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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

Next practice will be on Thursday 21 December after evening Mass (7.05pm).

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/

Confession / Reconciliation

As well as the usual Confession times, there will be several priests available on the evenings detailed below

Sunday 17 December, 6:00pm: at Blessed Sacrament
Friday 22 December, 6.00 - 7.00pm: at St Peter’s

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve
6.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas preceded by the Blessing of Crib
11.00pm Night Mass of Christmas preceded by Carols at 10.30pm

Christmas Day
9.00am Dawn Mass of Christmas
11.00am Day Mass of Christmas

Feast of St Stephen
Tuesday 26th at 12 noon


The Holy Father’s Catechesis on the Mass

Taking up the series of catecheses on the Mass, today we ask ourselves: Why go to Mass on Sunday?

The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the centre of the life of the Church (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2177). We Christians go to Mass on Sunday to encounter the Risen Lord, or, better, to let ourselves be encountered by Him, to listen to His word, to eat at His table, and thus become Church, that is, His living Mystical Body in the world today.

It was understood, from the first moment, by Jesus’ disciples, who celebrated the Eucharistic encounter with the Lord in the day of the week that the Jews called “the first of the week” and the Romans “day of the sun,” because on that day Jesus rose from the dead and He appeared to His disciples, speaking with them, eating with them, giving them the Holy Spirit (Cf. Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:9.14; Luke  24:1.13; John 20:1.19), as we heard in the biblical Reading. The great effusion of the Holy Spirit also happened on Sunday, the fiftieth day after Jesus’ Resurrection. For these reasons, Sunday is a holy day for us, sanctified by the Eucharistic celebration, the Lord’s living presence among us and for us. Hence, it is the Mass that makes Sunday Christian! The Christian Sunday revolves around the Mass. For a Christian, what sort of Sunday is it that lacks the encounter with the Lord?

What can we answer one who says there is no need to go to Mass, not even on Sunday, because what is important is to live well, to love one’s neighbour? It’s true that the quality of a Christian life is measured by the capacity to love, as Jesus said: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another” (John 13:35); but how can we practice the Gospel without drawing the necessary energy to do so, Sunday after Sunday, from the inexhaustible source of the Eucharist? We don’t go to Mass to give God something, but to receive from Him what we truly need. The prayer of the Church reminds us of this, which addresses God thus: “You do not need our praise, but by a gift of your love you call us to render thanks to you; our hymns of blessing do not enhance your grandeur, but obtain for us the grace that saves us” (Roman Missal, Ordinary Preface IV).

In conclusion, why go to Mass on Sunday? It’s not enough to answer that it’s a precept of the Church; this helps to keep its value, but it’s not enough on its own. We Christians need to take part in Sunday Mass because only with Jesus’ grace, with His living presence in us and among us, can we put into practice His commandment, and thus be His credible witnesses.


Notices

Please Pray for

The repose of the soul of Alexander Moroz RIP whose funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday 20 December at 2.00pm.

Raffaela Stravato who died this week.  Funeral arrangements at Blessed Sacrament will be announced.  May they rest in peace.

Hymn Books

Many thanks to the people who completed the questionnaire.  We have subsequently been made aware that there is an ongoing project in the Diocese at the moment to compile a Diocesan Hymn Book.  It would, therefore, seem wise to hold-off purchasing new books at this stage until we see where that project ends up.  Perhaps if you come to church with other family members you might consider sharing a hymn book at Mass in the meantime.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

Church Organist

Church Organists are in increasingly short supply.  The Second Vatican Council document on the Liturgy states: ‘In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendour to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man’s mind to God and to higher things.’
If there is anyone who has basic piano / keyboard skills who would like to try their hand at the organ, sponsorship for lessons would be available.

Thank You

Claire from the parish office would like to thank everyone who offered prayers, sent her cards and gave support and kind wishes following the recent death of her mum.  It is very much appreciated.

Aid to the Church in Need

Following the recent appeal, the total of £1,257.68 raised in gifts and sales.  A certificate of appreciation is displayed on the notice-board.

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Dates For Your Diary  

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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