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Good Shepherd - Newsletter
Advent 2019 - Advent 2020:

"The Year of the Word" celebrating 1400 anniversary of St. Jerome & 10th anniversary of "Dei Verbum"

We encourage all parishioners to share in Friday Adoration. 12.40 p.m.-3.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.-7.15 p.m. Adoration of Our Blessed Lord enriches our spiritual lives in Union with the Eucharistic Christ and the mystery of His redemptive power.

begins again on the 5th December under the title of "The Dignity of the Human Person". We commend this to you and all are encouraged to avail of this programme that will support our vision and understanding of the Gospel. Meet from 7.00 p.m. onwards (refreshments) for a 7.30 start followed by an opportunity of discussion. All welcomed. Why not begin to bring your non-Sacramentally Active friends, family or neighbours to an opportunity to deepen their vision and understanding of the Faith, without obligation and in a warm and friendly atmosphere?

All are invited to the Children's Christingle Celebration on Saturday, 7th December at 12 noon in the Church followed by our Parish Luncheon, 1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. when hot and cold meals are served accompanied by "nibbles" in the Marian Hall. You will find various activities from tombola to a three hamper Christmas Raffle; "Homemade by Mummy" - personalised gifts and jewellery which can be personalised on the day, and Usborne Books. Steve McGill, singer, Magician and Balloon Modeller will be in the Josephinium to entertain the children and we hope to have "Studio % " Dance Troup on site also. All this and throughout the afternoon Santa and his little helpers will be on hand to share your "Secret Santa" Gift. Can't be bad. Secret Santa's are available at £4.00 per ticket, which ensures a return of that amount, BUT so many of the boxes, as in previous years contain gifts of far greater amount; wines and spirits, gift tokens, etc. and of course there is one box with the star prize of £250.00. A huge thank you to our donors who make this wonderful afternoon possible by the supply of all gifts; supporting the event by being "front of house" or in the kitchen; ticket sales and Raffle & Tombola promoters. Come and enjoy and help to build our parish community with fun, fun, fun. See you there!

With mulled wine and mince pies after the Carol Service, on Friday, 13th December (Carol Service begins at 7.00 p.m.) followed by convivium (enjoying yourself) in the Marian Hall afterwards, with Secret Santa Gifts available for collection. We shall have your Secret Santa Gift available until the 6th January - the Christmas Feast of the Epiphany.

Once again enthusiastic request has identified the idea and value of a Christmas Tree Festival in the Church for the 7th December. Can you as an individual, or perhaps collectively as a group, get together and develop a Christmas Tree theme. Prizes for the best judged trees between Secret Santa (7th December) and 6th January will be awarded to the individual or group and a donation to CAFOD given from the parish on their behalf. Thinking caps on. Get a leaflet from the back of the Church.

Unfortunately our Newsletter is printed before the Bazaar event, but thanks to all who organise and run it. Yes its fame has spread to the Royal Bank of Scotland in the City Centre where it was discussed last Wednesday. We thank all who have had a part to make this, no doubt a tremendous parish event. Thank you for all your donations, all your energy and effort, all your vision and ideas, and for coming and bringing your friends and family. A tremendous effort.

"You have restored the joy of my youth" says the psalmist and the Easter Liturgy. Yes as reported last week (with a thousand pardons addressed to Polly Jarvis - we blame the Gremlins for the inadvertent missing of her name from among the contestants) all of our Swimming Club; Dolphins, minnows and mermaids fulfilled their tasks. Independently invigilated by Mrs Staiano and Mrs Nokes all completed their target lengths and hope to collect sponsorships now. You'll find them in the Narthex. Thank you to all who supported the efforts of our young people to support our Parish Debt. Well done to all.

If you would like to support the Parish Flower Guild (our thanks to them) there is a second collection the Weekend of 7th/8th December for Christmas flowers.

Please sign the clipboards to host the parish travelling Crib and pray for the needs of your family and the wider parish family in Advent. Details at the back of the Church.

Our Bishops have asked us to celebrate this by opportunities to value the Sacred Text that we call the Bible; a library of books inspired by the Holy Spirit. We are asked to emphasise the Gift of this in our community throughout the year. Ordinarily the Lectionary will lie open before us, for our veneration and be processed to the Lectern, which is the first of the Two Tables, referred to by Vatican II. As such the Lectern should be reserved for the proclamation of the word alone; the Gospel particularly emphasised as the Words of Jesus, indicated by the Acolytes (symbols of the Easter Paschal Candle). Please note, our First Sacrament Families and Confirmation Candidates have received a copy of the New Testament for support in the programme of Sacramental preparation. Lectors are especially asked to reverence the Sacred Text by dignified procession from the Centre of the Community to the place of proclamation.

This week at 10.30 a.m. Holy Mass we celebrate the Community's Rite of Election of those from among us who would seek the Sacrament of Confirmation next June 15th when the Bishop will be in the parish. It's a marvellous opportunity to identify the youth of our community and to begin our encouragement and prayer for them and their families.

Please could all members (and friends) who have booked a place on the Club outing to Belvoir Castle (Christmas lights, fun and delights etc.) ensure they meet outside of the Church (Facilities open for comfort before you leave!) by 8.15 a.m. ready for a prompt departure at 8.30 a.m. Further information, contact Lily Saks (See newsletter).

meets next Wednesday from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. in the Lady Chapel. Join us as we pray for parish, families and those in need, and to enjoy a time of peace and reflection in God's presence. For information ring Ann or Jane (see newsletter).

In 2020 Hungary hosts the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. Such event was organised in Hungary in 1938, with five hundred thousand participants, fifty thousand came from abroad. This is a huge ecclesiastic event, actually a one-week-long feast - said Rev. Kornél Fábry, Secretary General of the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest. Holy Father Francis has asked for the Hungarian Church to celebrate the next Eucharistic Congress in Budapest from the 13th - 20th September, 2020. This congress in honour of the Most Blessed Sacrament takes place every four years (2016 in the Philippines, 2012 in Dublin). Perhaps parishioners would like to travel and participate?

Holy Mass for those listed in our November Envelopes will be celebrated throughout the coming weeks. We remember especially:
Elizabeth Humphries RIP whose funeral rites take place this Monday at 11.15 a.m. prior to interment at Redhill Cemetery.
Nicholas (Nick) Skerritt RIP who will be received into the Church on Monday evening at 4.30 p.m. prior to Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 10.00 a.m. followed by interment at Carlton Cemetery. Nick will be remembered at the Good Shepherd for the donation of the apple and pear trees which form part of the "Peace Garden" at the front of the Church. May these faithful souls now find rest with the Lord.
FINALLY thank you

to all of our parishioners and benefactors who support the Good Shepherd parish. Bless you all.

Thank you for your generosity to the food bank. It is in constant need of tinned products, pasta, tea and coffee and all the necessities of the family larder. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Dear parishioners:

PLEASE CONTINUE to offer courtesy to our neighbours when parking cars in the vicinity of the Church. Thanks!
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