During this month of December, as we look forward to Christmas, we call the Divine Infancy of Christ. This month, let the paradox of Christ’s birth and childhood strike us a new. Let us pray with Mary in the words of an ancient hymn by St Ephrem the Syrian: “I am your Mother but I will give honour to you. I have engendered you, but you are older than I am. I have carried you in my womb, but you sustain me on my feet. You have been born of me like a little one, but you are as strong as a giant. The height of the heavens are filled with your majesty, and yet my womb has not been too small for you.”


Please pray for the sick and homebound of our parish community and all those who are in need of our prayers especially: Elizabeth Bain, Marie Bartlett, Mary Belston, Joan Chapman, Philomena Echlin, Mavis Francis, Mary Gilburt, May Gregory, Natalie Johnston, Jean Lobb, Sue McHale, Julia Morley, Tony Obeysekere, Mary Porter, Olive Roch, Peggy Ryan, Mo Sansom, Pat Sinclair, Phillip Stillman, Peter Trafford, Liz Watling and June Yardley.


For those who have died and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.  May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTION In his prayer intention for the month of December 2018, Pope Francis invites us to pray for Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.


BOOK OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER In each of our churches, near the Lady Altar, is placed a book in which we are invited to write any intentions we may have. Each week the parish will pray for the intentions recorded in these books.


READINGS FOR SUNDAY YEAR C  Second Sunday of Advent– Bar 5:1-9; Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Lk 3:1-6  Third Sunday of Advent– Zeph 3:14-18; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:10-18.


PENITENTIAL ACT DURING ADVENT We will be using Form B during the Advent season. It is a short dialogue between priest and people and concludes with the absolution and the singing of the Kyrie.  Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord. People: For we have sinned against you. Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy. People: And grant us your salvation.


ST MARY’S CHRISTMAS REPOSITORY The parish repository is open this weekend and will be selling Christmas Cards, Calendars, Diaries & “special Christmas Items.” Please take the opportunity to have a look at what is available and buy here to support Church Funds.


WALK WITH ME Please take a copy of this Journey of Prayer booklet for Advent & Christmas 2018.


ST MICHAEL’S KEYS Please note that on Wednesday 12 December the locks are being replaced at St Michael’s church to conform to the diocesan health & safety policy.


SVP MEETING Friday 14 December, 1800, St Therese hall, Presentation House.


ISLAND MARTYRS ANNIVERSARY MASS St. Thomas of Canterbury church, Cowes, 0930 on Saturday 15 December, followed by an Act of Remembrance at their memorial stone.


IOW PASTORAL AREA DIVINE MERCY RETREAT AND PENITENTIAL SERVICE December 162018 at Our Lady and St Wilfrid’s, 1400-1800 led by Divine Mercy Apostolate Marion Brothers. There will be opportunity for Confessions during this programme.


FHC PARENTS MEETING Monday 17 December, 1800 in St Therese Hall, Presentation House.


REUNION GROUP CHRISTMAS DINNER Tuesday 18 December, 1930 at St Thomas’ Presbytery, Newport for all young confirmed Catholics.


THANK YOU CAFOD have written to thank the parish for its generous support this year; for our prayers for our brothers and sisters living in poverty and the latest donation of £517.20 from Family Fast Day.


PILGRIM STATUE HOUSE VISITS The sign-up sheet for 2019 is now available at the back of the church.


ROSARY Fr Steven will be praying the rosary for all who have suffered abuse after Mass on Fridays.


CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2018  Christmas Eve: St Michael’s 1800; St Mary’s 2230. Christmas Day: St Mary’s 1000. Feast of St. Stephen (Boxing Day): St Mary’s 1000. New Year’s Day: St Michael’s 1000.


CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The Christmas Day collections taken at all Masses form part of the parish priest’s annual stipend. It is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for his ministry and his work among us.


USED CHRISTMAS CARDS The Sisters of St Cecilia’s Abbey will be pleased to accept your used Christmas cards (and other cards used throughout the year). Please leave them in the box at the back of the church. Thank you.


FOUNDATION MASS (F)  A Foundation Mass is one that is set up to be said annually for a period of 25 years. The minimum endowment is currently £100. If you would like to set up a Foundation Mass, now or in the future, or would like more information, please speak with Fr Steven.


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