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Sunday December 16th –Third Sunday of Advent – year C

A Day of Festival

Today is known as Gaudete or Rejoicing Sunday, and St Paul is quite insistent that we should know what we are doing: I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord! Happy is a strange word. Some people think they are happy but they’re really only content. To be content means that we put up with something without complaining too much because we know things could be a lot worse. So we’re content with our lot. Some people think they are happy but they’re really only pleased. Something has happened that has given them a bit of a fillip. Perhaps their football team has won an unexpected victory. But it’s hardly ecstasy! Some people think they are happy but they’re really only in a good mood. Maybe they’ve been out to celebrate passing an exam or celebrating someone’s birthday and they’ve had a lovely evening. But tomorrow this will only be a memory. Content, pleased, glad, cheerful, jovial, merry…all of this is good but it’s not actually the same as happiness.To be happy means to be blessed. And to know that you are blessed makes you happy. Really happy. So at the root of happiness for a Christian is the knowledge that we are made in God’s image, loved by him and held in that love every moment of our being. Although we stray from this image of God we are constantly called back to the joy of our relationship with God and are redeemed through Christ’s death and resurrection. This is the greatest blessing we could wish for: to belong to God.

Bring your Baby Jesus figure (Bambinelli) from your crib for blessing at Mass

See below.

Llanidloes – Saturday Vigil Mass at 4.00 pm

Welshpool – Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30 pm       

Welshpool – Sunday Mass at 9.00 am  

Join us for a drink and a biscuit in the Parish Hall after Mass.

Newtown – Sunday Mass at at 11.00 a m.

Spiritual Library in The Crypt After the 11.00 Mass

Monday December 17th – Mass at 9.00 (Welshpool)

Funeral Mass at Llanidloes at 12.00 Noon.

Tuesday December 18th- Mass at 9.00 (Newtown)

Life in Christ (Newtown) – See below

Wednesday December 19th – No Mass

Newtown Prayer Group: The Prayer Group will meet, on this Wednesday afternoon from 3-4pm in the Parish Crypt. All are welcome

Thursday December 20th –  Mass at 6.30 pm (Newtown)

Llanidloes: Hour of Prayer every Thursday  – Details below.

Friday November21st – Feast of StPeter Canisius – Mass at 9.00 am (Welshpool)

Saturday December 22nd – No morning Mass      

Confessions at Welshpool 9.30 – 10.15

Confessioons at Newtown 2.30 – 3.15 pm

A Christmas Journey through Welshpool at 4.30 – see below.

Sunday December 23rd –Fourth Sunday of Advent – year C

Mary’s Child – The Prince of Peace

From the least of the clans of Judah, from Mary His lowly handmaid, God prepaed a human body for His Christ, who through His incarnation comes to fill the world with His spiritmof Peace.

Llanidloes – Saturday Vigil Mass at 4.00 pm

Welshpool – Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30 pm       

Welshpool – Sunday Mass at 9.00 am  

Join us for a drink and a biscuit in the Parish Hall after Mass.

Newtown – Sunday Mass at at 11.00 a m.

Spiritual Library in The Crypt After the 11.00 Mass

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES – See Mass Times page.

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BAMBINELLI SUNDAY: Bring your Baby Jesus figure (Bambinelli) from your crib for blessing at Mass on December 16th 2018. For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, third Sunday in Advent, children (and adults) take their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St Peters Square where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus. This year we will celebrate ‘Bambinelli Sunday’ at our Morning Mass on Sunday December 16th. All are invited to bring the baby Jesus figure (bambinelli) from their crib at home to Mass that morning to be blessed.

A suggestion is, following the blessing, take your ‘bambinelli’ home and place it in a gift box, wrap it and save it for Christmas. Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas morning when you can then place your Baby Jesus in your crib.

Welshpool Churches Together invite you to join a Christmas Journey through Welshpool, Saturday 22nd December. Starting at 4.30 pm at St Winefride’s and finishing 6.30pm at Church House opposite St Mary’s. Help is needed for the serving of refreshments please.

Life in Christ: On Tuesday, 18th December at 7.30 p.m. in Newtown Parish Crypt Preparing for Christmas with St Francis of Assisi. St Francis introduced the tradition of the Christmas Crib. We will have an audio-visual on the life of St Francis prepared and presented by Mr Tim O’Brien then following a short prayer in preparation for the feast of Christmas there will be some , mulled wine and mince pies. Please come and bring your friends.

Newtown Prayer Group will not meet for the next two Wednesdays December 19th and 26th. The next meeting will be on Wednesday January 2nd”.

Confirmation class at Newtown: All those who have given their names for the confirmation class at Newtown are advised to join the class at Welshpool.

Llanidloes: Hour of Prayer every Thursday from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in the Church of Our Lady & St Richard Gwyn, Pen Y Green Road.

Newtown CYTUN: Please read the letter in the porch received from John Cooper, Chair of Newtown CYTUN. A Secretary is required and if this position isn’t filled Cytun is in danger of closing down.

Please remember in your prayers for the well being of our religious Sisters and, priests of the Diocese, and we specially pray for our parishioners who are sick, housebound, in hospitals, hospices and care homes.

The new Directory and Handbook 2019 is available at the back of the Church.

Those who would like to have one, please take. The cost is £3.50

Gift Aid: If you are a Tax Payer Please consider making your offertory donation by using the Gift aid form or standting order. Please remember to write your name, address, sign and date. Thank you for supporting our Parishes

 The Advent Walk with me is available at the back of the Church. Please take one. £1 donation for ‘Advent Walk with me’ is much appreciated.

The copies of “The New Testament and the Psalms” are available to buy from the Parish office for £9.95

 

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May God Bless you and keep you.

Fr Johnson CMI

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