The monastic tradition
preserves early morning prayers and vigils, so that, at least symbolically,
the monk awaits the coming of Christ at an hour that might not be expected.
This is the work of a good watchman, a figure we often find mentioned
in the scriptures and particularly in the prophetic texts. The watchman is
called to see what might be overlooked by others – by night and by day. He
will see the early dawn, or maybe the rising dust from an approaching messenger,
or even the glimmering shield of an enemy host.
In the gospel on the First Sunday of Advent, the master is absent from the
house; his return will be the moment for all things to be restored and renewed.
The first sign of harmony will come when the watchman greets his master’s
return. The attentive watchfulness of the watchman who joyfully anticipates
the restoration of harmony with the coming of his master is an image of hope.
This is not bland optimism, nor wishful speculation, but rather a focused
and attentive expectation.
The Christian community, in these dark days of winter, is called in like
manner to the watchman’s post, attentively, and hopefully, awaiting the homecoming
Lord who will make all things visible.
Wood Carves from Bethlehem The Good Shepherd Company from the Holy land, (based in
Nottingham) will be selling Olive Wood Carves (rosaries, crosses, cribs and
religious statues) after Masses at the back of the Church on Sunday, 10th
December. Their goal is to support and help the Christian families in the
You Can Be
Many thanks to all the benefactors who drew tickets last weekend, a tremendous
response means that Santa will be able to provide gifts for over 150 this
Christmas. A member of the Santa team will be in the Parish Centre and at
Marshalswick after each Mass next weekend (9/10 December) to receive your
gifts. Please remember to label each present with the unique identity number
of the child to ensure that Santa delivers to the correct address. Placing
presents together in one bag will help. If you have any questions, please
contact the Santa team by e-mail (email@example.com). Your generosity
and support continues to spread the joy and true message of Christmas!
Carols by Candlelight Friday, 22nd December, 7.30pm, in
We're looking for singers, musicians, readers, mulled wine pourers and
glow-stick givers for our biggest parish event! If you can be involved, text
or call Jacquie on 07840 367555
Starting at 7.45pm in the parish hall.
Everyone is warmly invited to prepare for Christmas by looking at different
aspects of the Christmas story
relevant to today.
Wednesday 6th December
The Flight into Egypt – Refugees
Presented by Meghan Knowles, Communications & Development Officer at
the Jesuit Refugee Service, London
Wednesday 13th December
Jesus, born to redeem us – the Joy of Christmas! Presented by Mgr John Armitage,
rector of the RC National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Parish Market Stall Volunteers needed for the market stall next Saturday, 9th December, to hand out the Parish Christmas
card. If you can spare some time (half-hour slots) please call Eric
Christmas Day Lunch Anyone on their own on Christmas Day is welcome to join
us for lunch in the Parish Hall after 11.30am Mass. Please put your name
and contact details on a sheet of paper stating any food allergies and if
you will require a lift either to 11.30am Mass or to the Hall at 12.30pm.
Write "Christmas Day Lunch" on the envelope and post it through the presbytery
door. If anyone is able to provide lifts on Christmas Day please contact
Helen by email -firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07860 830340.