Today is sometimes called ‘Bible Day’, and we must always remember how indispensable the Word of God is to us.
The Gospel today introduces us to the ministry of John the Baptist, who calls us to ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand’.
MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm The unborn
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BVM
Tuesday 12noon The legal profession
Wednesday 9.15am The sick
Thursday 7.15pm The bereaved
Friday 9.15am Greater courage
Saturday 9.15am Growth in prayer
St John of the Cross
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Sun 7.30am; Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue – Fri 5.00pm
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
By appointment only this week.
NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am
TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come, Saviour of the Gentiles) (BWV 599)
Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn (Christ, the eternal Son of God) (BWV 601)
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION Thursday at 2.00pm. Please contact the school office if you would like to go.
PHILIPPINES TYPHOON APPEAL There is a basket at the back of church today for donations towards this appeal. Please use the Christian Aid Gift Aid envelopes provided.
‘BUY A STAR’ Instead of sending Christmas cards to people you see in church, you may like to buy a star (suggested donation £5.00) – this way, we get a nice wall display, too. We are also doing an ‘In memory of’ tree – baubles for this (£1.00), and stars may be obtained from Anne Plevey.
ADVENT EXTRA A few copies are left, at £2.00.
TOP TEN ADVENT/CHRISTMAS CAROLS 4pm next Sunday. You may vote today at the back of church.
SCHOOL/PARISH CHRISTINGLE SERVICE Wednesday 18th December at 6.15pm, and supporting The Children’s Society. Please do your best to support this.
THANK YOU from the Haygarth family to all who sponsored their fun run in London in October. £460.50 was raised for The Multiple Sclerosis Society.
CHILDREN’S SOCIETY The home collection boxes have yielded £342.18. Thank you to all concerned. If you would like a box for this very worthwhile cause, please ask Susan Garth (732421).
SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY We now need three new foundation governors. Another’s term of office ends in January so, unless that governor wishes to continue, we shall soon need four.
ROCK SALT Karen Coe has rock salt at £2.00 a bag (lower than cost) – all proceeds to church. If you’d like some, please collect from Karen’s step (8 Whernside Grove) and put the money through the letter box.
READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.
LONSDALE DISTRICT SCOUTS CHRISTMAS POST. Stamps may be bought from T’other Chippy, Carnforth Book Shop, Spar, Tesco and Meresbeck Care Home, 30p each.
FAE JEPHCOTE is celebrating her 18th birthday on Friday 3rd January at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Carnforth, 7 – 11pm, and she invites her church family to join her.