Christmas 2011 Mass Times
CHRISTMAS EVE - Sat  24 December
    NB No Saturday 5pm Vigil Mass
   
7pm          (Vigil) Family Mass .
11.15pm   Carols followed by Midnight
                 Mass

CHRISTMAS DAY - Sun 25 December   
8 & 10am Christmas Masses  

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Advent 2011 - A Time of Expectancy
ADVENT - a season (4 weeks before Christmas) which emphasises the perpetual prayer of the Christian: “Come Lord Jesus” (Rev 22.20).  But it is also a time of spiritual challenge to us, the disciples of the Lord.
Many of the readings of Advent are taken from the prophets and the prophets usually brought unpalatable truths to their hearers.

The message of the prophets was very simple but challenging: God was going to redeem us from our sins.  In the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 63; 16-17; 64:1.3-8) we hear of the desire for this to happen.

But the people of the time of Jesus had other ideas.  They wanted a Redeemer who would deliver them – from other people’s sins – from the injustices inflicted upon them, the oppression and the physical slavery they were suffering at the hands of others.

They would welcome with open arms a Saviour who would deliver them from others, but as for a Saviour who would deliver them from themselves – no thanks. That is why the prophets were so unpopular.  Jesus himself was rejected by the people of his time, due no doubt to his challenging preaching.  The people could not accept that Jesus came to give new life to people of ALL time!  And that includes US!  COME, LORD JESUS, COME.
 

Advent Calendar 2011

 

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

Sun 27  November       THE BANNER OF HOPE. 
ONE Candle on the Wreath

              10am  Mass     The Jesse Tree, the family Tree of Jesus

                                      A Presentation by School leavers of St Michael’s

Wed 30 November

                          7pm     First reconciliation Service for
Children & Parents preparing for First Holy Communion

 

SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Sun 4 December          THE BANNER OF LOVE..
TWO Candles on the Wreath

 

THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

Sun 12 December        THE BANNER OF JOY.
THREE Candles  on the Wreath

Wed 14 December      

                     7.30pm     Reconciliation Rite Two – Community Celebration 

Thurs 15 December    

                         6 pm     End of Year St Michael's School Mass

 

FOURTH WEEK  OF ADVENT

Sun 18 December        THE BANNER OF PEACE.
FOUR Candles on the Wreath

                          7pm     Reconciliation Rite Two – Community Celebration 

 

CHRISTMAS    SEASON

Sat 24 December         Christmas  Eve (Note - No 5pm Mass)

                          7pm     Vigil  FAMILY MASS.

                   11.15pm     Carols followed by Midnight Mass

 

Sun 25 December        Christmas Day

             8am & 10am     Christmas Masses

 

Sun 1 January 2012     New Year's Day

                          5pm     (Saturday) Vigil Mass

             8am & 10am     Mass
 

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