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The St. Teresa’s Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 27th November 2022



Sunday 27 November 2022,

First Sunday of Advent

Synod 2023: Communion, Participation, Mission.


Sunday Gospel You too must stand ready’. Jesus asks his disciples to stand ready, ready for his coming among us in Word and Sacrament and at the end of time. There are many ways that Jesus wants us to be ready for action, the action of prayer and the service of others, especially those who are in any kind of need. Advent is the time and space to wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Saviour. We are not to stand idly by as if there is nothing to do, we are to actively wait by the love and that we give and receive to one another.


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


Weekday Masses St Teresa’s Monday to Saturday 10am, St Matthias’ Tuesday to Thursday10am.


Confessions Before Saturday Vigil Mass and on request.


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


Recently Deceased Patrick Maguire, Barry McKee, Fr Gerry Cassidy, Brian McCabe.


Months Mind John Davey.


Anniversaries Joseph Morrison, Marjorie Cunningham, Packy McArdle, Liam Dempsey.

Candles Burning Marjorie & Billy Cunningham, Liam Dempsey.


Birthday Memory Nicola McGivern.


A Word of thanks to the Bethany Group for organising this year’s Mass for bereaved parishioners.


Parish Draw Winners Martin Gorman, Mr Collins, Mary O’Neill, Mary Simpson, D.Kane.


Attention all Promoters for the Parish Draw. Any remaining monies due for the end of the year, please forward to the Parish Office no later than 13th December 2022.


Offertory Collection £1 654. Thank you.


Stage & Screen... and a touch of Christmas! Join St Agnes' Choral Society for an evening of songs from musicals and film, with Christmas music to get us all in the spirit! Sunday 11 December 2022, 7pm, St Anne's Parish Centre, Finaghy BT10 0NE, Tickets £10+fees. Tickets can be booked via this link: shorturl.at/bruWY


SVP Christmas Appeal 2022 Dear Parishioners, The present times are difficult for everyone. For many the Christmas Season imposes an extra burden. The families and individuals affected are supported very generously by parishioners’ responses throughout the year and particularly during our Christmas Appeal. This season we are working in partnership with the young people and staff in St Teresa’s Youth Centre to make up hampers to deliver to families who have requested assistance. We are not collecting toys this year, but Argos, Smyth or B&M vouchers would be greatly appreciated as this would allow parents and carers to choose suitable presents for their children. The vouchers may be placed in the collection box, preferably on or before Sunday 11 December 2022 to allow us time to distribute them to those requesting help. We thank you for your continuing support throughout the year which allows us to give assistance when and where it’s most needed. God Bless! Peter McAlister,President.


Men's Rosary, 3 December 2022, 1pm is being said for this last month of the year in Belfast at Castle Street Junction.


Advent Calendar to go live on CatholicBishops.ie this 27 November 2022, the First Sunday of Advent. Now in its ninth year, this interactive digital Advent calendar retains a unique and popular online presence. Behind the 28 virtual doors, the calendar offers resources for schools, parishes and the home with short inspirational video messages, some seasonal crafts for children and prayers to help us keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations. Check irishbishops.ie


Knock All Night Vigil Wednesday 7 December2022, returning to Belfast Thursday 8 December at 12noon Bus leaving Clonard Monastery at 130pm, also picking up at Westwood Centre at 2pm Price £60 dinner and breakfast included. To book contact Brendan Tel. 9066 5211 (9am – 5pm).


Advent Reflection at SMA Dromantine, Newry Tues 13 December 2022 4pm - Wed 14 December 5pm An Advent reflection in preparation for Christmas given by SMA Community, Dromantine and a celebration of the Sacraments (Eucharist, Reconciliation and Anointing of the sick). Cost £120/€145 - Tel: 02830821224 Email: admin@dromantineconference.com


Trocaire Gifts of Love are now available for Christmas gifts. Send some chicks, Make a garden grow, Give a goat. Cards will be in the parish office from next week or buy online at trocaire.org

Prayer f or Advent Lord, help us, in our search for truth, to stay awake, never thinking that we are secure because at any time we might find that our house has been broken into, never despairing because you will show yourself at an hour we do not expect. Lord, we thank you that when we were foolish, irresponsible or stubborn, some people did not give up on us but stayed awake, confident that we would return at an hour they did not expect.

Bethany Group Contact number 0799 0381248


St Vincent De Paul Helpline No. 0741 9326678