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Second Sunday of Advent, Year A
"Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever."
Exploring the Psalms - Seeking expressions of interest. A group of 10 parishioners participated in this six-week programme and found it informative & enriching. They would like to recommend it to others. It requires an hour’s reading each week before the group session, and includes a weekly 20 minutes DVD.
We could offer a Monday evening programme during Lent next year, if enough people interested. Books would need to be purchased & DVD series booked before the end of this year from Diocesan Centre. Ring parish office 4423 1712 by 16th December if you would like to participate.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Monday 9th December.
All of the titles and privileges that we associate with Mary are either a preparation for or following on from the fact that she was mother of Christ.
The Gospel described Mary as ‘full of grace’ i.e. in perfect relationship with God, sharing God’s favour completely. This was something the Church always believed and taught, but it was only clarified theologically and defined in 1854. Significantly this was the title Mary used to identify herself to St. Bernadette at Lourdes during her 16th Apparition on March 25th 1858.
During the week ahead 120 youth and young adults from the Diocese of Wollongong will attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth with Bishop Mascord. The group of 90 students and young adults includes 6 from St John’s from Years 9-11, and their supervisors. Please pray that their experience will form them in their faith and bring about a deeper encounter with Jesus and the Church.
People with Coeliac are advised there is a suitable Communion Host available for them in our churches. The host is placed in a pyx on the altar for consecration and is kept separate from regular hosts in the ciborium at the time of distribution. Fr Pat and Fr Duane have been consecrating these hosts for Coeliacs for the last few years. All you need to do is tell Father before Mass and he will see that your host is available for you to receive. If you would like more information, please contact Patricia Bourke 0433 509 636.
The Catholic bishops of Australia have announced a National Prayer Campaign for the gift of rain during November.
The faithful across the country are encouraged to pray for the gift of rain, for people affected by the drought and to provide practical support, where possible.
For links to donate to the Vinnies NSW Drought Appeal, visit: www.catholic.org.au/drought
Prayer for rain and those affected
In wisdom and love you created our earth to sustain us and give us life.
We turn to you now in faith, hope and love, asking you to look with favour on our drought-stricken land,
on our starving animals, on our failing crops.
Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers and to all who are affected by drought; be with
those who support them.
In your loving providence, send abundant rain and restore our parched earth.
Father of all compassion, hear our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son, in whom the promise of new
life has dawned, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life: Renew your
faithful people; Renew the face of the earth.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Mary, help of Christians – Pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – Pray for us.
Samaritan Group Reminder - The Nowra community offers emergency meals to people in times of special need. Let us know if you are aware of someone who might need this short-term care. New volunteers also welcome. Sue or Bev 44212260 or Bernadette 0402136691.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church - call for choir members. If you have an interest in singing and would like to assist at the 9.30am Mass on Sundays, please have a word after Mass or ring Deirdre on 44437825.