Sunday 5th December 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Advent
The Synod on Synodality: Preparing to journey together
Pope Francis has called the entire People of God to journey together! This invitation isn’t just for Bishops or Clergy it is an invitation to every Baptised person – all the People of God. The Synodal process invites each one of us – the People of God – to recall that we journey together as a community of faith. As we walk on our journey of faith we are called to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to one another.
On this second week of Advent, we reflect on John the Baptist; a voice calling in the wilderness. There are many people who feel that their voice is in the wilderness and isn’t heard by the Church. This week let us prayerfully look around our Parish Community and reflect on whose voice may not be heard and how we might accompany people on their faith journey with the compassion, love, and mercy that Jesus asks of us. This week we encourage you to pray with this prayer:
Lord, this Advent, give me a welcoming heart. Let me be open to the messengers of your word, especially to those whom at first glance I might resist, for they are your prophets today urging me to change my way of thinking and living.
The beginning of the good news …
The second Sunday of Advent turns our attention to John the Baptist. John was an interesting individual. We are told he dressed a bit strangely, had an odd diet and spent a lot of time in the desert. Yet it seems he was very popular with the whole of Judaea and ‘all the people of Jerusalem’ went out to hear him. John must have been a dynamic speaker and one in whom people found hope and inspiration. Who are these attractive messengers for us today? Who brings us good news and hope? Whose message makes sense for us? Who do we flock to hear? Today we might also reflect on the messengers in our own lives. Who did God send to you while you were in your own wilderness? Perhaps they brought with them a moment of grace reassuring you that you would not be drifting aimlessly forever. Perhaps the evidence at that moment in your own life stated the contrary, yet these words of encouragement or comfort gave you reason to hope and to hang in there. These ‘John the Baptists’ are messengers of the light. They are all around us. Sometimes we are the ones called upon to be a messenger of light for someone else. The good news of the gospel today is that even in times of desolation there is a hope, a promise that urges us on. How we prepare for this journey determines our experience. See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you … Veritas intercom
We wish to remind you that masks are still mandatory when entering and leaving the church and we would strongly advise and encourage that for your own safety you adhere to this and to social distancing. Thank you.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.00am
FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ( Holy Day of Obligation )
Masses: 6:30pm Tuesday 7th Dec
10:00am Wednesday 8th Dec
HOLY CHILD P3 NATIVITY PLAY Can be viewed by parents on line from our Parish Webcam on Wednesday 8th Dec at 1pm.
TROCAIRE TOTAL amounted to £13, 450 Thank you all so much for contributing to the emergency collection. The amount raised was amazing!
WEEKLY COLLECTION The collection for the 28th November amounted to £1250.00. Bishops Commissions £380. Thank you for your contribution. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page as well .
TROCAIRE Global gift cards Are now available to purchase from the Sacristy. Buy a Trócaire Gift of Love and send some love around the world this Christmas.
CRAFT SALE In aid of Adelante Africa, Uganda. Anne Cadwallader and her sister Jane would like to thank the parishioners of St Agnes for their generosity and kindness she encountered at our church. There is NOTHING like Belfast people for warmth and solidarity! A grand total of £1,365.00 was raised! An amazing amount! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!
PRAYER INTENTIONS: We extend our sympathies to the families of those who died recently and those whose month’s mind and anniversary occur at this time.
RECENTLY DECEASED: Larry Gribbin
Sat 4th Dec:6.30pm Vigil: (Months Mind) Sheila Pimley
Sun 5th Dec: 9.30am: Patricia Power, Rosina Kelly, Tommy Kelly
12.30pm: (Months Mind) Alice Mc Kee
Marie Stanton, Phyllis Meehan, Margaret Hackett, James & Ellen Mc Fall, Mary Mc Keown
Mon 6th Dec: 10am: Paddy Leonard
Tue 7th Dec: 10am: NO MASS
6.30pm:( Months Mind) Dolores Webb
Annie Mc Callin
Wed 8th Dec: 10am: FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Thurs 9th Dec:10am: Priest’s intention
Fri 10th Dec: 10am: Margaret & Charles Mallon
Sat 11th Dec: 10am: Sally & Ned Doherty
In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Sarah Mc Varnock, Bridget & Bernard O’ Kane & son Barney,Gerry Mc Burney, Paul Shiels, Kevin Skeffington, Sarah Gillen, John Jagger, James & Aileen Parker, Martha Quinn, Brigid Mc Evoy
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
Together at Christmas Join St. Agnes’ Choral Society as they get ready to begin the festive season with their carol concert, Together for Christmas, in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast. The concert will take place on Sunday 12th December at 7.30pm. Strict covid protocols in place and you will be seated with your own group. Tickets can be booked via this link: bit.ly/3xClokd
VOCATION MATTERS Second Sunday of Advent That the Lord, who is beginning the good work of choosing from among us men and women to follow Him as priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, will bring it to completion through our prayers and sacrifices, we pray to the Lord.
Our Gospel tells us that John the Baptist heard God’s call – “The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.” Do you think God might be inviting you to hear and share his word, perhaps as a priest, a deacon or in consecrated life? Contact your Diocesan Vocations Director, or contact the National Vocations Office – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling All Men! Public men’s rosary of reparation and repentance in Belfast this Saturday 4th December, 1pm at Castle Street Junction, praying for conversion of our nation and end to covid circumstances.
Call Owen 075-25166090
CAROLS AT CHRISTMAS Will be held on Tuesday 7th Dec in St Genevieve’s High School at 7pm. Tickets £5 available from School Reception. All Welcome
9 Day Rosary Novena for Ireland
We are inviting you to join in a 9 Day Rosary Novena beginning Tuesday 30th November and ending on Wednesday 8th December. People all over Ireland will pray the Rosary together each evening at 9pm. On the final evening at 9pm on Radio Maria the Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead the final Rosary live.
If you are gathering to pray in groups we encourage you to gather safely adhering to local Covid 19 regulations.