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The Captain’s Table (3 December 2017)

ST THOMAS’S

As I sit at my cousin’s computer and write these few words, my holiday is almost over, but I’m really looking forward to coming home and being among you again! In liturgical terms another year has also ended. We now begin the season Advent. Hopefully our First Advent candle will be lit.

This season is the most counter-cultural in our calendar. Coming home on the freeway tonight I was astounded by the number of houses that already have Christmas trees and some houses completely covered with lights and decorations in preparation … but preparation for what? Christmas doesn’t wait for something, it waits for someone!

By way of preparation and getting ready, we will follow a European tradition that tells us that the Crib goes up (without the baby Jesus) on December 8 – our crib will go up on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (if I can find it!) I would like to invite anyone who is free to come along next Friday evening at 6.30pm, beginning with the Angelus, to help put up the Crib and join me in the house afterwards for some tea and cake.

The crib will come down (so you know) on the Feast of the Epiphany (Sunday 7 January 2018) and any help to do this would be most appreciated.

Let’s not miss the the rich celebratory style that Christmas season brings by thinking it ends quickly after Christmas – and it also means you can send Christmas cards and exchange gifts right up until the Epiphany!

 

Gaudete Sunday

The Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday it is also known as Bambinelli Sunday, Bambinelli is the Italian for ‘figurines’. The tradition was started by Blessed Paul VI in 1969. Since then, the blessing has been given by the Pope during the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Gaudete Sunday – people bring the baby Jesus from their Cribs at home and the Pope blesses them. I plan to do something similar and bless all the baby Jesus’ from your cribs (or your cribs if they’re small) on Gaudete Sunday.

We will also put up our Christmas trees on the Third Sunday of Advent in the afternoon at about 4?pm and again I’d like to invite you all to come along and help with the decorating.

This year we will have two tall trees on either side of the sanctuary in the Church and one in the house facing onto Cumbernauld Road.

 

The Feast of Immaculate
Conception

The Feast isn’t a holy day of obligation but do come and say a quick prayer around the crib if you’re able.

 

Poinsettias

The ponsietta is the somewhat beautiful plant with green leaves, symbolizing the wood of the crib and in same way the wood of the garden of Eden – the red leaves symbolizing the blood of the cross by which we are saved. We are going to fill the Sanctuary with them this Christmas and you will have the opportunity to purchase one in memory of a loved one. They will be aailable in the week before Christmas. Full details to follow.

 

Attendance Cards for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Cards are now available for children preparing for their First Reconcilation and First Holy Communon. Please pick a card up and have your child bring it each Sunday when they attend Mass for the priest to sign.

 

First Reconciliation

I would like to invite parents of First Reconciliation children to a short meeting on Monday 22 January 2018 in St Thomas’ Church at 7?pm.


ST BERNADETTE’S

Christmas Trees

We will be putting two four foot real Christmas trees up in the sanctuary as the space is too small for more. When I get back I will work out a date that suits people for preparing the Church and decorating the trees.

 

Attendance Cards for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Cards are now available for children preparing for their First Reconcilation and First Holy Communon. Please pick a card up and have your child bring it each Sunday when they attend Mass for the priest to sign.

 

First Reconciliation

I would like to invite parents of First Reconciliation children to a short meeting on Monday 22 January in St Thomas’ Church at 7?pm.