We are looking to our Children’s “Bambinelli” events and our Carol Service this week.
Booking is necessary for any of our six Christmas Masses as follows:
- St Brigid’s 8pm Vigil Mass – firstname.lastname@example.org (2062 6829)
- St Brigid’s 10.30am Mass – email@example.com (2076 6318)
- St Paul’s 6pm Vigil Mass & 9am Mass – firstname.lastname@example.org (07876 032829)
- Christ the King 6pm Vigil Mass* & 9am Mass – email@example.com (2075 3945)
*Please note that the church is now fully booked for Christmas Eve Mass at CTK though there are some seats available in the Parish Centre. There are still plenty of seats available for Christmas morning 9am Mass but these must be pre-booked.
Full details for our Advent and Christmas activities are on our 3 Churches Advent & Christmas Info Sheet.
Note there is no evening Mass on Thursday, Christmas Day or the Holy Family (Boxing Day).
Priest: My friends, we are nearly ready to celebrate the birth of our redeemer, and so we bring to our loving father the needs of the world, the church and ourselves.
Reader: Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire all of us to share wide discussion and exchange fruitful ideas to prepare for the synod of 2023…. Pause … in your mercy. Lord, hear our prayer.
We pay that the leaders of the richer nations will help to supply poorer countries with the emergency aid and the vaccines that they need… pause … In your mercy, Lord…
Let us pray for peace in all areas of war, known and unknown… Pause … In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for those working so hard to keep us healthy; scientists and cleaners, paramedics, and doctors, those who grow our food, who transport and sell it; stewards that keep churches open… pause … In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for Tony Pinnell who died at home this/last week; and for Paul Stewart who died recently in Australia. May the Lord bring peace to all who mourn loved ones… pause … In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.
For a few quite moments. Let us pray in our own way… Longer pause
Mary was carrying the hope of the world; let us ask her help as we say, Hail Mary…
Priest: Father of the Prince of peace, listen kindly to our prayer, spoken and unspoken, offered in the spirit, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
Priest: As our Father’s beloved sons and daughters, let us humbly approach Him with joy in our hearts
We pray for the Church: that all her members will have open ears to hear God and the grace and confidence to bear witness to His joy, peace, hope and healing love. PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for our world: that all nations will act to protect the poor, vulnerable and marginalised, and work together with joy for the betterment of all. PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God, that they might be its witnesses, with courage and creativity, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, with joy and much peace. PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for blessings on all expectant mothers. PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for all migrants and refugees: that they will be welcomed, and cared for, with joy and love. PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for all in need of physical and mental healing, especially during the darker moments of the pandemic; and for all those who are sick, and those who care for them. PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for those who have died, especially Bernard Shields Senior, who passed away recently. PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
In a moment of silence let us offer those prayers held in our hearts.
LONGER PAUSE Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Let us join these and all our prayers to those of our mother Mary as we say: Hail Mary…
Priest: Heavenly Father, give us the grace and courage to spread your joy on this Gaudete Sunday. We bring all our prayers before you in the name of your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.