This Sunday is known as ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, a day to rejoice, because the coming of the Lord is very near. The reading from St Paul at today’s Mass begins with the word ‘Rejoice’. Our liturgical colours this week – the candle on the Advent wreath, the vestments at Mass – are rose pink instead of purple. The prophet Isaiah also spoke of ‘the Rose of Judah’ – applied to Mary who brought us Christ.
Click here for the Prayers of the Faithful, December 16, 2018.
Eucharistic Adoration continues on Tuesdays between 10:30am and 10pm. This provides us with a special opportunity for a quiet time of prayer through Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ.
Our Christmas timetable is printed on a greeting card and currently being delivered to all homes in the parish:
Advent Services of Reconciliation in our Pastoral Area:
Our Lady of the Assumption, Booterstown: Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30pm.
St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Monday, December 17 at 7:30pm.
Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtownpark Avenue, Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30pm.
Thursday, December 20: Ecumenical gathering for Advent Christian Meditation 8-9 pm.
Saturday, December 22: Mass at 10am followed by Confessions until 11:45am.
Sunday, December 23: Regular Sunday Masses. Vigil at 6pm on Saturday.
Monday, December 24: One morning Mass at 10am
Vigil Mass for Christmas at 5pm
Vigil Mass for Christmas at 7pm
Night Mass for Christmas at 9pm (preceded by Carols at 8:30pm)
Tuesday December 25: Christmas Day
Masses at 9am, 10:30am and 12 noon.
Please note there is no evening Mass on Christmas Day.
Our Pastoral Centre: We have been able to move our Sacristy into our new Pastoral Centre, in the space behind the altar. All our parish groups can hold their meetings in the new Centre now. We are so pleased to have access to this magnificent building that helps us to be a parish that is fully alive.
To help reduce our deficit, an exciting raffle of a Toyota car has been launched. Just 500 tickets are being sold at €100 euros each – wouldn’t that be an amazing Christmas Gift! Tickets are available at the Pastoral Centre during the week and after all Masses at the weekend. Also at Winnie’s Craft Cafe at Woodbine Park. The draw will take place on March 3, 2019. Please Click here for important Terms & Conditions associated with this raffle.
Child Safeguarding: Our parish observes all the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Dublin in relation to child safeguarding. Please click on the Child Safeguarding Team section of our Parish Groups Page for more information, and for the series of relevant documents outlining responsibilities of people active in our parish whose ministry brings them into contact with children or vulnerable adults.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was introduced on May 25, 2018. We are working to ensure that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. Your privacy is of paramount importance to us. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office.
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