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Sunday December 8th. Second Sunday of Advent

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

Parish Meeting in Newtown after Mass.

Parish Meeting in Welshpool at 5.00 p m.

Monday December 9th. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Mass at 9.00 a m at Welshpool

Tuesday December 10th. – St John Roberts, Priest, Martyr .– Mass at 9.30 am at Newtown

Wednesday December 11th.. – St Damasus I, Pope – No Mass.

ICT and Health and safety Update GDPR  – See below.

Thursday December 12th. – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Mass at 6 30 at Newtown

Reflective study: 7.15 in Newtown – see below.

Llanidloes:  Hour of Prayer from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in the Church of Our Lady & St Richard Gwyn, Pen y green Road.

Friday December 13th. . St Lucy, Virgin, Martyr – Mass at 9.00 a m at Welshpool

Saturday December 14th. St John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church-. – No Mass 

Confessions at Welshpool 9.30 – 10.15

Confessions at Newtown 2.30 – 3.15 pm

Sunday December 15th… Third Sunday of Advent

(Bambinelli Sunday)

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.

 Parish meetings: The proposed parish meetings will be held Today 8th December 2019 in Newtown after 11 am Mass and in Welshpool at 5pm. All are welcome.

As Advent begins, we turn our calendars to December, we begin the season of preparation for Jesus’ coming into the world and into our lives. However, Advent is not only a time in which we wait for the Lord to come to us; we are reminded today that our lives should be a journey as well, a journey to God. Even as we prepare for the Lord’s coming at Christmas, let us also continue walking our own path to the Lord

Bambinelli Sunday: Bring your Baby Jesus figure (Bambinelli) from your crib for blessing at Mass on December 15th 2019. 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 Masses on Sunday December 15th. 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.

 ICT and Health and safety Update GDPR Wednesday 11th December 2019 12:30 for 1PM:

Please note that we shall be holding a briefing for the new IT provision and H & S Contract, together with an update on GDPR. This will be held at ‘Our Lady of the Rosary’, Jubilee Road, Buckley CH7 2AF at 12.30 for a light lunch and 1pm briefings commence. Each presentation should last no more than 1 hour including a Q&A for each brief.

 Reflective study: For ADVENT on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. 5th 12th and 19th December in the Church of God the Holy Spirit, Newtown. GOD WHO SPEAKS A Reflective study of the Infancy stories in the first Chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. With music, poetry and prayer. All welcome.

“Read and proclaim the Word” Workshop for all Readers: Our Deanery organises a workshop for all our readers “Read and proclaim the Word” as a part of one of the programme for “2020 The God who Speaks”. It will be on 15th of February 2020, Saturday, 1pm to 3pm in Wrexham Cathedral.

Christmas tree decoration: The children in Newtown will be decorating the Christmas tree in the crypt on Sunday 15th December after Mass. There will be a raffle on that day so please could you donate some prizes. There will be mince pies and mulled wine provided so please come along and enjoy!!

Christmas Crib collection: Bishop Peter has dedicated this year’s Christmas Crib collection to HCPT Pilgrimage Trust (Registered Charity No. 281074). Half of the money donated will go to the Trust’s central organisation and half in direct support of the Wrexham Diocesan Group in support of next year’s pilgrimage to Lourdes with a number of young people across the Diocese. More information will be available in the New Year about being a volunteer to help with the 2020 pilgrimage and with proposing young people who could be part of the Group going to Lourdes at Easter.

Welshpool Churches Together invite you to join a Christmas Journey through Welshpool, Saturday 21st December, Starting at 3.30/4 pm at St Winefride’s Catholic Church. Please come and join.

Catholic Education Service Campaign

As you are already aware, the Catholic Education Service (CES) are running a campaign on behalf of the Bishops in Wales and are encouraging as many

Catholics in Wales to sign it. You can do this by adding their name to our campaign via this link and encouraging others to do the same: https:// http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/component/k2/item/1003676-protecting-the-rights-of-welsh-parents-in-their-children-s-education

It takes 2 minutes to complete. All that they need to do is:

  • Click on the link above or visit the Catholic Education Service website where they will see the campaign
  • Fill out their name and details
  • Click submit

If you are having any technical issues, then please do feel free to contact me via my email address (mconrad@catholiceducation.org.uk) or on 02079011904 Here is a little more information about the campaign that the Catholic Education Service is running at the moment on behalf of the Bishops in Wales:

The Welsh Government has announced plans to remove the parental right of withdrawal from RE and RSE and to change the name of RE to Religion and World views. We are very concerned about both aspects of the proposals which are currently out for consultation. We believe a move away from parents as the primary educators to the State as the primary educator is hugely problematic. We are also concerned that these proposals will result in the State defining what is taught in Catholic RE.

If you would like any more information about this campaign, then please feel free to read our press release by following this link: https:// http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/component/k2/item/1003674-statement-from-the-catholic-education-service-on-the-consultation-to-re-and-rse-in-wales

 The church halls: The church halls are available to be used as meeting or function rooms and both have available dates throughout the year. To book the Newtown Church Hall contact Philomena Richardson Tel: 01686630743 and for the Welshpool Church Hall contact Terry & Andrea Reeves Tel: 01938590368 who will provide you with full details.”

 St. Mary’s school children are coming to Mass every Tuesday in term time -9.30am. Please do come along, join and support them if you can

Children between First Holy Communion and Confirmation are welcome to join “Disciples” who meet every first Tuesday of the month at 4 .00 – 5.30 pm for snack/chat, learn/sing, praise/pray. Come and enjoy your Faith.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”Lk. 18:15

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

The Advent ‘Walk with me’ is available at the back of the Church, please take one each. Your are welcome to donate £1

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.

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

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 MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU

 FR JOHNSON CMI