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 First Reading

Malachi 3:1-4. 23-24

Malachi foretells the coming of a messenger.

 

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 24:4-5. 8-9. 10. 14. R. Lk 21:28

Lift up your heads and see;

your redemption is near at hand

 

Gospel

Luke 1:57-66

The birth of John the Baptist.


 Feastdays This Week:

 

  • Thursday, 21 December: Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church
  • Saturday, 23 December: Saint John of Kanty, Priest 

 

Advent

Sunday, 17 December 2017

third Sunday of Advent - Year B

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The Journey we make in Advent - whcih means, of course, approach or coming - is a patient descent into the depths to discover the "hidden seed" that has already yielded so much fruit in the "soil" of women and men. 

The "hidden seed"  - how do I find that within myself? In Advent we celebrate the hope of a whole people. Liturgy is, after all, never an individual activity. In that celebration, however, we may, like our ancestors exiled on the banks of the river Babylon, "sit down and weep" [see Psalm 137:1].

"Hope" - how is this gift of God part of the fabric of my daily life?

The way in the Bible becomes narrower and narrower the more closely it approaches its end, Jesus. This is becomes Jesus comes closest to the poor in the heart of the desert.

Do I recognise that there are times when I am in the desert?

How do I make this desert fertile within me?



The Advent-Christmas-Ephiphany season that we Christians celebrate is not simply the observance of events from the past nor is it a sentimental birthday of 'baby Jesus'. It is much more. It is a celebration of God's self-revelation in Jesus

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the Christ. Emmanuel - God who was with people in the past, with us in the present, and who for all time into the future. God's love is made visible to us in and through Jesus. Our celebration of Christmas cannot be separated from the Paschal Mystery - the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, his ascension into heaven and the sending of the Holy Spirit. For three hundred years the church only celebrated the Paschal Mystery. The crib, the cross and the crown are interwoven and cannot be separated.

The "hidden seed" - how do I find that within myself? In Advent we celebrate the hope of a whole people. Liturgy is, after all, neven and individual activity. In that celebration, however, we may, like our ancestors exiled on the banks of the rivers of Babylon, sit down and weep. [see Psalm 137:1]

"Hope" - how is this gift of God part of the fabric of my daily life?

The way in the Bible becomes narrower and narrower the more closely it approaches its end, Jesus. This is because Jesus comes closest to the poor in the heart of the desert.

Do I recognise that there are times when I am in the desert?

How do I make this desert fertile within me?



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How then may we pray and reflect throughout Advent?

One way is to take time each day to
pray and reflect on the Advent Mass
readings.

Another way, for those of us who have
access to the internet, is to use sites
that help us to journey through Advent. 
There are a number of sites, three
are listed:

Sacred Space - Your daily Prayer
Online

(This is a ministry of the Irish
Jesuits)

Advent Resource - Whispers of God -
Sunday Readings: (A ministry of the
Columban Mission Institute, Sydney)

Lectio Divine - Praying the Scriptures
in Advent - Year A - Sunday Readings

(A ministry of the Broken Bay Institute)

Let us pray for one another and for
our world during this time of Advent
as we remember the first coming of
Jesus the Christ and look forward,
in hope, to his second coming.

 

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Christmas Day Masses 

Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve  - 6:00pm Children's Vigil Mass

 

Christmas Day Masses 

Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve  - 6:00pm Children's Vigil Mass

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......on Christmas Eve


Christmas Day:  

Monday. 25th December

8:00am and 10:00am 

 

Sacrament of Penance for Christmas 2017 

Tuesday 19 December 6:15pm - 7:15pm 

Friday 22 December 10:00am - 12:00 Noon 

 

PLEASE NOTE
1. No 8:00am Mass, Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday 23 December and Saturday 30 December 

2. No weekday Mass/Confessions between Tuesday, 26 December and Saturday, 30 December. 


Monday. 25th December
Christmas Day:  

8:00am and 10:00am 

 

Sacrament of Penance for Christmas 2017 

Tuesday 19 December 6:15pm - 7:15pm 

Friday 22 December 10:00am - 12:00 Noon 

 

PLEASE NOTE
1. No 8:00am Mass, Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday 23 December and Saturday 30 December 

2. No weekday Mass/Confessions between Tuesday, 26 December and Saturday, 30 December. 


Pope Francis marks the start of Advent

Advent Calendar - 2017


 Feastdays this week: 

  • Thursday, 21 December: Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church
  • Saturday, 23 December: Saint John of Kanty, Priest

OnLine sites offering daily prayer and reflections on daily readings. 


Living Space: 
A site run by the Irish Jesuits offering reflections on daily readings.

Pray.Com.Au: An online prayer space offered by Jesuit Communications (Australian Jesuits) - Richmond vic

 
 
Sacred Space: An online prayer space produced by the Jesuits of Ireland
 
 
Prayer Room: An online prayer space created by the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. 
 
 
Pray-As-You-Go: Download daily prayers for your mp3 player. Produced by the UK Jesuits
 

3 Minute Retreat: Daily reflections by Loyola Press (a Jesuit Ministry)

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