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Parish Newsletter 9th December 2018

Second Sunday Of Advent


Christmas Services

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Monday 17th December
Reconciliation Service at 7.00pm.
Tuesday 18th December -
Botwell School Carol Concert at 7.00pm.
Monday 24th December -
Christmas Eve
Children’s Christmas Mass at 5.00pm Carols at 11.30pm followed by Solemn Mass of the Nativity at Midnight.
Tuesday 25th December -
Christmas  Day
Masses will be at 8.30am, 10.00am and 12 noon only.
Wednesday 26th December -
St Stephen’s Day  - Bank Holiday
Mass at 10.00am only.
Monday 31st December -
New Year’s Eve
Masses at usual times plus
11.30pm to celebrate the New Year
Tuesday 1st January 2019
is a Bank Holiday
Mass at 10.00am only.

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Liturgy  meeting
There will be a meeting of the Parish Liturgy committee on Monday 10th December commencing at 7.00pm in the Claret Room.  All members of the committee are requested to attend.
Thank you.
Christmas Trees & Flowers
There will be a retiring collection this weekend towards the cost of trees & flowers for the church at Christmas.
Holy Hour for Vocations
There will be a Holy Hour for Vocations taking place in the Church on Monday 10th December commencing at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.
Eucharistic Ministers
There will be a meeting for Eucharistic Minister on Monday 10th December in the Upper Room commencing at 7.30pm.  All ministers are requested to attend.
Knights of St Columba
The monthly meeting will take place on Monday 10th December  at 8.00pm.  Please meet in the Parish Office.
Botwell Youth Group
The last meeting of the year will be held on Friday 14th December commencing at 6.45pm in the Community Centre We will also be having a Christmas party—please bring something to eat and share.
Bidding Prayers
If you would like the name of a sick relative or friend or someone who has recently died or whose anniversary it is to be included in the reading of the Bidding Prayers during Mass then please write down the name on the sheet on the red clip-board on the table by the side entrance as you enter the church.
Friends of the Homeless
A report from the Group . . .
We continue to take food and clothing to London to the people on the streets.  We travel in our minibus, which is also used by the parish to collect parishioners for Mass on a Sunday and sometimes by Parish groups for various trips.
However, in April 2019, there will be new laws on vehicle emissions and our minibus will not meet the Low Emission Standard required so it cannot be used after that date. The obvious answer would be to fundraise which we will be discussing in the coming months.  The Group would like to thank all those who have supported them with food and clothing throughout the year and for money donated which helps to cover the running costs of the minibus. We were given a huge boost to our supplies during Harvest |Festival from Botwell School, who donated everything that they collected to the Homeless Group, we now have enough basics like Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and Cakes for months to come. Thank you Botwell School. All that is left is to say is how much we appreciate your support and to wish you a Happy Christmas and many blessings for the New Year.
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There will be a retiring collection next weekend for the Friends of the Homeless Group to help in their support of the needy of London.
In Memoriam
The funeral of William Burris RIP will take place on Thursday 13th December at 12.15pm. Please remember William and his family in your  prayers.
St Andrews Day Disco
Many thanks to all those who supported the Polish Communities St Andrews Day Disco and for their donation of £2,182.00 which went towards the development of  the Claretian Pastoral Centre.
Parish Repository
A good selection of Rosaries, Prayer books and Baptism gifts and cards are available to buy from the Repository in the Parish Office or at the back of the Church.
Tea & Coffee
Tea & Coffee are served in the foyer of the Main Hall every Sunday from 9.00am to 12 noon. An opportunity to meet friends and catch-up on the weeks events. 

 Anniversaries for this week:

· Leslie King
· Beatrice Pearce
· John Wilcock
· Con Gleeson
· Patrocinio Fernandes
· Jacinto Frianela
· Patrick & Margaret Hayes
· Kathleen Frowen

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.  Amen.