Church of St. Gregory the Great, Northampton Fr Andrew Behrens 713015 Sunday 7th December 22 Park Avenue North 2008 Northampton. NN3 2HS Second Sunday of Rev Michael Fleming 647750 Advent Rev Michael Graney 452327 Website: Rev Rory Stewart 408407 Year B – Parish Mass E-mail: www.stgregory.org.uk Book, page 28 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday 9.00 am Eucharistic Service Feria 5.00 pm Confessions 6.00 pm Mass The Parish Sunday 9.00 am Mass M.Glynn & Family’s 2nd Sunday of Intentions Advent 11.00 am Mass Samuel, Frederick & Gerald Aberneithie RIP Monday 9.00 am Mass Moyra Boullemier’s Immaculate Intentions Conception of 11.45 am Funeral Mass Winifred Wittich RIP Our Lady Tuesday 9.00 am Mass Kevin Byrne’s Intentions Feria followed by Prayers for the Sick Wednesday 9.00 am Mass Mollie Caillebotte RIP 11.00 am Eucharistic Service (St Andrew’s Hospital) Thursday 9.00 am Eucharistic Service Feria Exposition of the 7.00 pm Mass Brendan Higgins RIP Blessed Sacrament, 9.30 – 17.45 Friday 9.00 am Mass Francesca’s Intentions Saturday 9.00 am Eucharistic Service St Lucy 12.30 pm Legion of Mary Mass Legion of Mary 5.00 pm Confessions 6.00 pm Mass Jack Smith RIP Sunday 9.00 am Mass The Parish 3rd Sunday of 11.00 am Mass Con Noons’ Intentions Advent 3.00 pm “Rejoice” (Gaudete) 5.00 pm Mass Syro-Malabar Rite Readings for Today: Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11. Prepare a way for the Lord. 2 Peter 3: 8-14. We are waiting for the new heavens and new earth. Mark 1: 1-8. Make his paths straight. Readings for next Sunday: Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24; John 1: 6-8, 19-28. (Page 30) During This Season Of Migrants & Refugees; Openness to God’s Advent and Christmastide Word; The Bishop, Clergy & People of the We Are Asked To Pray For: Diocese; Expectant Mothers. The Sick: Among those who are sick, please remember in your prayers: Frank Corrigan Moyra Boullemier Darren King Josephine O’Connor Steven Healey Helen Fowler Margaret Madden Thomas Redmond Caitlin Behan Johnathan Dean George Sweeney Michael Head Tony Wittich Helen Cokeley Arthur McManus Mrs Margaret Byrne Jean Walsh Ted Collins Joy Fielder Phyllis Albon Fred Jones Gillian Brockway Bridie Gormley John Hinds & Family Christina Dunn Vincent Heffernan Brigitte Berney Michael Mullally Tony Hines John Straussa Hilary Graney Margaret Ann Livingston Annie King Celia de Verteuil Baby Chloe Allen Joyce Langlois Lucia Gambuti Breda Donnelly Eddie Moriarty David O’Halloran Barren Brown Marie Panter Peter Johnson Donald Willis Val Hanson John Ramsey Eileen Brittain Pat Coleman Margaret King Anniversaries: May they Rest in Peace Ellen Hancock Charles Ford Johnnie Green Ann Bassi William Windram Helen Penny Peter Sweeney Florence Bradley Stefan Szychta Arthur Sanders Evelyn Miller Robert French Luigi Amalfitano Margaret Dunne Fred Craffy Catalina Bacchas Michael Behan Belfiore Capicella Maurice Cohen Joy Holder Patricia Darby Edward Sigwart Annie Boullemier Patrick Finnegan Jenny King Amy Donoghue Beryl McNamara Your Offering To The Parish: Last week’s collection was £1269.68. Thank you! Counters This Week: A & K Healey, M. Murtagh, H. Archer. Cleaners This Week: Maureen & Erhi THE CHURCH IS OPEN MOST DAYS UNTIL ABOUT 3.30 PM. PLEASE COME AND PRAY If you need to contact the SVP, please ring 07908 029064, and leave a message. A member of the SVP will respond as soon as possible. Please be patient. A Foggy Day… The sun now rose upon the right: out of the sea came he, Still hid in mist, and on the left went down into the sea. But cards and cribs and candles shine bright in the Parish Hall; Last posting date is getting near – make sure you’ve got them all! Carols In The Park Carols In The Park: St. Gregory’s excellent choir will be singing Christmas Carols in Abington Park’s Café this Sunday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Please come and listen. It would also be good if you could talk to people about our Faith & the meaning of Christmas, and perhaps sell some more raffle tickets! An excellent opportunity to try out the Evangelisation skills learned from ‘Pass It On’. Sacramental Preparation 2009 First Communion Preparation The next few meetings for those preparing for First Holy Communion in 2009 are: Tuesday 9th December 5pm 6th Children’s Session Advent Friday 12th December 5pm 6th Children’s Session Advent Sunday 14th December 9am Celebration at Mass Distribution of Illuminated ‘Our Father’ Confirmation Meetings, 2008 - 2009: (Confirmation: The four year programme continues. All children who have received their first Holy Communion (including those who did so this year) are invited to the session on 8th November. Any who hope to be confirmed in 2009 (must be in school year 7 or above) must come, and are required to attend Mass each Sunday.) Dates for Confirmation Candidates’ meetings are: Saturday 28th February 1pm 2nd Session: children