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The First Sunday Of Advent

The New Liturgical Year Commences Today With The First Sunday Of Advent

The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made up of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolises the eternity of God, the immortality of our soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. The Christ Candle (white) is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.

Blessing of Advent Wreath

Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us. He is the Saviour of us all.
O Lord, let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
We ask this in His Holy Name. Amen.



Due to the new Restrictions our Church at St. Patrick’s will be closed for daily public Mass during the next two weeks. However the Church will be open for private prayer during that time (11am-4pm).

In the meantime as in the previous lockdown our daily Mass will be live streamed at 10am, Sunday Mass 11am.


Again this year we are supporting our Christmas Missionary Projects. Donations received will be forwarded to Medical Missionaries of Mary, and Dominican Sisters in aid of Aids orphans , vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Uganda and Zambia.

Your kind donations help in many aspects – Education, Healthcare, Awareness against Human Trafficking, Victim Rescue, etc.

Envelopes are available in church porch. Thank you.

St.Joseph’s Primary School Enrolment


P1 Enrolment September 2021:

If you have a child who is due to begin Primary One in September 2021, please contact our school office on 028 92 674901 to make an appointment to visit our school. We would love to see you – come along, meet the principal, Mr Barry McMahon, and see what our wonderful school has to offer! A copy of our school prospectus can be viewed on our website: or contact us and we will post you a copy.

Principal: Mr Barry McMahon, St Joseph’s P.S, 42 Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4XE



Monday 30 November – St Andrew

Thursday 3 December – St Francis Xavier

Friday 4 December – St John Damascene


Preparations are now been made for the supply of Parish Offertory Envelopes 2021.

If you would like to support the Parish and require an envelope please download form from Parish website DOWNLOAD HERE or contact Maria in Parish Office – 028 9266 0206.

Alternatively, if circumstances permit, you are encouraged to make a monthly offering to the Church by means of a Standing Order. Please contact in confidence above number. Thank you.

Our grateful thanks to parishioners who have forwarded Offertory envelopes/donations over recent weeks, in the absence of our regular weekly Sunday collections. Your co-operation and generous support is very much appreciated in these difficult times.



Are you applying for a Nursery/ Primary 1 place in September 2021?

We are delighted to welcome you to our school family. Please phone or email me as soon as possible, with this expression of interest and I will send you a welcome pack.

First time parents are warmly encouraged to make an appointment to visit the school and meet with Mrs Catherine Milne, Principal.

Principal: Mrs Catherine Milne, 7 Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, BT28 1TB. 9266 2293.


Monday-Saturday (inclusive) – 10.00am

Sunday – 11.00am

Social distancing in place. Hand sanitising station in each porch.

It is now mandatory for face covering to be worn when entering and exiting the church. This is addition to the Church leaders’ recommendation, endorsed by the Diocese, that face coverings be worn at all times in the Church.

It is most important that people who are vulnerable or unwell and especially those with any symptoms that might suggest Covid-19 infection should stay at home and, if possible, participate via webcam. The same applies to those who have been in recent contact with someone who has the virus.


Saturday, 19 December 2020: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Led by Sr Pam Thimmes OSC and hosted by Drumalis via Zoom.

Cost is £20 per person or £30 per household. Payment in full is required to secure your place.

For most of us 2020 has been an unprecedented time – a time of change, loss and grief, confusion, discovery, wonder and uncertainty. In some ways it has been an extended advent (arrival, emergence). Isaiah’s words came to his people in exile. This day of reflection will allow us to bring these feelings and experiences of exile and newness of life into focus and perceive anew Christ born among us and living among us. Our souls, like Mary’s have been pierced and transformed. Let us open our hearts to God’s newness born each day among us. To book a place, please email Credit & debit card payments welcome – 028 28272196/28276455 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm).

Recently Deceased

Months Mind


Sheila Stewart (First Anniversary): James O’Hagan (First Anniversary): Mary Peter: Daniel McCrudden: Canon Joseph Cunningham: Fr. Archie Kelly: Mary Fanning: Baby Jonathan Scullion: William Toland

May they rest in peace.