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Third Sunday of Advent (A)

Sunday 15th December 2013

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The Advent Call to Reconciliation

 “Rejoice: the Lord is near.” As Christmas draws closer, the Church emphasizes the joy which should take root in our hearts as we await the coming of the Saviour.  For this reason today is known as Gaudete Sunday. This term refers to the first word of the Entrance Antiphon from today’s Holy Mass, “Rejoice”, which emphasizes our joy that Christmas is near. We also light the rose candle on our Advent wreath to highlight this next step in the journey towards Bethlehem.

This Sunday the readings echo John the Baptist’s powerful call to conversion. As Catholics this call points us towards the healing remedy of sacramental confession, or Reconciliation. Gaudete joy and freedom from our sinful past is found in kneeling before the Lord with contrite hearts and seeking his mercy and forgiveness. Whether in our own parish or elsewhere let’s pray that each of us will respond to the Baptist’s call and present ourselves to God in Confession during these days of advent. Please pick-up your ‘Aid to Confession’ card as you leave Mass this weekend.

Confessions / Penitential Services in the Local Area

St. Augustine’s: Penitential Service, Wed. 18th Dec. 7-8pm

Confessions: Every Saturday after 10am Mass & 5.30-6pm

St. Mary’s (Whifflet): Penitential Service, Thurs. 19th Dec. 7-8pm

St. Patrick’s: Confessions, Fri 20th 10.30am-3pm / Sat 21st 10.30-5pm

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Hymns, Carols and Sacred Readings led by

St. Augustine’s Parish Choir 

This coming Tuesday 17th December at 7pm.

All welcome and entrance is FREE.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Parochial Hall

PRO-LIFE MASS

A special pro-life Mass will take place in St. Augustine’s on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at 7pm. Immediately after the Mass Sr. Roseanne Reddy from the Sisters of the Gospel of Life will give a talk in the Parish Hall on the importance of speaking out in defence of human life. Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards. All welcome.

NEW PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS

Packs of Christmas cards, featuring our Church crib scene, are now on sale in the stall priced at £3.95 per pack of 10. Please make every effort to send religious rather than secular cards this Christmas. This is a simple way of ‘keeping Christ in Christmas’.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS

Advent devotions will take place in the Church each Sunday at 5.30pm. Devotions will consist of Vespers (Evening Prayer) and Benediction. Servers, choir members and families are encouraged to attend. This is a nice way to show our commitment to preparing spiritually for the coming season of Christmas.

PARISH COMMUNICATIONS

Web / WordPress: www.staugustinescoatbridge.com

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saintaugustines

Follow us on Twitter: @FrKane

PARISH GIFT-AID SCHEME

Parishioners wishing to sign-up for the Gift-aid scheme are asked to go to the sacristy after Mass to fill-out a Gift-aid declaration. This allows the parish to reclaim an extra 25p on every £1 donated by a tax-payer.

CARFIN GROTTO – ADVENT SCHEDULE

During Advent there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Glass Chapel Mon – Thurs from 12 – 3pm. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 1pm.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MARY’S MEALS / LOCAL CHARITIES

As part of our Christmas commitment to the poorest children in the world children are invited to leave one wrapped gifts before the crib from next Sunday onwards. These gifts will be distributed to worthy charitable causes.

ALTAR-SERVERS / YOUTH CHOIR CHRISTMAS OUTING

The Christmas Outing for Altar-Servers and the Youth Choir is arranged for Sunday 29th December 2013. The group will travel, with adult helpers, to the Kings Theatre in Glasgow for the annual Christmas Panto. Permission slips for this FREE trip are now available for collection at the sacristy. Parents of should collect these consent forms after Mass this weekend and return them to the Chapel House completed by next Sunday 22nd December.

ADVENT CONFESSIONS

There will be many opportunities for parishioners to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the lead-up to Christmas. As well as the regular times for confessions, additional priests will be available in St. Augustine’s Church for our Penitential Service on Wednesday 18th December from 7–8pm. Parishioners are encouraged to make every effort to avail of Confession at some point during advent as part of our preparation for Christmas. Please pick-up a ‘Confession help card’ as you leave Mass this weekend.

CONFIRMATION CHARITY PROJECTS

All Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to attend the 10am Family Mass this Sunday 15th December, and to stay behind for a short talk from the representatives of Mary’s Meals and Lepra (lasting approx. 30mins). Those who ordinarily attend Sunday Mass in another parish are asked to attend St. Augustine’s on this Sunday. Please contact the Chapel House in advance if you cannot attend. The talk will take place upstairs in the Parish Hall. Parents are welcome to attend.

Anniversaries and Months Minds which occur about this time:

Patrick Gray; William & Mary Blair; Andrew Murphy; Thomas, Margaret & Kathleen Murphy; Paul Downie; Robert Bannan; Annemarie McCoy; Elizabeth Fallon; Patrick McGlynn; Patrick Sludden; Margaret & James Lochran; Peter, Annie, Charles & John Rafferty; John & Katie McPartland; Hugh & Cathie Connolly; John & Helen McVeigh; John & Mary Duffy; Owen, Annie & Denis O’Rourke; James & Mary Durning; Isaac & Annie Duffy; Catherine Ward; Margaret & Stephan Woods; Harry Brown; Alex McGilben.

                                                Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

                                                and let perpetual light shine upon them.

                                                May they rest in peace. Amen.

The Pastoral Team

Very Rev. James Canon Foley (Parish Priest)

Rev. Michael J. Kane (Assistant Priest)

Sr. Eileen (Pastoral Assistant)

Postal Address

St. Augustine’s, 12 Dundyvan Road,

Coatbridge ML5 1DQ

Telephone: (01236) 423044

Times of Masses

Saturday:               Vigil Mass 6.30pm

Sunday:                 10.00am & 12.00 noon

Weekdays:             10.00am

Advent Devotions: Every Sunday, 5.30pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday:   After 10.00am Mass

                    and 5.30 – 6.00pm

Baptisms

On the last Sunday of the month by arrangement with the clergy.

Calling Times

Arrangements for weddings (for which six months notice is required) and for baptisms should be made by appointment with the clergy.

Please remember that if you reside outside the boundary of St. Augustine’s Parish, then you must ask for these sacraments in your own parish.

Bulletin Notices

All notices should be dropped through the Presbytery letter box by Wednesday evening at the latest. Notices for publication should be written clearly.

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