On Wednesday 19th December at 2.00pm, the St. Mary’s Friendship Club have invited a guest speaker to tell us about ‘The History of Christmas’. We invite any
parishioners to be with us that afternoon in the Parish Centre. It will be followed by tea and mince pies.
All will be made very welcome, so come and experience an interesting presentation with us.
The next Men’s Evening of Reconciliation is Tuesday 11th December.
Refreshments from 6.30pm, followed by formational talk at 7.00pm, then time for prayer, confession and adoration.
It has proved impossible to find a suitable date for this event at St Mary of the Angels this year. Local reconciliation services during Advent are:
- St Michael, High Salvington, Sunday 16th, 3.00pm
- St Catherine, Littlehampton, Monday 17th, 7.30pm
- Christ the King, Steyning, Tuesday 18th, 10.30am
- St Joseph, Rustington, Wednesday 19th, 10.30am
- English Martyrs, Goring, Thursday 20th, 7.30pm
- St Peter, Shoreham, Thursday 20th, 7.30pm
- Our Lady, East Preston, Friday 21st, 6.30pm
- St Charles, East Worthing, Friday 21st, 7.30pm
Remember, confessions are available here every day at 10.30am and after all Sunday Masses in Advent
All parishioners are invited to an Advent Adventure at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School on Friday 14th December, 2.00pm – 2.45pm. During the adventure we shall be sharing with you some of our favourite seasonal songs whilst you enjoy mince pies and mulled wine or a cup of tea! We look forward to seeing you there. Do come!
Would you like to see our younger children performing their Nativity? Again, all parishioners are invited to the dress rehearsal on Monday 10th December at 9.30am. The rehearsal will take place in the hall at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.
Do please come along to be part of their first audience!
Advent is a season of the liturgical year when we are invited to step aside from the busy-ness of life and reflect on our spiritual journey – to “Prepare a way for the Lord” (Luke 3:4). On Saturday 15th December, from 2–5pm, there will be an opportunity for reflection and prayer in the Lady Chapel. The theme will be Our Lady – “The Lord has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49).
You are welcome. Please sign-up if you plan to come (it helps with resources etc.).
Sign-up sheets at both entrances.
The Saviour whom we await [at Advent] is able to transform our life with his grace, with the power of the Holy Spirit, with the power of love. The Holy Spirit, in fact, infuses our hearts with God’s love, the inexhaustible source of purification, of new life and freedom. The Virgin Mary fully lived this reality, allowing herself to be ‘baptized’ by the Holy Spirit who inundated her with his power. May she, who prepared for the coming of Christ with the totality of her existence, help us to follow her example and may she guide our steps to the coming Lord.
Pope Francis, Advent 2017
Tickets for our Big Christmas Raffle will be on sale after Masses on Sundays during November in the Lady Chapel. The draw will take place during the Coffee Morning on the first Friday of December. Any donated prizes will be very welcome.
The feast of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION is on 8th December. At 7.30pm in the church there will be a special sung Mass (with choir and organ) to celebrate this great feast. All welcome!
You are very welcome to join one of the following friendly, prayerful groups for Advent. They last about one and a half hours, once a week, and we reflect on the forthcoming Sunday’s Mass Readings. Leaflets will be provided at the meetings. See the following dates and venues:
- From Monday 19th November; 2.00pm, off Wallace Avenue. Contact Roz & Michael (507167)
- From Tuesday 20th November; 2.00pm, Marine Parade. Contact Marisa & Mike (539970)
- From Friday 23rd November; 8.00pm, Westcourt Road. Contact Anne & Norma (231014)
For further information and to show your interest, please ‘phone the relevant ‘phone number, as future dates and details may vary. Come to one or two if you cannot make it every week.
We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.
St Louis Marie de Montfort (1673 – 1716)
Wednesday 21st November is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady