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					         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          andrew.behrens@ntlworld.com
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.

				
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