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I hope the Advent Season is providing you with an opportunity to reflect on your own spiritual journey. The secret of Advent is that while we prepare to celebrate again the   wonder of the coming of the Christ-child 2,000 years ago, we also look to the future and our ultimate destiny when Christ will come again in glory. I am delighted that a few of our  parishioners from St Mary’s are taking time off this weekend to make a retreat. May we all find some space in the coming week to retreat into our inner self and find the peace Christ promised only he can give.

That peace can be found especially in the sacrament of reconciliation, so please note that after all the weekday Masses between now and Christmas there will be an opportunity to celebrate this sacrament.

Also there will be the usual RECONCILIATION SERVICES this week, on Monday at St Mary’s at 7.30pm and at Bishop Eton on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

The Funeral of James O’Brien RIP will take place on Friday 15 December at 12.00 noon.

BELL: Bishop Eton Lending Library, meet this Tuesday 12 December, in the Hughes Room 2.00pm—4.00pm. Do come along and see the selection of books, borrow and have a chat. Refreshments will be available. All welcome.

Wednesday Lunch will take place on 13 December at 12.30pm in the Fisher-More Hall. All welcome.

The fourth Sunday of Advent this year is also Christmas Eve.  As our Children's vigil Mass will be at 7 it would be impractical to hold the 6pm Mass.  The 8.30am, 10am and 11.30am Masses will go ahead as normal.

Please note that attending the Vigil Masses on Christmas Eve does not fulfill the Sunday Obligation for the fourth Sunday of Advent

Brother Benjamin Feeding Project: Gift vouchers can be purchased from the Monastery reception from 9.00am—6.00pm, Mon-Sat for £10.00. Each voucher feeds a child-headed household or a group of AIDS orphans for a month. See poster in porch for more details.


Project Zimbabwe: Please help the children by supporting a Pig Race in Fisher-More Hall on Saturday 20 January at 7.30pm. Tickets £3.00 each available after all Masses next Sunday17th December. Even if you’re unable to come, you could have a gentle flutter on the Quad cast Race. £1.00 could win you £60!  (Only for those 18 and over)

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Ecumenical Prayer Group meet on Wednesday 13 December 7.30pm—8.30pm. In the Hughes Room.

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