Sunday 29 November 2015: First Sunday of Advent
Your redemption is near at hand
Advent is the beginning of the Church’s Year. It is a time of promise, expectation and participation as we prepare for the great celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Advent is the time we wait in joyful hope for our God to be born in our hearts. The season of Advent recognizes the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, in a special way. God’s Son became one of us and one with us, to share our human experience fully and completely. Read more at Australian Catholics...
Word of justice, Alleluia,
Come to dwell here. Maranatha!
Word of mercy, Alleluia,
Live among us. Maranatha!
Word of power, Alleluia,
Live within us. Maranatha!
Word of freedom, Alleluia,
Save your people. Maranatha!
Prayer for the Blessing of Advent Wreath
Heavenly Father, as we begin this Advent,
Give light to our eyes and peace to our hearts.
May the Lord find us watching and
waiting in joy when He comes.
We pray in Jesus’ name.
Excerpt from Advent liturgy, Australian Catholics | Image courtesy of pixabay.com
Giving Trees are coming to town
The St Vincent de Paul giving trees are up in the churches of St Ignatius and St James. Please take a tag on the tree and buy a gift card or a present to be distributed by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Richmond to those in need. Please return the gifts to the trees by Sunday 13 December. Thank you for your generosity.
For Your Diary
Check out our Calendar for these upcoming parish events:
- 04 Dec: Anointing Mass - St Ignatius' Church
- 08 Dec: Anointing Mass - St James' Church
- 13 Dec: Christmas Morning Tea - St Ignatius' Church; return gifts to Giving Trees (see above)
- 25 Dec: Christmas Lunch - Richmond Churches Food Centre