StVincentdePaul

St. Vincent de Paul
RC Church
Norden, Rochdale

NEWSLETTER
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Please see the Noticeboard and our News & Events page for further information.

TODAY’S MASS READINGS
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Readings for the coming week and the Order of Mass are also available on the same link

GOING TO MASS
Some thoughts of Pope Francis (from Catholic New Agency
) to remember next time you get to Mass early!
Be still and silent; we are about to encounter the Lord

GOING ON HOLIDAYS?
Need local Mass Location and Times in England & Wales?
Need a Mass Leaflet in English?
Speak to Fr. Paul.
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Does any of the following apply to you?
Are you New to the Parish?
Do you know someone, who is sick or in Hospital?
Would you like a visit?
Do you think the Parish may be able to help you?
Do you think you may be able to help the Parish?
If so, please speak to Fr. Brindle

Alternatively, try our Parish Groups page for information.

At all Sunday Masses we have Welcomers to greet and offer Hymn books, Newsletter or Mass Leaflet. They are also available to answer pertinent questions or help in whatever way possible

Stay with us Lord JPG
WELCOME

St. Vincent de Paul Church,
Caldershaw Rd.,
Norden,
Rochdale OL12 6BU
Tel : 01706 645361
st.vincent@tiscali.co.uk

 17th DECEMBER 2017, Third Sunday of Advent- Gaudete Sunday

 advent-candles                                                            THE SEASON OF ADVENT

The gradual lighting of the four candles on our Advent Wreath, one on each Sunday of the Advent season, combined with the liturgical colours of the candles help to symbolise not only our expectation and hope in our Saviour’s first coming into the world, but also his Second Coming as Judge at the end of the world.

Purple is the penitential colour of Advent and Lent.
Rose is used only on Gaudete Sunday in Advent and on Laetare Sunday in Lent.
The circle of Evergreen in which the candles are placed represents everlasting life.

During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love Joy and Peace. The White, Christ, candle is lit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day reminding us that Jesus is the light of the world. The wreath continually reminds us of whom we are called to be as followers of Jesus.

Today we light the Candle of Peace, the second candle of Advent. The prophet, Isiah, called Christ the “Prince of Peace”. Jesus taught us the importance of peace-makers.

Do try and join us for the 9.30am Mass during the week if at all possible.

A time for peace and quiet as well as grace and blessings during this busy time

 San Damiano Cross Rev2HOPE IN THE FUTURE
To quote Bishop John
“The programme is an invitation to every parish in the Diocese to recognise its potential and develop its missionary identity. It is designed to be a 5 stage journey. As the programme unfolds there will be resources that enable every parish, at whatever stage it may be in its development, to strengthen its mission. It aims to nourish those within the parish community while helping to identify what that community may be doing in outreach and service.

A Big Thank You to all who took part in the procession of gifts last weekend to recognise and celebrate the numerous groups within the Parish.

A Big Thank You to each and every one of you for all you do, and all you are, helping to make St Vincent’s a very special place


                               Stay with us, Lord, on our journey.
 
Please read some more on our HOPE IN THE FUTURE page.

YOUNG ADULTS VOCATIONS GROUP
A new young adults group (18+) has been established in the Diocese to provide young adults with an informal, but structured environment in which to discern, ‘what are you looking for?’ Read More.....

ROCHDALE FOODBANK
Sadly Rochdale Foodbank remain under pressure to meet the demand so please continue with your very generous donations. If you don’t already donate please consider contributing something however small whenever you can.
 The website www.rochdale.foodbank.org.uk is now updated regularly with lists of food products which are in short supply and those of which there is a surplus. To find this, from the home page, click on Give Help and then Donate Food. Thank you all once again.
Items urgently needed at present are :- Semi skimmed UHT milk 1 litre packs, sugar 500g or smaller packs, but all contributions very welcome

GIFT AID COSTS YOU ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
If you are a taxpayer and you sign a Gift Aid Form the Parish gets 25% of your contribution back from the government.
It is as simple as that!
Your information is confidential and, while it would be great if you could contribute every week, it is not essential; the amount reclaimed from the taxman is based on the amount donated and not on any fixed weekly amount.
All that is needed is that you sign a confidential form available from Fr. Paul or Mike Rowley (contact details on GROUPS page) and return it to them.
Only 50% of our weekly collection is Gift Aided so we are losing out on a very significant free handout from the taxman.
Read more....

 PAPAL PRAYER INTENTIONS (December)
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations..

Now that you are here, please have a look around and why not visit the outstanding daily prayer website produced by the Society of Jesus at SACRED SPACE.

 

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