The new liturgical year begins today as we start the season of Advent. Jesus calls us to ‘be on your guard, stay awake’. Let us seek to maintain an orientation towards God and his kingdom amid all the distraction of the commercial world which so dominates people’s lives at this time of the year.

A special welcome today to Jackson Aaron Lee Sharp, who is to be baptised, and to his family and their friends.

Mass This Week And Intentions 

Monday           7.00pm              Home Communicants

St John Damascene

Tuesday          12noon                Nellie Ormandy (Anniv.)

Wednesday     9.15am                Helena Fallowfield (Anniv.)

Thursday         7.15pm (Vigil)   Unborn Children

St Ambrose

Friday              9.15am                Greater Obedience

            Immaculate Conception BVM              

Saturday         9.15am                 Charities

Prayer Of The Church

Morning Prayer: Sun 7.30am; Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 8.55am

Evening Prayer: Tue & Fri 5.00pm

Adoration

Thursday 6.45 – 7.10pm

Sacrament Of Reconciliation

Saturday 10.00 – 10.30am Or By Appointment.

Next Sunday: Masses at 8.00&10.00am

Today’s Organ Music

Pastorale

Grand Choeur

T. Salomé

Parish Notices

Advent Extra is on sale at £2.00 today.

There is no Advent Carol Service this year.  We have had depletions in the choir, and Ann Bond has had to be away today, when it would normally have taken place.

Rosary tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Adoration Thursday 6.45 – 7.10pm.

Friday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and we are celebrating it on the day at 9.15am and on the previous evening at the Vigil Mass at 7.15pm.  Do come and join us if you can.

School Friends’ Christmas Fair Friday, in school, 3.15 – 5.00pm.  Do call in and lend your support if you can.

Top Ten Carols next Sunday at 3.00pm. There are slips in church today to vote for your favourite three Christmas (or Advent) carols.

Carol singing around the residential and nursing homes, Sunday 17th December at 2.00pm – please help with this, because it’s much appreciated.

Win our luxury Christmas Hamper. Tickets (£1.00) are available from Vicky Rowbottom.

Do you have any old football or rugby shirts that you’d be willing to part with?  Karen Jones is still collecting them for a charity called MARTHA, based in Eastern Nigeria, which has just opened a school.  Thank you.

Quiz Vicky Rowbottom is selling quiz sheets – proceeds to church funds.

Ecclesiastical Insurance, with whom we have the church insurance, is the no1 home insurer in the UK, and is offering to make a donation of £130.00 to the parish for every person who takes out a new home insurance policy with them – it may not be a competitive quotation, but at least have a look!.  The offer is open until December 2018.  Please see the posters on the noticeboard inside the church itself for full details.

Readers Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

Other Notices

Christ Church Lancaster Night Shelter is now open until 24th March. Donations are welcome, payable to ‘Christ Church Lancaster Night Shelter’, which may be sent to 1 East Road Lancaster LA1 3EE. If you’d like to volunteer, please ring 07547 717060 or email coordinator.nightshelter@gmail.com

Also, donations of hearty meaty soups, tinned ravioli, hot dogs, rice pudding, coffee, hot chocolate (not tea bags and baked beans – they already have loads of these).

Please pray for

The sick: Isaac Baines, Edward Troughton, Diane Simpson, Ann Bailey, Fr Ron Barrett, Colin Martin

Anniversaries:  Stephen Wrightson, John Clague, Margaret Clark, Nellie Ormandy, Helena Fallowfield, Alice Toland, Gladys Stewart, Mary Anstey