from 1.00pm until after Mass; Parents welcome to stay for the first hour Saturday 6th June 1pm 3rd Session: children from 1.00pm until after Mass; Parents welcome to stay for the first hour Journey In Faith: For adults seeking baptism or full communion with the Catholic Church. Next session is this Wednesday, 10th December in the Sacristy, 7.30 pm till 9.00 pm and continuing Wednesday evenings. Any adult seeking to understand more about their faith is welcome to attend. Youth Bits ! Youth Group: Don’t forget the Youth Group! The next meetings will December 19th & January 16th. Christmas Choir Practice These continue on Thursdays December 11th and 18th. New & old members welcome, especially if they can sing! Situations Vacant Teacher of Maths required at Thomas Becket School for Easter 2009/September 2009. Ability to teach at Key Stage 5 an advantage. Pay scale TMS. Please see notice board for full details or phone (01604) 493211. New Notices Fairtrade Stall: There will be a Fairtrade stall in the Hall after the 9am Mass this Sunday. Please come and have a look at the range of Fairtrade goods on offer, maybe buy something, and support this worthwhile cause. Rejoice: A time of reflection and prayer before Christmas: A Service for all the family on Sunday 14th December at 3pm, here at St. Gregory’s. Christmas is an amazing time of year when we remember the greatest gift: the gift of Jesus to the world. Advent is traditionally a time to prepare our hearts for Christmas, yet so often it is difficult to find the time and space because it is such a busy time for most of us. This service is an opportunity to take some time out to reflect and prepare ourselves to celebrate the feast of Christmas. All are welcome! There will be something for children, young people and adults! N.D.A. This Tuesday 9th December 2.30pm in the Parish Hall, Christmas celebrations: sherry, mince pies, carols etc. Lourdes Mass at Cathedral: There will be a Mass at the Cathedral this Monday, 8th December, to mark the end of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes. The Mass will be led by Bishop Peter and will begin at 7.30pm. All welcome. Christmas Craft Afternoon 13th December in the Church from about 2.30pm. Come and enjoy make Christmas Wreaths and other crafts. All profits will go towards the cost of the Christmas flowers in Church. Parish Christmas Party This Friday! The well-known generosity of St. Gregory’s Parishioners means that we have a magnificent Raffle with 25 great prizes & a tremendous value Tombola. Tickets have sold well but we still have some left (£5 adults, £2 children) – do come if you can! All raffle monies and counterfoils must be returned by Thursday 11 th – please hand them in at the Sacristy. Thank you for the offers of food – please bring them to the Hall after 4pm on the Friday. Thank you! Rosary Link: The next Rosary Link evening will be on Friday 12th December at St. Peter’s, Rushden. It begins with Mass at 7pm, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary at 7.30pm. All welcome. Christmas Concert: Abington Wind Band will present a concert, including carols and other seasonal music, in the Cathedral at 7.30pm on Sunday 14th December. Refreshments will be served. No tickets – a collection will be taken for the Cathedral Maintenance Fund. POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER General: That in the face of a spreading of a culture of violence and death the Church through her apostolic and missionary activity may promote w ith courage the culture of life. Mission: That especially in mission countries Christians may show with acts of fraternal love that the Child born in the stable at Bethlehem is the luminous Hope of the world CALENDAR OF EVENTS th Sunday 7 December 2.30pm Carols in the Park Abington Park Cafe Monday 8th December 7.30pm Mass at Cathedral to end 250th Anniversary Of Lourdes apparitions Friday 12th December Parish Christmas Party! Saturday 13th December 2.30pm Christmas Crafts in the Church Sunday 14th December 3pm Reflection & Prayer Before Advent in the Church Sunday 14th December 7.30pm Christmas Concert the Cathedral Mass Intentions: Please note that the diary is already filling up for 2009! If you know that you will want a specific date for a Mass Intention next year, please let me know in the office as soon as possible to save disappointment. Caryll. In the boot and shoe trade, clickers were important and respected people. In our worship clickers are important too. On previous Sundays we have used the projector at all Masses. Anyone who would like to be involved in preparing a presentation (we use PowerPoint) for either the 6.00 Saturday evening Mass or the 11.00 Mass on Sunday would be very welcome. Also, anyone willing to take a share in the presentation preparation for the 9.00 Sunday Mass would be very welcome. Please see Fr Andrew or Deacon Michael Fleming if you are willing to help.