Today, we begin a new liturgical year, and Jesus tells us to ‘Stay awake…and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man’.  So we should resolve to observe Advent faithfully as a precious time of preparation, full of liturgical riches, and given to us for our spiritual benefit.

Eucharistic Prayer – Memorial Acclamation 3

Mass This Week And Intentions

Monday            7.00pm           Migrants*        St Francis Xavier

Tuesday           12noon             James Berry (anniv.)

Wednesday      9.15am            Private Intention

Thursday          7.15pm            Diane Simpson RIP

Friday              9.15am             The housebound  St Ambrose

Saturday          9.15am             Gladys Stewart (anniv).

Immaculate Conception Of The BVM

Prayer Of The Church

Morning Prayer:  Sun 7.30am; Tues – Sat 8.55am

Evening Prayer: Tue, Thur & Fri 5.00pm

Rosary

Monday 7.30pm

Adoration

Thursday 6.45 – 7.10pm

Sacrament Of Reconciliation

By Appointment Only This Week

Next Sunday: Masses at 8.00am & 10.00am

Today’s Organ Music

Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers wake!) (BWV 645)

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come, Saviour of the Nations) (BWV 599)

J.S. Bach

Parish Notices

Advent Extra is available in church today at £2.00.

School Friends Committee meeting tomorrow in school at 9.00am.  If anyone can go to represent the parish, please do.

Rosary tomorrow at 7.30pm. Requests for prayer may be made on the prayer board in church.

Adoration Thursday 6.45 – 7.10pm.

Brenda Leeson RIP A longstanding worshipper here, latterly a home communicant, died on Thursday.  Funeral details to follow.

Together, the free paper, is available in church today.  Please take a copy.

Do you have any old sheets or tea towels that Footsteps children could use for dressing up?  Also needed are sweet wrappers (e.g. Quality Street) that they could use to make stained glass windows.

Ash Trees Surgery is holding its community carol service here this year, on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Carol Singing around the residential homes, Sunday 16th December.  We need singers to join us in what is a significant act of witness, as well as something which brings joy to others.  We meet around 2.00pm on the church car park.  Please join us!

Top Ten Carols Sunday 23rd December at 2.30pm in church.  There are voting slips in church today.  All welcome, bring others.  There will be sherry, mince pies, cakes, drinks for children

Readers Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

Other Notices

Today – Animal Care Christmas Fair 11.00am -3.00pm at Ellel Village Hall in Galgate. Stalls, books, clothes, crafts, jewellery, refreshments. Support your local animal charity!

Lancaster & District Homeless Action are looking for volunteer workers for the Christmas period (24th – 29th December).  Fr Stephen has more details if you’d like to be involved.

Please pray for

The sick: Edward Troughton, Sarah Lightburn, Fr John Daulman, Margaret Pithers, Cathy Sime, Cain Calvin, Isaac Calvin, Ellen Preston, Rosie, Pam Lewthwaite

Recently departed: Dorothy Rogerson, Diane Simpson, Barbara Wilson, Brenda Leeson

Anniversaries: James Berry, Bob Searston, Doug Salisbury, Stephen Wrightson, John Clague, Margaret Clark, Nellie Ormandy, Helena Fallowfield, Alice Toland, Gladys Stewart