December

From 6pm until 7pm

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

2nd - 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.

Thanks to all who supported the last Fairtrade Stall. We will let you know the outcome next week.

Advent Penitential Service at the Cathedral

On Monday 18thDecember 2018 at 7.00pm.

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.

Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception,

Saturday, 8 December at 11.30am in the Cathedral.

The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, will preside and preach at this Mass when we can also thank God for graces of the past year and renew our commitment to prayer and to responding to God's call to each of us.

Bishop Peter hopes that clergy and representatives from

all our parishes can join him on this occasion.

Priesthood Vocations Weekend

14th -16th December

Northampton Cathedral

Please contact Fr Mark Floody 01604 714556 or

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Sunday School and Confirmation Groups

Both groups meet after Sunday morning Mass.

As Advent begins we focus the final coming of Christ. Whatever troubles befall us Christ assures us of his presence. For us the call is to faith and courage as we prepare to meet the Lord. We are told to stand erect, and hold our heads up high. Lord Jesus, grant us the strength and love we need to face life's troubles and to help others through their tough times

Scripture Readings 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C

Jeremiah 33:14-16; Ps 24(25); 1 Thess 3:12 - 4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36)

A few weeks ago we heard Jeremiah promising the deliverance of his people. This week he describes how this hope will be realised, even though Jerusalem and the Temple had been destroyed. A descendant of David will bring honesty, integrity and security to Israel.

Jeremiah's complex writings changed Jewish expectations from a single Day of Judgement to a gradual process: an initial time of suffering, then an in-between period. This was identified by early Christians as now, after Christ's death had inaugurated the New Covenant, while we await the promised completion in Christ's second coming.

These rather mild verses from the psalm fail to show its directness: "In your kindness, recall me - You".
The earliest New Testament writing, Paul wrote this first letter to the Thessalonians from Corinth, probably in 51 AD, where Timothy had brought news of the Thessalonian church's progress. Paul prays that the Lord should increase their love for one another, exhorting them to show this love by leading moral lives.

We are starting the year of Luke, but the gospel for the beginning of Advent is from the end of Jesus' ministry, where he warns us to be ready for the end times. Every one of us faces an end time, and we must live our lives as if it comes today.

Psalm Response: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

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Advent is a time of waiting for Christ by purifying our hearts. Christ promised us that he will return in glory to judge the living and the dead.

By his incarnation Jesus united Himself with us. Therefore we are always in union with God. Our union with God must be strengthened through prayer, Sacraments and above all by leading a righteous life of love. At His second coming at the end of the world Jesus brings us the everlasting reward for living a righteous life of love. Blessed be God for ever. Amen