4th Sunday of Advent: 18 december 2022
Services this week
Sunday 4th Sunday of Advent Mass 10.00am
Monday Holy Communion Service 10.00am
Friday Holy Communion Service 10.00am
Saturday Christmas Eve
Holy Communion Service 10.00am
Vigil Mass 6.00pm
Carol Service 11.30pm
Midnight Mass 12.00am
Sunday Christmas Day Mass 10.00am
In your charity, please remember in your prayers Father Forrest, Jean Blair, Rosaleen Bostock and all the sick and the housebound. Also, Joseph and John McIntosh, Jimmy White, Margaret Thomson, James Valance and William Doudie whose anniversaries occur about this time and Father John McAllister who died recently.
The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to £398.65 including a donation of £10 - grateful thanks to all donors. Also, we have received a bequest of £500 from the estate of John McAvoy.
Saturday 24th December – Mass 6pm, Carol Service at 11.30pm followed by Midnight Mass
Sunday 25th December – Mass at 10.00 am
SVP News – Help for the Housebound – as we resume our activities after Covid, we will restart our Christmas gift voucher scheme for the housebound. In case we miss anyone by mistake, do let us know anyone in this position with their address.
Scout Post: The Scout Post is running again this year. A post box will be available in the church hall and Christmas cards will be delivered within Bo’ness and stamps are only 30p each! The last collection will be today.
Archdiocesan Directory - The 2023 Archdiocesan Directory is now available for sale. It includes a liturgical calendar and key contacts for churches, schools, organisation and religious orders in the Archdiocese. It’s a perfect stocking filler and costs just £3.
Let Us Pray - Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM hosts the final 30-minute online Advent talk on different forms of prayer on Monday 19 December at 7:30pm. No registration required, just use the following link on the night to join: bit.ly/adventtalks22 (Zoom event). Catch up with previous talks on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel: bit.ly/ArchYouTube
Advent Rosary for Life - Join Archbishop Leo and people from across the Archdiocese to pray for unborn children, their mothers and all pro-life intentions. The Advent Rosary for Life takes place on Wednesday 21 December from 7:45pm – 8:20pm. Register at bit.ly/archprolifeevents (Zoom event).
Advent reflections - Reflect on the meaning of Advent with two special online talks from Canon Hugh White of Bathgate. They are available to watch now on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel at bit.ly/reconnectingtogod and bit.ly/respondingtogod
Female vocations - Thinking about a vocation to the religious life? Join other young Catholic women to chat and explore God's will in five monthly get-togethers in Edinburgh. Led by Sr Mirjam Hugens FSO, the first one takes place on Sunday 29 January, 4-7pm at St Columba’s, 9 Upper Gray Street. It is a chance to pray, share and discuss in a relaxed environment, and refreshments will be served. The series continues on the last Sunday of each month at the same time/venue: 26 Feb, 26 Mar, 30 Apr, 28 May. To register or find out more, please email email@example.com
Holy Hour with Archbishop Cushley - Join Archbishop Cushley for Eucharistic Adoration at St Margaret’s Chapel at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, to pray for “insight, courage and joy in our mission,” as part of the Synod 2023. It takes place at 6pm on the following dates: Sun 18 Dec, Tue 10 Jan, Sun 12 Feb, Sun 12 Mar. No registration required, just turn up and pray.
Valentine’s Retreat 2023 - This free half-day retreat offers couples a chance to reflect on their love and commitment to each other, to God and to their community. It will be led by Annette and Paul O’Beirne, of Equipes Notre-Dame - Teams of Our Lady, which supports married couples in their vocation. They will share some of the stories and tools gathered over their 42 years together. The retreat takes place from 2-5pm on Saturday 11 February at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB (free parking onsite). Register at bit.ly/valentineretreat