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PEACE BE WITH YOU


As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday.  Every year there is a celebration in my honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated. During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking that my birthday is getting closer and closer. It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me.

As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago. At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration. Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don’t know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts. But, do you want to know something? I wasn’t invited. I was the guest of honor and they didn’t remember to send me an invitation.

The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face .. and I wanted to be with them and share their  table. In truth, that didn’t surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me. Since I wasn’t invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner. They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time. To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho!  He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying:  “Santa Claus, Santa Claus” as if the party were in his honor!

At midnight all the people began to hug each other; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and do you know no-one hugged me.

Suddenly they all began to share gifts.  They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me.  What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one?   I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left.

Every year it gets worse.  People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me. I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life. I would like that you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you. Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart.

I want to share something with you. As many didn’t invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I’m still making the final arrangements. Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you. I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book. Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party. Those who don’t answer the invite, will be left outside. Be prepared because when all is ready you will be part of my great party.   See you soon. I Love you!

Jesus

Scripture Reflections


No meeting this Tuesday evening. Resume in New Year – details later.

The Advent Wreath


Today is known as ‘Gaudete’ Sunday. The rose candle, customarily called the “Shepherds Candle” is lit today. We are half way through Advent and today we joyfully celebrate as our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day is near.

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 is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.

Fr Dermot


We are pleased to report that Fr Dermot has successfully had a knee replacement and is making a good recovery.

Offertory Collections


Weekending 10 December 2017: £1,927.36

Monthly Stipend: £1,769.70.

Thank you for your support.

Christmas Missionary Projects


Again this year we are supporting our CHRISTMAS MISSIONARY PROJECTS. Donations received will be forwarded directly to the Medical Missionaries of Mary, Uganda and Dominican Sisters, Zambia to further their respective work with Aids orphans. Envelopes available in church porch.

2018 School enrolment


ST ALOYSIUS PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY UNIT: The school office will be open on Thursday 4 & Friday 5 January to receive application forms for September 2018 enrolment. The final date to submit application forms is Wednesday 10 January at 12noon. Principal Mrs Catherine Milne: cmilne244@c2kni.net / 9266 2293.

Altar Servers


There will be a meeting for all altar servers on Sun. 17 Dec, 2pm-3.30pm in order to prepare for the upcoming Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve. Only servers who attend can serve the Vigil Mass.

FEAST OF THE NATIVITY


Monday 25 December 2017

Christmas Masses – St Patrick’s, Lisburn

7.00pm Christmas Eve

9.00pm Mid-Night Mass Christmas Eve

(Carols from 8.30pm)

Christmas Day Masses

St. Patrick’s, Lisburn: 10.00am, 12 noon

 

Due to Fr Dermot’s sick leave there will be no Masses in any of the Country Churches on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

An additional Mass will be celebrated at 7.00pm on Christmas Eve to facilitate families with young children, the elderly and those who would normally attend the Masses in our out churches.

Church door collection


APOSTOLIC WORK: Grateful thanks to all who supported our recent church door collection – a total of £1,216.45 was realised.

Recently Deceased


Michael Cappa: Dermot Dixon


Months Mind


Liam Young: Thomas Maguire


Anniversaries


John (Gerard) McMahon: Phyllis McCormick: Agnes Loughran: Charlotte McCutcheon: Thomas McGauran (Jnr): Michael Carr: Annie Toland: Richard Gallagher: Bridie Adair: Brian, Annie & John (Jnr) Agnew: Elizabeth Hamilton: James & Martha Lundy: Canon John Robertson, Fr James Smyth, Susan & Brigid Hughes: Harris & Kathleen Crossey: Frank McNally: Gerry & Terry Bleakley: Billy McGann: Roy Fee: Sheelagh Gorman: Tom Seaton: Patrick & Esther McLarnon: Elizabeth & Jack Blaney, Agnes Sandell


May they rest in peace.