St Mary’s Rectory, Draycott Terrace, London, SW3 2QR
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7589 5487
Canon Stuart Wilson, Fr. Innocent Opogah, Fr James Bradley
16th December 2012 –Third Sunday of Advent
THE POPE’S FIRST WORDS ON TWITTER
@Pontifex, Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter account, attracted over a million and a
half followers on its first day of existence. The Pope, after his first tweet at the end
of the usual Wednesday general audience, responded during the course of the day
to three questions posed by members of the public from three different continents.
The first was: "How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?"
The Holy Father's answer was "By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what
he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need". (From VIS)
VINNIE PACK – COLD WEATHER ESSENTIALS
All the year round so many of you give money to the SVP for which we are so
grateful. You may like to know that quite a lot of that money is used in the special
seasonal project such as this one. A “Vinnie Pack” is a small plastic bag
containing gloves, a warm sheet, toothpaste and brush, a hat and a pen.
These packs are given out to those around us who are homeless. This Tuesday
evening at 7pm, we ask any grown-up who is free to come to church and meet
with Patrick Kelleher and the SVP group. We will go out and give these packs to
those around us in Chelsea who are in need.
Canon Stuart Wilson
You can also read this newsletter online: www.stmaryscadoganstreet.co.uk
NOTICES FOR THE WEEK
The Sunday readings are available in different languages at the back of the church
PREPARATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS
We ask all of you to help with the preparation of our church for Christmas as indicated below.
Saturday 15 Dec 6:30pm Vigil Mass Edward & Simon Jerjian RIP
Please put these dates in your diary and come along: The call is especially to the men of our
Sunday 16 Dec Third Sunday of Advent (Year C, Volume 1) p87
Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 parish who can scale a ladder for the high work:
9:00am Mass at the Royal Hospital ND
10:00am Sung Mass Pro Populo
CHRISTMAS CHURCH CLEANING SATURDAY 22 AT 8AM
11:30am Solemn Mass Adelaida Aldover’s Intentions CHRISTMAS FLOWERS AND CHURCH DECORATION MONDAY 24TH AT 8AM
6:30pm Sung Mass For the intentions of Morgan’s friends If you are not part of the team but can come along,
Mon 17 Dec 12 noon Mass Patricia Jones RIP 25th Anniversary they would be grateful for the extra help.
Advent Feria 6.30pm Mass Thanksgiving & Praise
7pm ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
Tues 18 Dec 12 noon Mass Robert Maloney & Thomas Kelly CAROL CONCERT: What a resounding success! The carol service was wonderful and I am grateful
Advent Feria NO EVENING MASS to everyone who took part, those who helped to organise the service and reception and to everyone that
Wed 19 Dec 12 noon Mass Thanksgiving from Carmen supported the event, which raised £7,520. Thank you all. There is a list at the back of church detailing
Advent Feria 6.30pm Mass our raffle prize winners. Please come to the office with your ticket to claim your prize!
Exposition of Blessed Sacrament 11am & 5.30pm Benediction 11:50am & 5.20pm
ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE: This Sunday from 11am – 2pm, St Joseph’s are
Thursday 20 Dec 6.30pm Mass holding their Christmas Fayre. This wonderful family event replaces our coffee morning gathering
Advent Feria after the 10am Mass, so please make your way to the school instead for some festive fun!
Friday 21 Dec 12 noon Mass
St Peter Canisius ST THOMAS MORE SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE TUES 18 DEC: The school holds its annual
Saturday 22 Dec 10:00am Mass The Dinetto Family carol service on Tuesday evening. Please note therefore that the Tuesday evening Mass is cancelled.
Advent Feria 6:30pm Vigil Mass Maureen McCann
SAFE JOURNEY to those of you who are travelling now for Christmas. We wish you a happy and
CONFESSIONS: Sat 10:30am – 11am; Sat 5:45pm – 6:15pm; Sun 6pm – 6.25pm
blessed Christmas with your families.
Sunday 23 Dec Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C, Volume 1) p90
PART-TIME JOB - LIFE CHARITY: LIFE is looking for a part-time manager for its Central
Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45
9:00am Mass at the Royal Hospital London Care Centre. You will need a qualification in skilled listening/counselling and be available 4-5
10:00am Sung Mass days a week for a few hours each day. Please call Kyla on 01926 421 587 for further details.
11:30am Solemn Mass Pace Mihalcheon
6:30pm Sung Mass Pro Populo CALLING ALL READERS, GREETERS, EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS & COLLECTORS -
Please pray for: The sick of our parish especially Elizabeth Oliveira, Jessica Hawksley, Grace Andre, Philomena CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR ROTAS
Coakley, Sandra Frabboni, Cerise Lawson-Tancred. The Deceased: Brigid Uttley, Elizabeth Bush
Please sign up on the list at the back of church for any ministry that you can perform
COLLECTIONS: The total for Sunday was £3,620 including standing orders. Thank you for your so that all services run smoothly. Thanks.
generosity. Thanks also to all who contributed to the second collection for flowers and Christmas
decorations which raised £927. CONFIRMATION PARENTS & CANDIDATES MEETING: A reminder for those who could not
come to the meeting in November, that we are holding a catch-up session in the rectory at 5pm on
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS FOR THE PRIESTS: It is the tradition of the Catholic Church for the Sunday 16 December in the St Thomas More room.
Christmas offering to be given to the clergy to support their work. There are envelopes available in the
ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE: On Friday, the school carol service takes place at
benches today. These can be returned at any time and will be added to the Christmas collection when it
10.30am. The church will be full of proud families and you are welcome to attend.
is taken. If you are away at Christmas, it might be a good way of associating yourself with this
collection. Either put them in the bag as it is passes by you or drop them in at the Rectory. Thanks CATECHESIS
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE: This will take place on Monday 17th December at 7pm. It is a BAPTISM PREPARATION: The next session is Monday 7 January at 7.30pm
good way to make your confession before Christmas and there will be extra priests available. Book the TEENAGE CONFIRMATION COURSE: The next class is Saturday 12 January 10.30am at St Mary’s
date and time now. FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The next class is on Sunday 13 January
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES CARD: We need your help to highlight our Christmas services to the MARRIAGE PREPARATION: The Spring session begins Tuesday 29 Jan at 8pm.
wider community, so we ask you to take a batch of Christmas cards from the back of the church and JOURNEY OF FAITH: Resumes Wednesday 30 January at 7.30pm
deliver them within the parish and/or your neighbourhood. Thank you in advance for your help.
EVENTS OF THE WEEK
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST AT MASS: For Masses in our church to run properly, we Mon 17 Dec Advent Penance Service 7pm
rely on the commitment of members of our parish to act as Greeters, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers. Weds 19 Dec Journey of Faith 7.30pm – THE NEXT SESSION IS WEDS 30 JANUARY 7.30PM
We are looking for new volunteers to serve in these ministries. Should you be interested, please come Thurs 20 Dec: Latin Choir 7.15pm
to the next training session on January 12th at 4.30pm.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: This Sunday is the 3rd in Advent, a.k.a. “Gaudete”, a day of joy. We will talk
PAT GROUP: PAT Group resumes on January 15. about John the Baptist and about sharing! The children's liturgy will start again on 13 January.