Please note these dates for our celebration of the season of Advent and Christmas.

Full details for all of them are on our special 3 Churches Advent and Christmas info sheet.

Tuesday 7 December
7pm – Advent Service at St Brigid’s and live-streamed

Tuesday 21 December
7.30pm – Carol Service at St Brigid’s and live-streamed

Monday/Tuesday 20/21 December
“Bambinelli” – Children’s Christmas Blessing in each church

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve
6pm – Christ the King and St Paul’s
8pm – St Brigid’s

Christmas Day
9am – Christ the King and St Paul’s
10.30am – St Brigid’s

Booking will be necessary for the Christmas Masses. Contact details will be given next weekend.

Food Market – During Advent we will be seeking support for our outreach to the needy.

Synod news

Over 80 parishioners from over 30 parishes across the Archdiocese have stepped up as representatives in this historic Synod. They started a programme of training this week with an introductory talk on what is meant by a ‘synod’, the synodal process, the timeline, and the role of parish representatives. In their second session next week, they will look at how to organise and run a parish meeting and how they might encourage prayerful listening and discernment. The synodal process is for each and every one of us and we hope we will use the opportunities we are offered to listen to each other.

Questions to think about: How do we journey together, listen to each other? To the Holy Spirit? What is your dream for the Church, your parish, so that it becomes more missionary, more outward looking?

Fr Matthew

Those who have gone before us

Dear friends and parishioners

This recent period has created many memories some of which we would rather forget. But every November we bring to the Lord those who have gone before us. We will be celebrating November Masses for those we carry in our heart, and next Saturday we have our Mass of Memories at Christ the King, when we particularly remember those who have died over the past year. Eternal rest grant to them, Lord.

Fr Matthew