External preparations form part of the season of Advent: they help create the Christmas atmosphere of joy and expectation. A lot of people are extremely busy at this time. All this is part of the Advent season but it’s not the most important thing. Let us never lose sight of the utmost importance of our interior preparation to celebrate the first coming of Our Lord: “by preparing my heart, so that Jesus may be happy” as the little girl once said with all the simplicity and truth which can only come from a child. We do that, or rather God does that, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession as it’s better known. It offers us an important way of getting closer to God (or rather God getting close to us) – to be forgiven for our sins. As Pope Francis puts it “it’s an encounter with the Lord’s mercy which spurs us on to do our best”.
Confession is not a tool of spiritual one-upmanship for the highly committed and ultra-pious. It should be a normative part of the Christian life and above all something we should offer to new Christians and to the undecided. How can we hold back from that wonderful joy of knowing God’s complete forgives us? This beautiful sacrament has the power to renew your lives.
Now is the time to plan, prepare and make your Christmas Confession. Is your heart ready to receive the Christ Child this Christmass?? Come and celebrate this sacrament of renewal and transformation.
Tue 19 Dec: 6.00 – 6.30 pm
Wed 20 Dec*: 10.00 – 10.30am & 11am onwards
Thu 21 Dec: 6.00 – 6.30 pm
Fri 22 Dec: 6.00 – 6.30 pm
Sat 23 Dec: 10.00 – 10.30 am & 6.00 – 6.30 pm
Sun 24 Dec: 11.00 – 11.30 am & 10.30 – 11.00 pm
Or by appointment with Fr Robert (Tel: 01977 610507)
* On Wed 20 Dec Fr David will be available.
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Calling all Crafty People….
If you’d like to run a craft stall please get in touch right away!
On Sunday 19 November at 5pm we celebrate our Dedication Festival – a day when we give thanks for our church building, those who built it and those who have maintained it.
Without a doubt, this year’s greatest achievement is finally creating a new ringing room, an accessible toilet and a modest kitchen facility – a massive undertaking which has required many, many years of planning, fundraising and bureaucracy, not to mention months of labour with beautiful craftsmanship.
Do come and join the celebration!
Join the nation in remembrance and prayer.
We have a Sung Mass with Children’s Activities every Sunday at 9.45am to which everyone is very welcome.
However there are some extra special Sundays coming up which we would like to invite you to join us for:
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
6.30pm (Sat night) First Evening Prayer
8.00am Said MASS
9.00am Morning Prayer
9.45am SUNG MASS & Children’s Liturgy of the Word Group
5.00pm Evening Prayer
How wonderful is God among his saints; come, let us adore him!
Coffee Morning Saturday 4 November
10.00 – 11.15am
(Mass at 9.30am – All Welcome!)
Saint Helen’s will be open on Saturday for all wanting to know more, either about the building and our history, or for those wanting to know more about our faith. We’re also available to support those seeking baptism or confirmation, or wanting to plan a wedding, or just to come for a chat and a cuppa.