Newsletter 02 December 2018

First Sunday of Advent

Reflection: In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns his disciples against the fatigue that can emerge if one becomes consumed by the anxieties of daily life. Many families are too familiar with the kind of fatigue Jesus refers to here. We may be concerned about a family member’s health, our job security, our children’s education, or any number of other concerns. All these are important matters. Jesus does not promise an end to daily worries and fears, but he does teach his disciples that they will have the strength to withstand anxiety if they stay focused on him, remaining vigilant for his return and praying for strength to endure all tribulations. Through prayer, God helps us stay focused on that which is most important in our lives.

 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 01/12 5:30 pm Vigil mass of First Sunday of Advent Mavd Stokes (RIP)
Sun 02/12 11 am


First Sunday of Advent Sean Tiernan (RIP)
Tues 04/12 6 pm Advent Feria No Intention
Wed 05/12 11 am Feast of St. Birinus No Intention


06/12 6 pm Advent Feria Albert Lindsey
Fri 07/12 11 am Memorial of St Ambrose No Intention
Sat 08/12 5:30 pm Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary No Intention
Sun 09/12 11 am


Second Sunday of Advent No Intention
Second Collections

Today, there is a collection for Youth Service. Next Sunday There will be 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.

Mass Intentions

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 £421 with more to come. Raffle ticket still for sale to be drawn in 2 weeks.

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.

Advent Booklet

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:

Closing date: Friday 14 December 2018 at 12 noon. Interview date:            Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Saturday and Sunday Weekly Collections

Collection  Date Cash  Envelopes   Total
04/05/Aug/2018 £ 106.44 £ 52.00 £ 178.44
11/12/Aug/2018 £ 185.03 £ 38.00 £ 223.03
18/19/Aug/2018 £ 194.07 £ 38.00 £ 232.07
25/26/Aug/2018 £ 139.81 £ 18.00 £ 187.81
31/01/Sept/2018 £ 216.56 £ 48.00 £ 234.56
07/08/Sept/2018 £ 181.09 £ 48.00 £ 229.09
14/15/Sept/2018 £ 227.89 £ 13.00 £ 240.89
22/23/Sept/2018 £ 197.50 £ 93.00 £ 290.50
29/30/Sept/2018 £ 168.62 £ 58.00 £ 226.62
06/07/Oct/2018 £ 242.63 £ 53.00 £ 295.63
13/14/Oct/2018 £ 176.39 £ 15.00 £ 191.39
27/28/Oct/2018 £ 188.83 £ 41.00 £ 229.83

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.

Need Cost
Essential Church repairs £32,500
Conference Centre £14,000
Total £46,500 + VAT


Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed


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