First Sunday of Advent - 1st December 2019


today we rejoice that the light of our long pilgrimage to the new Jerusalem will soon be over - the Lord's unending day is coming - in the words of Isaiah we see 'the mountain of the temple of the Lord'. Let us wake up and stand ready,

Sat 30 November



Vigil Mass - Intention - Julia O'Leary R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 1 December


Nazareth Hse



11.00 am

Mass - Special Intention - Mary & Jimmy Cooper (Diamond Wedding)

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Intention - Nora Doherty R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Fourth Sunday each month

Monday 2

9.30 am

Mass - Special Intention - Jacobs Family & Intention Joan Noronha R.I.P.

Tuesday 3

Church Room



Mass - Spl Int - McKeown Family & Int Estefania Noronha R.I.P. St Francis Xavier

Ladies Circle - Christmas Bingo

Wednesday 4


Mass - Special Intention - Christine O'Leary

Thurs 5


Mass - Intention - Desderata La Porta R.I.P.

Fri 6

9.30 am


Mass - Intention - Vita Anello R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - followed by Adoration

Mothers' Prayer Group - Church Room - Third Friday each moth @1.45pm

Sat 7



Vigil Mass - Intention - John Zammit R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 8


Nazareth House





Mass - Special Intention - Mai Kneafsey

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Intention -Morris Jacobs R.I.P.

We welcome in Baptism Jacob William Still - please pray for him and his family

Malayalam Mass - Fourth Sunday of each month at 4pm.

Scripture Readings 1st Sunday of Advent - Year A Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 121(122); Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

During advent the first readings are from first Isaiah, mostly composed before 700 BC, a period when Israel was under attack from Assyria. Isaiah is critical of attempts by Israel's kings to control their destiny - he urges them to place their faith and trust in God, and in His promises to David. But God might use Israel's enemies to cleanse his people.

Nevertheless the people will survive through a remnant, like a stump of a tree, from which will come an ideal ruler in the future. In today's reading Isaiah looks forward to a peaceful time when all nations will be attracted by Israel's behaviour to accept God's authority, centred on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

The Psalm celebrates arriving in Jerusalem, goal of pilgrims and seat of government.
In his letter to the Romans Paul has been drawing out the implications of his image of Christians as all parts of one body. Since we are therefore dependant on each other we have a duty of love for each other. Judgement will come at any time, so we must live at all times as if all our actions are visible to all.

In Matthew's gospel, speaking on Mount Olivet just before the Last Supper, Jesus reinforces the need to "stay awake", ready for the Lord's coming.
Psalm Response: I rejoiced when I heard them say: Let us go to God's house".

Advent Prayer - Reflection & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - 3.00pm Sunday at the Convent 103 Harlestone Road. All are welcome - The Sisters.

Advent - My Day By Day

Salvation is Now and To Come

A Book of Daily scripture readings & prayers to guide us through Advent. £1 - At the back of Church

Safe Haven Northampton - to help a refugee family

Pope Francis said, "May every parish, take in one family." Difficult - but we want to make a start - so are joining with a scheme at St Gregory's.

We start with a Christmas Raffle

Only 200 tickets - £1 each

Plenty of Prizes

Please give this your full support.

Draw Next Sunday after Mass,

REAL Christmas Cards are available from the table at the back of Church.

Collections -23/24 November - Thank you

Env £191.50 Loose £343.86 S/orders £166.77

Catholic Schools Advent Service - All welcome

11 December 6pm at the Cathedral

Pope Francis' Mission Intention for December

May every country take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering, a priority.

Forthcoming Baptisms

8 December - Jacob William Still

21 December - Sebastian Rex Grant Gifford (USA) Please pray for them & their families.

Peter Harrison R.I.P.

Peter - who served us as an organist for

many years - passed away last weekend.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family and friends

We await details of his Funeral arrangements,

Please Pray For The Sick

Ann Wilson, Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Chris Brady, Jean House, Kitty McKenna, Joe Taitt, Phil Jacobs, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Bridie Weir, Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, James Coutinho, Sharon Botterill, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Daniel Butcher, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Linda Lane, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Annie Jacobs, Enzina D'Eramo, Nora McLoughlin, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Fr Peter Pham, Kath Craven, Nancy Hughes, Jeremy Wilcox, Sara Quartermaine, Bess Priestnall, Maureen Sims. Margaret Giltrap. May God give them his grace.

Please let the clergy know of any parishioner

in hospital, housebound or in care

who would like to receive the sacraments

Meditate - Be awake!

Is Jesus' invitation at the start of the Church Year - just as Noah was alert to the Lord's promptings and saved his family and the rest of humanity by being different - so too we are also called to walk with God in the world..

Prayer - God of history, you want us all to be saved. Inspire in us the right attitudes so that we may have you as our companion throughout life.

Rededication of England to Mary - 29 March 2020

To prepare we are asked to pray the Angelus -

in personal prayer and at Mass -

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail Mary
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Cafod - Our Cash for Trash Sack raised £20.50. Please help fill the new sack - Thanks - Sister Pat

Pour forth, we beseech Thee,

O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.

Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Pastoral Letter - Advent & the Year of TheWord

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I remember playing at home with my brother when there was a knock at the door. It was some earnest people with a bible in their hands. My brother told them to go away because Catholics did not believe in the Bible! Where he got that idea from, I do not know, but we went straight back to our game of snooker.

I wonder what part the Bible plays in your life. 84% of us hear the Bible in church. Far from being something Catholics do not believe in, the Bible is the precious Word of God. It is the way God speaks to you and to me today. In the Gospel, it is Jesus speaking to us. That is why we stand for the Gospel, why we sign our foreheads, our lips and our hearts at the beginning of the Gospel, why the priest or the deacon venerates the Gospel at the end of the reading. Because Jesus' Word is alive and active, it enables us to tell others about him.

At the beginning of a new year in the life of the Church, the Church in England and Wales is launching the Year of the Word with the title, "The God Who Speaks". The official launch in our own Diocese is this coming Saturday at our Patronal Festival Mass in honour of Our Lady Immaculate. It would be great if you could join me at the Mass in The Cathedral - 11 am this Saturday, 7 December.

Some parishes have already had courses for their readers of the Word and will be having a commissioning of readers next Sunday. Other parishes are hoping to do this during Lent. Also, there will be a Diocesan Scripture Festival at Thornton on

6 June 2020.

For you and for me I hope that the Year of the Word can be an Advent gift as we unwrap the Word of God and listen more attentively to God speaking to us.

Linked in with that, I also hope that we can unwrap another Advent gift in our homes, the gift of devotion.

Perhaps we can put our Bible in a special place, and each day light a candle, listen to a short reading of God's holy Word, and pray together.

In the Gospel on this first Sunday of Advent, Jesus calls us to stay awake, to live our lives happily and holily in readiness for his second coming, as we prepare to celebrate his first coming this Christmas in the stable in Bethlehem.

What better way can we do that than by celebrating God's Word worthily at Mass, living God's Word in our daily lives, and sharing God's Word with family and friends and people who know nothing about Jesus.

By the way, my brother, who shooed off the people who knocked at the door, is now a much better Catholic than I am! Peter - Bishop of Northampton

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