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 2nd Sunday of Advent
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  Advent 2017

We have decided that our charity fundraising (Parish Bazaar, Chef & Spice Fundraising Evening etc) for the coming year from Advent 2017 to Advent 2018 will go to support The Laura Centre and The Bridge: Homelessness to Hope charities.

If you would like to find out more about these charities, or make a donation, please visit their website via the links below.

The Bridge Leicester The Bridge Leicester

The Bridge – Homelessness to Hope is an outreach to the lost and lonely of Leicester, to the homeless and to those who just have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.

The Laura Centre The Laura Centre

The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.


Reverse Advent Calendar

During Advent, there will be a box at the back of church where items can be placed to donate to Womens Aid Leicestershire. Suggested donations include: toiletries, dried fruit, socks and little gifts.  This initiative is being organised by the Young Adults Group and the Girls Uniformed Groups and is being co-ordinated by Sharon Denston and Mairi-Frances McKay.  Please support their efforts!

Walk With Me

Daily reflections and prayers for Advent.  Available as you enter church, suggested donation £1.00 which can be placed in the slot marked ‘Piety’ in the piety / newspaper stall in the porch.

Singing for Christmas

We are again this year forming a choir to sing at the Christmas Vigil Mass and to provide some singing in one or two of the local nursing homes. This week we will be practicing on Thursday 14 December in Church at 7.10pm.  Please come and join us!

Carol Singing in Nursing Homes

Saturday 16 December 3.00pm Westcotes Nursing Home, Hinckley Road.  Meet at the Church at 2.55pm to walk together.

Christmas Church Clean

Saturday 23 December 12.00 – 2.00pm.   Please consider giving up a bit of time to come and help give the Church a thorough clean before Christmas!  If you are able to bring cleaning materials, step ladders etc it would be a great help.  I take this opportunity to thank our dedicated group of parishioners who clean the church week in and week out.

CAFOD World Gifts

Give gifts that change lives this Christmas!  Pick up a catalogue from the entrance porch or visit the cafod website: https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/


Advent is a time to prioritize God, overcome indifference, Pope says

On Sunday Pope Francis began the Church's Advent season saying it is a time to let go of the worldly distractions that take us away from God, and focus on growing closer to him through prayer and concern for others.

Referring to the day's readings, which stress the importance of being vigilant, the Pope said “the watchful person is one who, in the noise of the world, does not let themselves be overwhelmed by distraction or superficiality, but lives in a full and conscious way, with a concern above all for others.”

With this attitude, we quickly become aware “of the tears and necessity of our neighbour and we can also welcome the human and spiritual qualities and capacities,” he said, adding that an attentive person, “also turns to the world, trying to counteract indifference and the cruelty of it, rejoicing in the treasures of beauty that also exist and must be preserved.”

He focused his address on the day's Gospel reading from Mark, in which Jesus tells his disciples to “Be watchful! Be alert!,” because “you do not know when the time will come.”

Advent, he said, is a time given to us “to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, to verify our desire for God, to look ahead and prepare ourselves for the return of Christ.”


Notices

Please Pray for

Nuala Nutting RIP who died this week. Her body will be received into Blessed Sacrament Church at 5pm on Sunday 10th December and her requiem Mass will be offered at Blessed Sacrament Church at 1.15pm on Monday 11th December. May she rest in peace. Nuala is the mother of Claire Harrold who works in the parish office.

Please also pray for Fr Michael Lynch RIP who died this week. His funeral arrangements are as follows: Tuesday 12 December 7.00pm Mass with Reception of Fr. Michael’s body into church. Wednesday 13 December 11.30am Requiem Mass, at which the Bishop will be the Principal Celebrant. Following the Requiem Mass all attending, are invited to enjoy refreshments in the parish hall.

Please also pray for Lorenzo Boccuzzi who died recently.  His funeral Mass is due to take place at 1.00pm on Friday 15 (to be confirmed).

Thank you very much

To everyone who has donated sleeping bags to the Bridge Homelessness to Hope project and food and toiletries to the Red Cross appeal for refugees - these are distributed by the Leicester City of Sanctuary charity. More sleeping bags are needed. Please see the notice-board for the list of suitable items which can be left in the boxes under the newspaper shelf. Knitted squares are needed for our second blanket for refugees. Please help yourself to a pattern from the small plastic box under the newspapers. Thank you to everyone who contributed to last year's blanket - watch the notice-board for a photo! Angela

Lift to Mass

I drive a Wheelchair Access Vehicle. If you're disabled, infirm, elderly or any age but have health problems, I would be very happy to give you a lift to one or both of the following Mass's:

Saturdays - 11am St Peters Latin Mass Hinckley Rd Leicester
Sundays   - 12.30pm Holy Cross Latin Mass Wellington St Leicester

For persons living within the Leicester City Boundary or just outside.
Please don't hesitate to call John:  07814 720 642

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Dates For Your Diary  

UCM

Next meeting on 13th December

ABBA Christmas Musical

By public demand, “Mother Mary” the musical version of the Christmas story with specially written words to the music of “Mamma Mia” is being presented again in Hinckley this year. First written and produced in 2010, it was presented to great acclaim also in 2011 and 2013, and has so far raised in excess of £8,500 for local charities working with people in need. A choir of 75 people and a group of people with learning difficulties will be presenting the 18 song musical, 7:30pm at:

St.Peter’s Church, Hinckley on Thursday January 14 and Tuesday January 19
St.Mary’s Church, Loughborough on Friday December 15
St.Joseph’s Church, Leicester on Monday December 18.

A unique ‘interactive’ feature of the production is that the audience are invited to sing the songs with the cast, who are at present very excited at the opportunity of presenting it again. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 concessions and, because of generous sponsorship, the entire proceeds will be distributed to charities in Hinckley, Loughborough and Leicester just in time for Christmas. Details from St.Peter’s Priory, Leicester Rd., Hinckley LE10 1LW (Tel.01455 634443) or hinckleypriory@gmail.com

Pilgrimages

There are two pilgrimages next year, picking up Leicester.  One in April to Lisieux and one in June to Lourdes & Nevers. If you would like to find out more, see the posters on the notice-board or contact Fr John McCay on 0115 981 0320 Email jmccay1982@yahoo.co.uk

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