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2nd Sunday of Advent Year B 10th. December  2017

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2nd. Sunday of Advent Year B

10th  December 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch

The readings this week invite us to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus into our lives and our hearts, both at Christmas and every day. In this time of Advent, we ask the Lord to free us from all that would hinder us following him more closely, so that we may be messengers of Good News for others.

Prayer in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress

2018 and for Synod 2020

We thank you Father
For the love you have shown us in the gift of Jesus , you Son.
Keep us grateful each day for the blessings that surround us.
As we are fed by you, so now send us out to share what we have received
with our hungry brothers and sisters.
We humbly ask your help to become the Church
that you are calling us to be:
a community that listens, that trusts, that lives with courage
And that pits out its nets into new waters.
May the gentle presence of Christ in our hearts
Be a source of healing, of new life and of a deeper trust in you.
We ask this in faith, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us to be ready and alert to God coming into our lives. We have each been given a task, and Jesus wants us to be prepared to receive Him.
Throughout this Advent season, why not place your crib, empty, in a prominent place at home. It will focus our waiting and help us long for the coming of Jesus.

Pope Francis
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds

Pope Francis
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds

Mass times for Christmas:

Christmas Eve:

5.00pm St Teresa’s,
5.00pm St Mary Magdalen’s,
6.30pm St Oswald’s
10.00pm St Teresa’s.

Christmas Day:

8.30am St Oswald’s,
10.00am St Teresa’s.

4th Sunday of Advent Masses:

Saturday 23rd Dec:

5.00pm at St Oswald's,
5.00pm at St Mary Magdalene's
6.30pm at St Teresa's.

Sunday 24th December

8.30am at St O and
9.30am at St T.
(No 11.00am Mass that day.)

Help for the Homeless:

Gloves + hats are needed, please take to St MM. Thank you to those who have already made some lovely knitted hats etc. for those who are homeless.

Food Bank at Christmas:

When shopping for Christmas please remember the Penwortham Food Bank. They need: Tinned meat and fish, corned beef, tuna, hot dogs, ham, coffee, cereals, tinned fruit, rice pudding, custard, soup. There is a box in each church. Thank you.

Food Banks:

Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank require Volunteers to help: With access to a vehicle to transport food from the Food Store at St.Teresa’s to Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive (usually on Monday morning). To help distribute food on a Friday morning from 9.30am to 12 noon at Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, (on a Rota basis). If you can help in anyway please contact Tony on 747777

St Oswald’s Little Church:

St Oswald’s Little Church: a gentle reminder that the age range we aim to cater for in Little Church is age 3 up to the end of year six at primary school. We have a rota of parishioners who lead Little Church and assist the leaders, a few have had to drop out recently so we would need some new volunteers to help. We always make sure new recruits work with an experienced leader and your turn on the rota would be about once a month. Please speak to Fr P or Fr M or one of the leaders if you can help.

Image shows the Advent Candles alight;In our magnificent first reading from the prophet Isaiah, which is echoed in the words of John the Baptist in today's Gospel, a voice cries out: “Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low.” Advent is a great time for us to clear the ground, to make level the path, so as to facilitate what God, with all his heart, wants to do.

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					Image shows the Advent Candles alight;In our magnificent first reading from the prophet Isaiah, which is echoed in the words of John the Baptist in today's Gospel, a voice cries out: “Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low.” Advent is a great time for us to clear the ground, to make level the path, so as to facilitate what God, with all his heart, wants to do.

News

10th December 2017

Advent Penwortham Food Bank.:

Penwortham Food Bank. Why not try a reverse Advent calendar—during Advent buy these items and give them to the foodbank: hot dogs, corned beef, ham, meatballs, Irish stew, Tinned mince or stewing steak or curries, Fray Bentos pies, meat/fish paste, custard, rice pudding, tins of fruit, small packs of tea bags, tinned peas and carrots. Make a bag up and bring it to any of our 3 churches. Thank you.

Mass times for Christmas

Mass times for Christmas: Christmas Eve: 5.00pm St T, 5.00pm St MM, 6.30pm St O, 10.00pm St T. Christmas Day: 8.30am St O, 10.00am St T. On Sat Dec 23rd + Sun Dec 24th, the 4th Sunday of Advent, Masses will be celebrated as follows: Saturday 5.00pm at St O and St MM. Sat 6.30pm at St T. Sun 8.30am at St O and 9.30am at St T. (No 11.00am Mass that day.)

Web Cam

The web cam has been fitted. This will enable those who are housebound to follow weekend and weekday Mass and services at St Teresa’s. The web cam will not cover the Lady chapel, so if you do not wish to be seen please do not sit in the front 4 rows and make sure you receive communion in the Lady chapel.
See Link on the Front Page,

The Lourdes Pilgrimage

Father Philip lighting the parish candle at the Grotto in Lourdes, during the pilgrimage to Lourdes recently, Fr Philip lead a rosary at International torchlight procession in Fatima. The names of our loved ones who have died were placed at the Grotto by Fr Philip, where Fr Philip said Mass for the intentions of all the parishioners at the Grotto.

Please click the image bellow  to see more photos of the Pilgrimage

New Music Group:

We are starting a new Youth Music Group based at St Teresa’s. This will be for anyone of school age, primary or secondary! Come and make joyful music for God! The introductory event will be Wednesday 18th Oct 3.30pm—4.30pm in St Teresa’s Church. Come, sing, bring an instrument. Put your faith into action!

Parish Groups

We are compiling a leaflet giving details of the various groups within the
parishes. Primarily for new parishioners, it would also be useful to anyone
who wishes to get further involved in parish activities. If you would like
your group to be included please contact Paul on:
paulfalcone_uk@yahoo.co.uk
If you cannot email please contact the
parish office by phone. Thank you.

Open Church:

From Monday 4th September St Teresa’s Church will be open each weekday. Until now just the porch has been left open, but we are going to try leaving the Church open so that people can go in to the church itself and pray

 

Short Prayers

Pray for Priests

O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him In his sorrows, strengthen him In his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

The Pardon Prayer

The seers said this prayer was taught to them in the initial Fátima apparition in the spring of 1916, by an angel who called himself "the Guardian Angel of Portugal".

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.

Prayer to St. Anthony for lost items.

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE ANGEL
taught to the 3 children of Fatima
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You, I ask forgiveness for those who do not believe nor hope nor love You. Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.


Contemplations

"The story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus is a spiritual icon of enormous power. When one has spiritual sight, he speaks up against the evils of the world, the falsehoods that are infiltrating the Church. Concerned with the salvation of all his brothers and sisters, he points out the errors that oppose Catholic teachings. And he does not run after false teachings because of supernatural manifestations that surround them, nor read material associated with false teachings. Why? Because such material corrupts the soul, places doubts in the mind and finally corrupts the heart of the individual." Father Philip

"St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen." Prayer to St. Anthony for lost items

"The seers said this prayer was taught to them in the initial Fátima apparition in the spring of 1916, by an angel who called himself "the Guardian Angel of Portugal" .

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee." The Pardon Prayer