Sunday 14th December 2014

St. Mary of the Angels & St. Clare, Elbow Street, Levenshulme, M19 3PY.

Tel. 248 8836

St. Richard & St. Robert, Sutcliffe Avenue, Longsight, M12 5TN. Tel. 224 1498

Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Dever             Assistant Priest: Fr. David Egan           

      

 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT   (Gaudete Sunday)

 

 Masses during the Week 

Sunday 14th December

9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s -11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s

6.00pm Advent Talk led by Fr. Michael Cupit in St. Mary’s Presbytery.

Monday 15th December – 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Tuesday 16th December – 9.30m Mass at St. Mary’s

Wednesday 17th December – 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’

Thursday 18th December – 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s

6.00pm Reception at St. Richard’s for James Campbell

Friday 19th December – 9.15am Funeral Mass at St. Richard’s

for James Campbell

Saturday 20th December

11.00am Advent Mass at St. Mary’s

followed by Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help.

5.00pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s

6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s

 

Confessions

Saturday 11.30am to 12noon – St. Mary’s

Saturday 4.30pm to 4.50pm – St. Richard’s

 

Pray for the sick and housebound especially for those who are known to you. May the Good Lord strengthen and comfort them. Pray also for all who care for the sick.

 

Grant eternal rest to those who have died recently

Sandra Israel, James Campbell

 

Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time Christopher Thomas Duffy, Mary McKenna, Joseph Larkin, John Brady

 

ADVENT IN ST. MARY’S

We continue our preparation for Christmas with a talk and questions with Fr. Michael Cupit from St. Philip’s Parish, Offerton this evening (Sunday) at 6pm. Please note the talk will be held in the Meeting Room in St. Mary’s Presbytery, NOT IN THE CHURCH.  Please come to the front door of the house. Do try to set this time aside; no better way to prepare for Christmas.

 

THE THIRD CANDLE (Candle of Joy)

The third candle indicates that the only lasting Joy to be found in life on earth is through Christ. All other joy is fleeting and does not last.

 

THE DEEP END – ‘A witness to speak for the light’

There is so much darkness around us: in the Church, in the troubled parts of the world, in our own families and even in our own hearts. It is easy to become cynical. The Gospel today tells us that John the Baptist was someone who was ‘a witness to speak for the light.’ He gave hope to people. We can think of many people in society today who witness to the light. One that comes to mind is Malala Yousafzai. Malala was shot by the Taliban on her way to school in Pakistan. She was targeted for speaking out on the rights of women to education. She has said: ‘We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. I was shot on a Tuesday at lunchtime, one bullet, one gunshot heard around the world.’ Malala was in her chemistry class when she heard she was to be the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She celebrated by going on to a physics class.

Look around your families and communities and you will see many who witness to the light. We each have the capacity to do the same, however dark the situation may be. The Gospel challenge is to bring hope and good news

 

ST. MARY’S SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

Next Sunday, 21st December we welcome parents and children of the Sacramental Preparation programme to our 11 o’clock Mass. It is for them another step on the road to receiving Jesus, who on the first Christmas was born in Bethlehem, the ‘City of Bread’. He is for us and for them the ‘Bread of Life’.

 

ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS FAIR

Many thanks to all who supported the event. These are not easy times for anyone, but the generosity of all surrounding this ‘fundraiser’ was commendable. A special word of thanks to all who prepared the hall and transformed it into a fair ground. The event raised £2,394.Well done to everyone.

 

GRAND DRAW PRIZE WINNERS

1st Prize: TV                          : Anne Burke                        (Claimed)

2nd “Samsung Tablet           : Zhara Treanor               (Claimed)

3rd “ iPod                               : Luke Kedian                      (Claimed)

4th “ £50 Voucher                 : McGee                            (Unclaimed)

RAFFLE PRIZES

Harry Dog Teddy                 : Joel Farrey                          (Claimed)

Door Ticket 252                   : Prize Hamper                (Unclaimed)

Vodka                                    : Ann Muldowney               (Claimed)

Weight of  Cake                   : Kath Cunningham            (Claimed)

 

ST. MARY’S APF/MILL PROMOTERS

If it is at all possible, could promoters who have not yet returned money collected from the red mission boxes please do so by the end of next week to Wyn O’Connor. Money received after then will not be included in this year’s total for St. Mary’s. Thank you.

 

BULLETIN

Items for the Parish Bulletin can be left at the Presbytery or email to info@stmaryslevenshulme.co.uk by Thursday midday at the latest. The weekend bulletin is published on Friday mornings.

 

 

NO BREAKFAST WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE PARISH CENTRE TODAY, SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER DUE TO THE KERRY ASSOCIATION DINNER DANCE