MESSAGE ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YR A)
Friday 2nd December
My dear people,
Our parish Carols by Candlelight will be held on 18th December from 5:30pm outside the PAC of CRC next door. You are all warmly invited to attend. Apart from carols, there will also be food and drinks available, a jumping castle and face painting to entertain children and great ways to renew the bonds of friendship which unite us. We are hoping that it will be a wonderful event in the life of the parish and strongly encourage you to come in big numbers.
On 19th November, many of us had the privilege of attending Tien Tran’s ordination to the diaconate. We will be having a get-together after the 6pm Mass on Saturday 3rd December (tomorrow) to congratulate Tien on his ordination and will present him with a gift from the parish. You are all warmly invited to come and please bring something to share.
The “Steadfast in Hope,” a retreat for young adults aged between 18 and 25 is happening from 9th – 11th December (next weekend) at Pallotti College in Millgrove. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our young adults to go to Jesus to find ‘great calm’ (Mt 18:23-27). There are flyers in the gathering space as well as more information in the bulletin with details on how to register. This retreat will offer our young people a great opportunity to do what needs to be done in advent namely, still our souls and get ready for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord. May I strongly encourage our younger parishioners to attend this retreat.
There are two ministries in the parish where volunteers are needed. We need parishioners to help with flower arrangements and also with looking after the Piety Stall before and after Mass. I appeal to your generosity with these two ministries. There is more information in the bulletin about joining them.
As Advent has started, it is time to start thinking about Christmas Masses. The times for the Masses this Christmas in our parish are in the bulletin. Particularly, I bring to your attention the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday 21st December from 7:30pm until 9pm. Fr Joel and I will be joined by Fr Karmel Borg and Fr Frank Buhagiar.
We continue turning to our patron saint, and we ask for her intercession.
St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Fr Richard Rosse PP