Sunday 28th November 2021 – 1st Sunday of Advent
The Synod on Synodality: Preparing our hearts and minds
Pope Francis has invited every Diocese around the world to participate in the Universal Synod on Synodality. This Synod is a process of journeying together. As the Church, we will listen to each other, dialogue with each other, pray together, discern together, and make decisions together for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world! Listening and speaking within the Church always involves prayer. We are listening, dialoguing, and praying together so that we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
The starting point of this journey begins with our own personal prayer and reflection. “Prayer opens hearts. It opens the ear to a listening that is more than hearing and makes us attentive to the action of the Spirit in our lives.” (Cardinal Grech) In your prayer this week we ask that you pray for the success of our synodal journey and that you take time to reflect on the needs of the people in your community. This week we encourage you to pray with the prayer used at the Second Vatican Council.
Adsumus Sancte Spiritus.
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.00am
TROCAIRE collection amounted to £13, 119.00. Thank you all so much for contributing to the emergency collection. The amount raised was amazing!
WEEKLY COLLECTION The collection for the 21st November amounted to £1400.00. 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 will be held in St Agnes this weekend 27th & 28th November after all the Masses.
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: Brian Compston, James Gilliland, Margaret Nugent, Betty Lavery
Sat 27th Nov: 10am: Funeral Mass of Betty Lavery RIP
6.30pm Vigil: Tony O’ Shaughnessy ( Months Mind )
Sun 28th Nov: 9.30am: Sarah Mc Varnock
12.30pm: Bridget & Bernard O’ Kane & son Barney
Gerry Mc Burney, Paul Shiels
Mon 29th Nov: 10am: Kevin Skeffington
Tue 30th Nov: 10am: NO MASS
Wed 1st Dec: 10am: Sarah Gillen
Thurs 2nd Dec:10am: John Jagger
Fri 3rd Dec: 10am: James & Aileen Parker
Sat 4th Dec: 10am: Priest’s intention
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: Mary Gribbin, David Rouse, Joseph Gunning, Sarah Fennell & Anthony Fennell, Geraldine Dunlop, Michael & Josephine Mynes, Comgal Casey
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
Calling All Men! Public men’s rosary of reparation and repentance in Belfast next Saturday 4th December, 1pm at Castle Street Junction, praying for conversion of our nation and end to covid circumstances.
Call Owen 075-25166090
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.
Prayer Online: Come and join us at… www.soulparemission.com Who are we? We are a new interactive prayer website created by Jacinta Crockford DipTH, Spiritual Director living in Down and Connor. What’s on offer? A variety of PDF meditations on Mother Teresa, St John Paul II, Ignatius Spirituality to name but a few. Lots of content to Dive into! There you will find – Podcasts on Faith, Friendship & Knowledge; Rosaries, Prayers and Marian Consecration. Come and join us and be part of the prayer movement online!
Every Saturday at 4.30pm & 8.30pm (live) I will be leading the Most Holy Rosary and prayer reflections with Eucharistic Adoration (8.30pm) on the Catholic Internet TV – ShalomWorld.org Just click on the following link to access this time of prayer. www.swprayer.org Please be assured that I will be offering in prayer all the Diocese of Down and Connor, parishioners and their families during this live Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration.
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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
Mary’s Meals- Double the Love
Thanks to your support, Mary’s Meals are now bringing joy to over 2 million children with a daily meal in their place of education. Our Double the Love campaign runs until 31st January 2022, all donations up to a total of £1.6 million will be matched by a generous group of private donors. Every little act of love will go that little bit further during this period to help us reach the next child waiting, so please consider supporting this campaign and praying for its success. There are many ways to get involved including choosing one of our Mary’s Meals gift cards or setting a place at our Big Family Christmas table- find out more at www.marysmeals.org.uk
First Saturday Devotions will take place in St. Matthias’s Church, Glen Road on 4th Dec.
3pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament , Confessions and Act of Consecration.
4pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
GRACE’S WASHBAG APPEAL
Grace is 14, a pupil at Dominican College Fortwilliam. This Christmas she is asking for help to fill
washbags with essential items for women in need. All washbags will be donated to The Welcome
Organisation in Belfast.
We have been told ladies pants if possible. Various sizes. If you cannot fit them into your toiletry bag we
can accept them separately as long as they are packaged or in a bag, label still attached.
Deodorant (non aerosol)
The Welcome Organisation will distribute them to women in need this Christmas.
Bags can be dropped in to The Kennedy Centre. Outside poundland lookout for Grace’s decorated bin.
Thankyou so very much for your generosity. ❤