Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Newsletter Items: 26th November 2016

Mass During the Seasons of Advent and Lent
Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, invited priests last July to consider celebrating Holy Mass facing the same direction as the congregation from the first Sunday of Advent. Having given this invitation serious prayerful thought, it is my intention to face the same direction as the people during the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion Rite  [the way we celebrate Holy Mass on Friday evenings at St. Margaret Mary and on our parish feast day]. I intend to celebrate Mass in this way during the season of Advent and the season of Lent. Outside those seasons [i.e. Christmas, Easter and Ordinary Time] we will revert to the current orientation, where the priest faces in the opposite direction to the congregation. An information sheet will be available this weekend [which you are all invited to take away with you] and I will discuss this as part of our weekly parish catechesis [Vino et Veritas] on Wednesday 23rd November.

Novena of Masses for Deceased Relatives and Friends
A novena of Masses will be celebrated for deceased relatives and friends - the Holy Souls List - during November.  Please write names on a piece of paper and enclose in an envelope marked ‘Holy Souls November List’ with your donation and hand in as soon as possible.

Blessing of Graves
Thank you to all who attended and prayed for those buried in Upperby Cemetery.

Novena for Forgiveness
Sunday evening at 5.00 pm at Christ the King. It concludes this weekend with the Solemnity of Christ the King with Solemn Benediction.

The Friday Club - Youth Group
Young people from Years 6,7,8 are invited to ‘The Friday Club’ on Friday 2nd December in St. Margaret Mary Parish Community Centre.  The evening begins at 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm.  Cost £2.

SVP Mass for the Sick and Housebound
This will be held at Christ the King on Tuesday 6th December at 2.00 pm.  Refreshments will follow in Harraby Catholic Club. All are welcome.  The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated during this Mass.

Festival Choir
Meets on Sunday evening. We would welcome more people to join us as we get ready for Advent and Christmas.  Why not come along and see what goes on? 

St. Margaret Mary SVP Food Distribution
Tinned meats and fruit are especially welcome. It is hoped to distribute parcels the week beginning 12th December so please check 'best before' dates.

Pax et Bonum Prayer Group
On Friday evenings between 5.00 pm and 
7.30 pm, a Polish prayer group gather at Christ the King church. Prayer for adults in the church and children in the parish room.

Attendance and Figures
54 + 62 + 94 = 210 were at Mass last weekend.  If you notice someone missing from Mass  - why not give them a call to check they’re ok during the winter months?  Thank you for your offering last weekend of £453.67 + £266.15  = £719.82.

Noodle Night at Margaret Mary
On Tuesday 22nd November from 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.  Tickets are £5 and available from the centre - proceeds in aid of the Building and Maintenance Fund.  Please come along.

The Sacristy at St. Margaret Mary
The sacristy at St. Margaret Mary will shortly be undergoing a process of refurbishment which includes some improvements to lighting, better storage for the sacred vestments, redecoration and new flooring. This may cause some disruption to normal routines and a certain disharmony to familiar areas.  Please be patient during this work which is undertaken for the glory of God and the Blessed Mother.  Contributions towards this project can be made through the Building and Maintenance fund envelopes.

Vino et Veritas
Come and learn more about your faith over a glass of wine [non-alcoholic beverages will also be available]. Wednesday evening catechesis at Christ the King beginning at 7.30 pm.  The topic for this part of the year is ‘What’s the Mass really about?’  All are welcome to come along. 

Readers’ Workshop
Fr John Millar will lead a workshop for Readers on Saturday 3 December at Waterton Hall OL&SJ from 11.00 am - 2.30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please take a packed lunch.  All readers in the parish are encouraged to go along.

SVP Mass for Deceased Members
This will be held at Our Lady & St. Joseph, Warwick Square on Thursday 24th November at 6.00 pm.  All are welcome to come along.

Christmas Flower Demonstration in Aid of Mary’s Meals
John Dalton will give a flower demonstration on Thursday 1 December from 7.00 - 9.00 pm in St Augustine’s church social room, Waverley Road CA3 9JU. Tickets will be £5 and include a glass of wine or juice. All proceeds to Mary’s Meals. Tickets on sale from Sarah Hinde - tel:016977 42650.

Confession
As the Year of Mercy comes to a close - please think about going to Confession. Frequent confession is good for you…and the world.  Its a bit like dusting the house: a little often is better than trying to do it all at once.  

Eucharistic Adoration
Please note the ‘winter’ time for adoration at Christ the King of 5.30 pm.

Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 24th December - Vigil Masses
St. Margaret Mary 6.30 pm [Carols from 6.00]
Christ the King 10.00 pm [Carols from 9.30]
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day 
St. Margaret Mary 8.00 am
Christ the King 10.00 am
The 8.00 am Christmas Morning Mass is for those who would appreciate an early Mass on Christmas Morning.


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