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The St Teresa's Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 5th December 2021

Sunday 5 December 2021

Second Sunday of Advent.

Year C.

Synod 2023: Communion, Participation, Mission.

Caith do phuicin, Glan do lamha.

Sunday Gospel Time and place is everything. The gospel puts the ‘Good News’ into time and place. That’s how the message of God’s saving love becomes a reality. It teaches that the Word of God is not for storybooks or a blockbuster films, it is for hearts that are open to the love that is spoken to us and proclaimed by the action of those who believe. If you leave faith in Christ to another day, or think that it can be accessed or downloaded for another time and place, then it won’t have any effect in your life or do any good. Let the word of God in all its richness come to you as it came to John, son of Zachariah.

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

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

Thursday 10am.

Confessions Saturday evening before Mass and on request.

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

Recently Deceased PJ McBrierty.

Months Mind Brigid Agnes Maguire, Peter McConville.

Anniversaries Padraig Burns, Mary McArdle, Maureen & Hugh McKeown, Eddie Magee,

Sally Quinn, Mary & Ned Nolan, Mary Moore, Maureen Kane, Gerry Rea.

Candles will burn for Stella Gorman.

Offertory Collection Weekly £917. Fundraising £432. 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.

Vocation News The Gospel tells us that John the Baptist heard God’s call - “The word of God came to John son of Zachariah in the wilderness.” Do you think God might be inviting you to hear and share his word, perhaps as a priest, a deacon or in consecrated life? Contact by email:

Anam Cara Belfast, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 13 December 2021 at 7:20pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. (Subject to change in accordance with government advice).

In this week of Advent, we reflect on John the Baptist; a voice calling in the wilderness. There are many people who feel that their voice is in the wilderness and isn’t heard by the Church. This week let us prayerfully look around our parish community and reflect on whose voice may not be heard and how we might accompany people on their faith journey with the compassion, love, and mercy that Jesus asks of us. This week we encourage you to pray with this prayer: Lord, this Advent, give me a welcoming heart. Let me be open to the messengers of your word, especially to those whom at first glance I might resist, for they are your prophets today urging me to change my way of thinking and living.

From the Holy Father to people living with disabilities As we celebrate your International Day, I would like to speak directly to all of you who live with any condition of disability, to tell you that the Church loves you and needs each of you for the fulfilment of her mission at the service of the Gospel. Jesus is our friend! That is what he told his disciples at the Last Supper (Jn 15:14). His words also speak to us; they shed light on the mystery of our close relationship to him as members of his Church. “Friendship with Jesus cannot be broken. He never leaves us, even though at times it appears that he keeps silent. When we need him, he makes himself known to us; he remains at our side wherever we go”. We Christians have received a gift: access to the heart of Jesus and friendship with him. It is a privilege and a blessing, and it becomes our vocation: we are called to be friends of Jesus!

Knock Shrine Carols By Candlelight performance from Knock Basilica, taking place on Sunday 19 December 2021 at 8pm. Lift your spirits and spark the joy of Christmas with loved ones with ‘Carols by Candlelight’, performed against the soft glow of candlelight in the breath-taking surrounds of Knock Basilica. The carol service will be streamed live to the world on our website

Bethany The pandemic has been a difficult time, especially for those who had to endure bereavement. We have missed the support of family, friends, and neighbours. The Bethany team have been unable to visit during this time, but we are here to support you by phone. If you have experienced a bereavement and are struggling with grief please contact

0774 370 0333.

Parish December Draw Can the draw promoters and parish participants in the monthly parish draw, please ensure that the ballots are collected and handed into the office by the 14th of December as the draw is taking place early than usual.

Parish Fundraising Ballot Tickets are now available. First prize £100 Cash. Many other prizes will follow. Please take some tickets after Mass and return them as soon as possible.

St Vincent De Paul Helpline No. 0741 9326678.