Second Sunday of Advent
Reflection: John, the cousin of Jesus is a challenging figure. He, the messenger of God is the ‘sharpened arrow’ whose words pierce to the heart’s core. He began his mission in the wilderness, as Jesus was to do. We each have a wilderness inside us, a place of testing, where the power of false gods is broken. It is a place of encounter with ourselves, with our inner demons and with God. We should not be afraid of going into this wilderness; since it is there that the word of God will come to us.
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!
Please Pray for the Sick: P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon, John Curry and Pat Hillman.
Please also pray those who have died recently and all the Souls of the faithful departed.
|Sat||08/12||5:30 pm||Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary||No Intention|
|Second Sunday of Advent||Albert Lindsey (RIP)|
|Tues||1112||6 pm||Advent Feria||No Intention|
|Wed||12/12||11 am||Advent Feria||No Intention|
|13/12||6 pm||Memorial of St Lucy||No Intention|
|Fri||14/12||11 am||Memorial of St John the Cross||No Intention|
|Sat||15/12||5:30 pm||Vigil Mass of Sunday||No Intention|
|Third Sunday of Advent||John Baptist James (RIP)|
Today, there is a collection for Poor Parishes.
Confessions and Rosary for the Month of December
Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.
Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.
For Mass intentions please use the envelopes provided in Church. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.
Church Fund Raising
Thank you to Everyone who contributed to our sale and raffle on Sunday. So far we have raised £571.00.
Today is the last day to but raffle tickets. The raffle will be drawn tomorrow at the parish council meeting and winners announced in the newsletter next Sunday. Thank you for supporting the parish fundraising efforts. Good luck everyone.
St Paul’s School for Girls
Will be holding Annual OAP Christmas Party on Monday, 17th December 2018, from 1 pm-3 pm. Please contact school 0121 454 0895, by Friday, 7th December 2018, if you wish to attend.
There are Advent booklets and Calendars at the back of the church Please take one for you, family and friends.
|Pastoral Administrator – Required for January 2019
Hours: 36.5 plus banked hours
Salary: £19,446 – £20,074 depending on experience
The Head-teacher and Governors are seeking to appoint an outstanding full time Pastoral Administrator who will have excellent interpersonal, numeracy and literacy skills, be confident and skilled in using a range of ICT programs and be able to liaise with tact and diplomacy under pressure with parents, carers, students, outside agencies and visitors.
For further details visit website: www.stpaulgl.bham.sch.uk
Closing date: Friday 14 December 2018 at 12 noon. Interview date:
Tuesday 18 December 2018.
Saturday and Sunday Weekly Collections
Church Repairs and Conference Centre
We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen.
Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed