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Advent Begins!

The second week of Advent begins, with the opening verses of Mark’s Gospel 

A New Catholic

Congratulations to Vicky who becomes a Catholic during the 11am Mass. Vicky has chosen Mary as her Confirmation name 

Singing Carols

Churches Together initiative to sing carols in the Port Arcades, Saturday 16 December 

All three Churches of our parish have been transformed this past week and are full of the signs of Advent and the early joy that comes with Christmas and the birth of the baby Jesus. My sincere thanks to all those who have prepared the Advent wreaths, decorations, cribs, and Christmas trees at St Saviour, St Mary of the Angels, and at Our Lady Star of the Sea. The churches are looking beautiful. Thank you.

 

Meanwhile, inside this week’s Parish Newsletter are several invitations: Carol Services at St Saviour, Our Lady Star of the Sea, and at St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School, an invitation to join other Christians in our town community to sing Carols in the Port Arcades this coming Saturday, and the whole parish Christmas Celebration next Sunday, following the 11am Mass. All welcome to all of these festive occasions and anticipating the happiness and joy of Christmas. God bless us in the week ahead 

Father Edmund

Monday
The Bread and Butter Thing

What? 

Bargain foods, pre-registering required

 

Where? 

St Saviour Church

 

When? 

Every Monday, 2pm-3pm

Saturday
Hot Meal Provision 

What?

A free meal for anyone who wants one!

Where?

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre

When?

Every Saturday, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Sunday
Foodbank

What? 

Foodbank for those issued vouchers

Where? 

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre

When? 

Every Sunday, 2pm-3pm

Volunteer
Learn how to get Involved

We currently have three major social projects. I am grateful to God for the opportunity he has given us to serve our town in these ways and am very proud that so many parishioners have come forward to volunteer to play their part in these new projects. 

Next Social Event

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Christmas Celebration

There will be a Parish  Family Christmas Celebration on Sunday 17 December following the 11am Sunday Mass at Our Lady Star of Sea (from 12noon).  The event will offer sausage and bacon butties, hot drinks, Irish coffees, live Christmas music, with a number of stalls - including the popular Tombola - and a special guest appearance from a visitor from the North Pole.  All welcome to come together for this special celebration, just a week before Christmas.  There will be a raffle, and prizes donated for the raffle would be gratefully received.

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CHRISTMAS MASSES

Saturday 23 December
St Saviour 5pm

 
CHRISTMAS EVE Sunday 24 December
St Mary of the Angels 9am
Our Lady Star of the Sea 11am


Our Lady Star of the Sea 6pm
St Saviour (Syro-Malabar Mass) 8.30pm
Our Lady Star of the Sea 12 Midnight


CHRISTMAS DAY Monday 25 December
Our Lady Star of the Sea 10am


In addition to the normal Sunday Mass times the following weekend, and in
thanksgiving for 2023, and asking God’s blessing in the year ahead, 2024,
we will have Benediction on New Year’s Eve


NEW YEAR’S EVE Sunday 31 December

Our Lady Star of the Sea Benediction at 4pm

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