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The St Teresa's Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 26th December 2021

Sunday 26 December 2021

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

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 peaceful New Year.

Sunday Gospel It’s a strange part of life that many times we can lose sight of things that are important to us. Mary and Joseph lost sight of their only child and had to return to the Temple to find him at ‘his Father’s business’. That business, or mission, was to bring the Good News of salvation to all peoples and as a child, Jesus bears witness to the Father’s love. Christmas time is celebrated every year to give us the opportunity to renew our faith in God’s promises, that we are redeemed in the name of Jesus. Many times we can lose sight of what is important to us: family, faith, friends and relations. We can get caught up in things that have no real value or purpose. Mary and Joseph found Jesus in their house of prayer. That reality teaches us that daily prayer brings Jesus and his ways into our lives.

Sunday Masses 26 December 2021: St Matthias’ 10am, St Teresa’s 12noon.

Week day Masses St Teresa’s Monday to Saturday 10am, St Matthias’ Tuesday &

Thursday 10am, Wednesday 11.30am.

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

Recently Deceased Teresa Magee, Kevin Toner, Thomas Woods.

Anniversaries Mary McDonagh, Joseph Gerard McCann, Rita Cushnan, Hugh McPoland,

Phyllis McPoland, Kathleen Horan (nee Poland), Rachel Caldwell,

Anne Caldwell.

Candles will burn for Mary Russell, Mary McDonagh, Paul & Jo Wilson.

Offertory Collection Weekly £1 014. Thank you.

Please consider the financial support of the parish.

Chrismas Ballot A word of thanks to those who organised and sold ballot tickets for parish funds. A total of £3 005. was raised. Congratulations to the prize winners.

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.

Bishop Treanor’s Christmas Message 2021“…they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.” (Mt 2:9) The Christmas Star then and now. The infancy narratives in St Luke’s gospel (Lk 1:1-2:52) fascinate in so many ways. Whether child or adult, imagination is fired, life experiences are evoked, and faith is awakened or revived for many. On that first Christmas in Bethlehem many journeys of faith came together in adoration of the Christ-child. Guided by the light of a star and discerning the path to follow, shepherds and wise men encountered God incarnate in a child. Falling to their knees in worship and prayer, a new light illuminated their minds and lives. As each arrived at the manger, ‘heart spoke unto heart’ as they encountered the human face of God and the divine face of humanity. This was a graced moment of divine revelation that would change their lives forever. Today, the light of that Christmas star beams into our lives, wherever we are on our own life’s journey.

Mary and Joseph: parenting in uncertain times. For their part, Mary and Joseph had already made their journey to the town of Bethlehem. It was a journey marked by hardship and hope, abandonment and promise, desperation and providence. Indeed, many of us can see aspects of our own lives mirrored in their difficult journey. Despite their fears and the uncertainty of their situation, Mary and Joseph opened their hearts to welcome this precious little infant into the world. Their humble cooperation with God’s plan of salvation led to the most graced moment of human history, when the eternal God took on human flesh. The birth of this child brought joy and new hope into the world.

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Through an Act of Perfect Contrition, you can receive the forgiveness of your sins outside formal confession, even mortal sins, provided that you determine yourself to correct your life and make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as possible, when it becomes available. • In reality or in your mind kneel at the foot of a crucifix and repeat: "Jesus, my God and my Saviour, in the midst of your agony you remembered me, you suffered for me, you wanted to purify me from my sins". • Contrition is "perfect" if you repent of your sins because you love God and you sincerely regret having offended Him and having contributed Christ's sufferings on the Cross. • Recite, slowly and sincerely, an act of contrition focusing on the goodness of God and your love for Jesus: "O my God, since you are so good, I am sincerely repentant for having sinned against you and with the help of your grace I will no longer sin. Amen". • Make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as possible.

Saint Joseph, man of silence, you who in the Gospel did not utter a single word, teach us to fast from vain words, to rediscover the value of words that edify, encourage, console and support. Be close to those who suffer from words that hurt, like slander and backbiting, and help us always to match words with deeds. Amen. (Pope Francis).

St Vincent De Paul Helpline No. 0741 9326678.

First Saturday Devotions will take place 1 January 2022 at 3pm in St Matthias.