Parish News for
Sunday 13th Dec. 2009
Sunday of Advent
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Fr Peter Raftery CSSp
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
The Nearness of
The prophet Zephaniah,
writing in the seventh century BC, bids Jerusalem to
rejoice because salvation is near (First Reading). God
stands in her midst and will deliver her from her enemies.
God is portrayed, not only as a king and warrior, but
also as a loving bridegroom, who steadfastly loves his
unworthy and unfaithful bride.
The theme of
joy is even more emphatic in the Second Reading. Paul
calls on the Philippians to rejoice because the Lord
is near. (Paul was thinking about the Second Coming,
which he believed was near.) So there is no need to
worry. If they need anything, they are to pray for it,
and the peace of God will be with them.
The theme of
the nearness of the Lord is also at the heart of the
Gospel. John the Baptist tells the people what they
must do in order to prepare for the Lord’s coming
and to escape his searching judgement. At the same time
he makes it clear that he is subordinate to Jesus.
‘New Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies, Year B’
by Flor McCarthy SDB
Reading (Mic 5:1-4). The prophet Micah announces
to the beleaguered inhabitants of Jerusalem that a Ruler
will come from Bethlehem who will bring them peace.
Reading: (Heb 10:5-10). Jesus came, not to
offer the sacrifices of the old law, but to do the will
of God. His one perfect sacrifice replaces all the former
(Lk 1:39-45). Elizabeth praises Mary, and,
enlightened by the Holy Spirit, hints at the uniqueness
of the child she has concieved.
Prayer in Advent
to Friday inclusive at 9.30 am
Cathedral Carol Service
20th December at 6.00 pm
to be an enchanting evening of song, prayer and readings
as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. As is customary
we appeal for children to bring presents of new toys
and adults to donate sweets, biscuits, vouchers or cash
(no other foodstuffs) to make Christmas a happy time
for other families who are less fortunate. Please identify
wrapped gifts with gender and age. St Vincent De Paul
Society will distribute the gifts to the families in
College’s Carol Service
in St. Eugene’s Cathedral
at 8.15 pm.
Calling all Instrumentalists
If you would be
available and would like to play in St Eugene’s
Cathedral Orchestra at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
please contact Sister Perpetua on 07549801610.
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
25 Aberfoyle Terrace.
they rest in peace.
the anniversaries of:
Norah Teresa Mullan,
Annie O’Reilly and Mary (Dottie) Clarke.
rest in peace.
as members of the Christian community:
Flat 5, Shepard’s View.
31 Glencaw Park.
Sarah Anne Gill,
25 Glenside Gardens.
47 Glen Road.
10.00 am Jimmy Doyle
07.30 pm Charlie McDermott
on duty next Weekend
06.15 pm Thomas Gallagher
07.30 pm James Garvin
09.30 am Brendan Burns
11.00 am Patrick Lynch/
12.30 pm Don Clarke
Team *A* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
Fr Daniel McFaul
will visit the sick this week as follows:
Mon 10.00 am:
Rosemount Gdns, Montrose Gdns, Ernest St: Rosemount
Ave, Academy Tce, Northland Parade, Tutor Close, De
Mon pm: Lower
Nassau St, Glen Road, Ardglen Pk, Glenbank Rd, Northland
Rd, Edanmount Pk, Glenview St.
Tues am: Meadowview
Cres, Osborne St, Norcross St, Baldrick Cres, Cedar
St, Argyle St, Argyle Tce, Glasgow Tce, Glenview Ave.
Tues pm: Glenbrook House.
St Vincent de
Paul acknowledges with thanks
a donation of
£100 recently received.
Retreat from Friday next until Sunday in Newbridge,
County Kildare. Free bus leaving Derry on Friday at
1.00 pm opposite the Foyle Valley Railway Station. The
retreat is for young people aged 16-35 yrs and is donation
Fr Canny acknowledges with thanks donations for:
Trócaire: £110, £60. St Pio: €20.
Fr Paddy McIntyre’s Missionary Work: £144.50.
Cathedral Funds: £200. Fr Canny will forward a
donation of £50 to LASCO.
Last Week’s Collection amounted to £3513.
The Good Shepherd Sisters thank all who supported
last weekend’s Sharing Fair Christmas Sale which
raised £2,500 including donations. The Sisters
have a permanent stock of items at 38 Dungiven Road,
Advent evening retreats in preparation for
Christmas in Termonbacca on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
from 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm. An opportunity to spend some
time in quiet adoration, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
and celebrate Mass.
at Iosas Centre And Celtic Prayer Garden, Lenamore
Road, Muff. Christmas gifts, cards and handmade items
Family Padre Pio Prayer Group Monthly Meeting
in the Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty on Tuesday
night starting with 7.30 pm Mass. There will be two
1st class relics of St Pio available at the meeting.
Devotions on Tuesday in St Columb’s Church,
Waterside commencing with Rosary at 7.00 pm followed
by Mass at 7.30 pm.
honour of Blessed Alexandrina Maria Da Costa
today (Sunday) at 7.30 pm in Termonbacca.
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