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The St Teresa's Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 19th December 2021

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Sunday 19 December 2021

Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Year C

Synod 2023: Communion, Participation, Mission.

Caith do phuicin, Glan do lamha.

Fr Gabriel and Fr Laurence along with the parish pastoral council wish you and your families a happy and holy Christmas. With thanks to those who volunteer in the parish and those who prepared the churches for the celebration of Christmas.

Sunday Gospel When people settle down to enjoy Christmas, the Disney Channel will not be far away, Christmas time is full of all sorts of stories, fairytales, ghost stories or murder mysteries. We love a fantasy world and always expect the ‘happy ever after’. Mary’s story is something completely different, when she said yes to God’s Word, her life changed, she dedicated herself to the will of God. ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord’, was her response to what she was asked to do so that the Good News would be proclaimed to the ends of the earth. Mary’s story, her vocation was no fantasy, it was real, alive and active. She went as quickly as she could to be part of the mission. May our faith story be the same, may we act quickly in prayer and in love for one another.

Sunday Masses Holy Spirit vigil 5pm (Saturday), St Matthias’ 10am, St Teresa’s 12noon.

Week day Masses St Teresa’s Monday to Friday (Christmas Eve) 10am,

St Matthias’ Tuesday to Thursday 10am.

Masses for Christmas Day 2021

Christmas Eve: Holy Spirit 5pm, St Matthias 7pm, St Teresa’s 9pm.

Christmas Day: St Matthias 10am, St Teresa’s 12 noon

Church doors will close when the risk assessment capacity number is reached.

*UPDATE* Confession will be available after each Mass.

Confessions Saturday evening before Mass and on request.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin again on 7 January 2022.

To book a wedding or baptism, please contact the parish office (better to email).

Recently Deceased Roisin McDonald.

Months Mind Arthur Mooney, Anne McManus.

Anniversaries Bridget Bell, Annie McDonnell, Joan McGlone, Terry Monaghan,

Annie & James McGuckian, Patrick McAleese, Jean McRandle,

Michael Morris.

Candles will burn for Hannah Teresa McManus, Geordie & Mary McDonagh.

Offertory Collection Weekly £1110. Monthly £1316. Thank you.

Please consider the financial support of the parish.

Trocaire Gifts of Love Brochures and order forms are available this weekend in the church porches, please consider a global gift for those who are most in need. Gift are available to buy in the parish office.

Blessing for a Christmas Tree Bless this tree, this sign of life and freshness and perseverance in creation. It is a reminder that you are born anew in us each day. Bless our family and friends as we celebrate this joyful season. Keep us safe in our travels, kind in our conversations, and gracious in our giving and receiving. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing for a Christmas Crib O God, out of your love for us you sent your dearly beloved Son to become man. You willed that he be born in a humble stable in order to give us an example of humility. We pray you now to bless this crib, a representation of the scene of his birth; may it draw us closer to him. By imitating his humility may we become a worthy dwelling place for his rebirth, Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord. Amen.

Join Big Family Christmas and help to feed even more hungry children with Mary's Meals. For just £15.90 you can set a place for yourself or a loved one at our virtual Christmas dinner table. Your name will appear online and you’ll receive a beautiful digital placemat to pass on. And thanks to Double The Love, your donation will be matched by a group of generous supporters with up to £1.6 million available. This means each place-set will give two children the gift of life-changing school meals for a whole year – bringing them food, joy and hope this festive season. Search

Age NI winter helpline If you need help to stay warm or if you know an older person struggling this winter, contact the Age NI Advice and Advocacy Service on 0808 808 7575.

SVP Annual Collection 18/19 December 2021 The SVP annual appeal this year highlights how you can help alleviate the struggle of families facing impossible choices - heating the house or having Christmas dinner or putting presents under the tree. Help ensure everyone can enjoy a little bit of the magic that comes with this time of year. Please give as generously as you can to this appeal

Christmas Ballot will be drawn on 20 December 2021 at the Seniors Lunch Club in the parish centre. Thanks to all who contributed, donated prizes or sold tickets.

St Vincent De Paul Helpline No. 0741 9326678.