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St Matthew's News 2nd Sunday of Advent


Posted on: 7 December, 2011


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Advent - Daily Morning Prayer: Mon-Fri. 9.50am
Sr. Anne Marie has offered us a more accessible style of Morning Prayer. While still retaining the format of the Church's Morning Prayer, it is shorter and simpler, also allowing for moments of silence and quiet prayer. All those coming to morning Mass are very welcome to join us starting at 9.50am.

Advent/Christmas Retreat
The annual retreat (Navan Road Retreat) will take place in St Matthew's Parish Centre on Sunday 18th December. Begins at 2pm. For more details contact Ann in the Church Shop.

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA)
Church gate collection takes place this weekend, 3rd/4th Dec. Your support is greatly appreciated.
IWA is an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. Together we work to achieve greater independence, freedom and choice for people living with a disability.

Out of this Word... St Mark's Gospel
Reflections on St Mark's Gospel continues on Monday 5th & 12th @ 7.30pm in Assumption Parish Centre.

Christmas Carol Service Practice
A rehearsal for the choirs and readers taking part in our Christmas Carol Service will take place on Tuesday 6th in the church @ 7.30pm.

St Vincent de Paul
Annual appeal next weekend (10th/11th) in aid of St. Vincent de Paul. Will replace the SHARE collection.

Advance Note – Carol Service
Thur 15th @ 7.30pm in Church

Belarus - St Elizabeth Orthodox Convent
Beautiful handicrafts and icons made the Sisters of the Christian Orthodox Convent of St Elizabeth in Minsk, in Belarus are on sale after weekend Masses. 
Items on offer are: souvenirs such as lacquer box, matryoshka (doll set), birchbark box, decorative eggs; ceramics (bells, candle-holders, mugs, tea-light holders, Christmas cribs, Christmas decorations; wood carvings; religious articles (alabaster crosses, plastic and leather crosses, prayer ropes; books and book covers; post cards and bookmarks; candles; icons; video and audio discs; embroidered items.

Immaculate Conception – Thursday 8th
We celebrate Our Lady's special place in God's plan for our salvation. Because she was to become the mother of the Son of God she was conceived free from sin. Tuesday 8th is a holy day of obligation.
Mass times: (Wed 6.30pm)
Thur: 9.00; 10.30; 12.00 & 6.30pm.
(Also11.30 school Mass in St. Louise's)

Baptism Changes
In 2012 we intend to provide baptisms on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Saturdays @ 12.00 AND Sundays @ 1.15pm. Each ceremony will have a limit of TWO babies!
As part of the parish celebration of the Sacrament we are looking for Baptism Team members. This will involve helping on the day with the preparations before hand and during the ceremony itself. Contact the sacristy for more details or either of the priests.

Palestrina Christmas Concert:
The Palestrina Choir of St. Mary's Pro Cathedral will host their annual and festive Christmas Concert on December 8th next in the RDS. Tickets – already proving very popular – are available from www.ticketmaster.ie.

Please pray for those recently deceased
David Darcy, Cherry Orchard
Tom Casey, Clane

Mass Intentions This Week
Sun: (Sat 6.30) Henry Gough
9.00 John Finnegan
10.30 James Brien
12.00 People of the Parish
6.30 Bob Harte
Mon Holy Souls/ Patrick & Kitty Towey
Tue Joe Dineen/ Christine & Josephine McGann
Wed: Martin, Nora & Pat Stokes/ Patrick & Sheila Barnes
Thur:9am Mary & Nicholas Carroll; 10.30 Elizabeth Heavey; 12.00 Thomas Carthy (sn &jnr); 6.30 Henry & Robert Gough
Fri: Mary & Patrick O Toole/ Madeline Kenny
Sat: ----/Stephen, Billy & Jack Dunne
Sun: 9 Paddy & John Dooley; 10.30 Sarah & James West; 12 Pro Populo; 6.30 Henry Nolan.
May they rest in peace.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Continues on Monday, Wednesday & Friday after 10 Mass. Takes place in the Prayer room until 7.30 then in the Church til 9pm.

A Little Lifetime Foundation - formerly ISANDS
St Nicholas of Myra, Francis St. 4th Dec 7.30pm.
Service of remembrance for parents & family members who have had the experience of a baby's death, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or a baby who died after birth. Special Guest “Mary Black”.

Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat 16-18 Dec
Annual retreat in Newbridge College. Over 500 16-35 year olds are expected to attend this donation only event, with all newcomers welcome. The weekend consists of an action packed programme including prayer, workshops, drama, inspirational talks, music, games and chill out time. A great opportunity to learn more about your Catholic faith and to meet other young people. For more log onto www.youth2000.ie or call 016753690/0858289231.

www.IEC2012.ie - Eucharistic congress
Tickets for events linked to the Congress available online. Volunteers needed to help. More info next week!


New Translations - Go, the Mass is ended
The new English translation of the missal begins all the dismissals with the word ‘GO’. It is a strong imperative that reminds us that, while the Mass is ended, the mystery we just have celebrated is only beginning.
The new translation tries to give a greater sense of mission to God's People at the end of the Mass. When Mass is concluded, we do not just leave the Church, we ‘Go Forth’ to become the Church in the world. We enter the rest of the week with a mission.
Two of the dismissals, which have been added to the missal, make clear what this mission is:
ANNOUNCE THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD
GLORIFY THE LORD BY YOUR LIFE.
The congregation concludes the prayers of the Mass with a joyful, and what should be, a loud and unanimous proclamation, THANKS BE TO GOD. 


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