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15th Sunday (Ord, Year  B)
12th July 2015 click here for the most recent bulletin

Marshalswick Mass Centre
Starting on Sunday, 26th July through to the end of August, Mass at Marshalswick will be celebrated at the Baptist Free Church in Sherwood Avenue while St John Fisher School undergoes refurbishment work. Mass will begin at the earlier time of 8.30am during this period.
We would like to thank Rev. Graham Clarke and the Baptist Church community for this very kind opportunity. To accommodate their community we will endeavour to be finished and out of the church by 9.30am. Priests will need to have shorter sermons and also the music needs to be curtailed to fit our allotted time-scale.

Parish Mission
Our Parish will be holding a Mission conducted by the Sion Community for two weeks (one of preparation and one of mission) from 10th October to 24th October Mission webpages now available - click here for more >>>

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Advent 2013

The word Advent comes from the Latin ‘adventus’, meaning ‘coming’. There is a sense of movement and anticipation. The tradition of the Advent calendar is one way to bring this movement to life. The Lord is coming. We are moving towards Christmas. We are lifting our souls towards God. And we are moving always towards the end times and the second coming, as Jesus himself reminds us in the Gospel on the First Sunday of Advent.

A couple of questions we could reflect on:

 - Why do we need this ‘lead-in’ time to Christmas?
 - What are my hopes and goals for Advent?
 - Where do I want to be in my faith journey, come Christmas day?

If we decide we want to get somewhere, we have to take steps to get there – for example, when we decide on a particular career path we have to undertake the right training and experience. Perhaps this Advent we would like to spend more time in prayer, to be more patient, or to get involved in our local community. What is the point of Advent, if we don’t end up somewhere different from where we started?

There is a sense of anticipation in the readings. St Paul tells us ‘the night is almost over, it will be daylight soon.’    We need to get moving!

Extras Masses during Advent

In addition to the regular Masses (click here), there will be the following extra Masses:

- On Saturdays, 7th, 14th & 21st December at
  10am in the Church.

- Advent Mass of Healing on 14th December. Lifts
  can be arranged for this Mass, please call
  Helen (852250).

Christmas Mass Times

Click here for times of Masses and Other Services over Christmas

Advent and Christmas have a particular part to play in our lives. Advent gives us the opportunity to think afresh about the fact and meaning of the birth of Christ, the eternal word of God taking on our human condition. It is a great mystery for us to comprehend and I urge everyone to spend Advent preparing well for this joyous occasion. There are lots of material things that we prepare for when celebrating Christmas, let us not forget our spiritual preparations too.

God became incarnate in Jesus, in a tiny child,  and in doing so offered humanity the hope of salvation and of a share in the divine life. The Eternal Love of God took on our flesh and blood in order to save us. This is the greatest gift of all and it should be foremost in our mind at this time.

May every act of prayer, work, gift giving and spending time with friends and family, reflect the love and generosity of the incarnation that we celebrate. May that same love and generosity shape our actions in the New Year as we try and follow Christ more faithfully in the Year of Faith

An Advent Psalm

Awaken, my heart, God’s reign is near; the Peaceable Kingdom is in my hands.

If the wolf can be the guest of the lamb, and the bear and cow be friends, then no injury or hate can be a guest within the kingdom of my heart.

Eden’s peace and harmony will only return when first, in my heart, there hides no harm or ruin, for the Peaceable Kingdom is in my hands.

Isaiah’s dream became Jesus’ vision: ‘Come, follow me,’ Emmanuel’s echo rings. ‘Reform your life, recover Eden’s peace,’ for only then will salvation appear.

For Advent’s dream is the healing of earth, when the eagle and bear become friends, the child and the serpent playmates.

Arise, awaken, my heart, the Peaceable Kingdom is in your hands


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