Sunday 7th 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           

  SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

 Masses during the Week  

Sunday 7th December

9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s

11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s

6.00pm Advent Talk led by

Fr. Michael Cupit at St. Mary’s Presbytery.

 

Monday 8th December – 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Tuesday 9th December – 9.15am Mass at St. Mary’s School.

Wednesday 10th December – 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Thursday 11th December – 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s

Friday 12th December – 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

10.15am Funeral Service for Sandra Israel at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 13th 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

 

Feasts of the Week

Monday 8th December: THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.

Tuesday 9th December: Saint Juan Diego Cuahtlatoatzin

Thursday 11th December: Saint Damasus I, Pope

Friday 12th December: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Saturday 13th December: Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr.

 

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

Vincent Sakalas, Sandra Israel, Liam McGarrigle

 

Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time Billy Scott, Winnie Doyle, Laura Slattery, Margaret Doran, Jerry Fagan, Martin White, James Arthur.

 

THE HOLY FATHER’S INTENTIONS (December)

Universal: That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.

For Evangelization: That parents may be true evan-gelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

 

THE WORD THIS WEEK

Throughout the first three weeks of Advent our focus is very clearly on the Second Coming of the Lord – not so much on the run up to Christmas (until the last week). If we view Advent as a preparation for Christmas the readings today will make little sense – and neither will the figure of John the Baptist who appears today: if it’s about the preparation for Christmas, then John the Baptist, preaching after Jesus was born, is a confusing figure: but his role is to preach to us, as he did of old, and to prepare us for the (second) coming of the Lord. Today we have a very graphic reference to the end of time and the Second Coming in the reading from Saint Peter; it is a frightening picture, and so the first reading offers tender words of comfort to help us understand who is coming, and why we should be ready to meet him.

 

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.

 

MARY’S CHRISTMAS FAIR

Today (Sunday) after the 11 o’clock Mass, our Christmas Fair takes place in the parish centre. Father Christmas will be in his grotto wiaiting for his visitors. A special word of thanks to all the people who have worked so hard in preparing for today. Also everyone who donated items for the different stalls; these are not easy times for anyone, but your generosity was commendable. All it needs now is your presence to make it a happy and successful occasion.

 

SENIOR CITIZEN’S FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Will you please note that due to popular demand all the tickets have now been allocated for the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Lunch which will be held at St. Mary’s Parish Centre on Sunday 21st December at 2pm.

 

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES FOR SEAFARERS

Sister Edith is asking for donations of toiletries, hats, gloves, chocolate etc. for the seafarers who visit the Apostleship of the Sea Centre in Liverpool. Most of the seafarers tend to be family men, who go to sea in order to provide for their wives and children back home, typically in poorer parts of the world, and, have been away from home for many months. Any contributions can be put in the bag marked AOS which will be in the church porch for the next two weekends.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 NEXT SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER DUE TO THE KERRY ASSOCIATION DINNER DANCE.