Fr Denis’ Advent Message

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Many people do not like having to wait. At times we can grow impatient if we have to wait in a queue of traffic or in a shop or if someone that we have an appointment with is late or whatever. We like things to happen now.
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. We are waiting and preparing to celebrate the great and wonderful Feast of Christmas. While all around us the Christmas trees and decorations are appearing and the Christmas music is ringing in our ears we are invited to focus on the true meaning of the Feast. While we all have to live in and engage with the real world we should not allow the commercialism take over completely.
In the midst of the shopping, the cards, the gifts and the visits to Santa let us pause and reflect on the presence of Christ in our lives. If Christ had not been born we would not have Christmas. We need to ensure that we do not have Christmas without Christ.
As we journey through Advent let us commit to doing something each day that reminds us of Christ and his unfailing love.
Perhaps we might take a little time out from the hustle and bustle and ask ourselves
What part will Christ play in our preparation for Christmas?
Loving God, Bless our families and our homes this Advent season.
Strengthen our faith and hope in your unfailing love for us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Advent 2016

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Advent in St Anne’s, Belcarra

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Advent Reflection

This Advent-time
we remember Mary and Joseph,
giving thanks for their faithfulness,
courage and obedience,
stepping out into the unknown
in the strength of your Spirit,
playing their part
in the fulfillment of your plan
to bring your prodigal people home again.
We pray that their example
might be an inspiration to us ,
that when your gentle whisper
breaks through the hustle and bustle

of this world and into our small corner,
we might be ready to listen,
and having listened, to act.


Advent in St Cronan’s, Balla

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Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year. It is a time of waiting and expectancy which leads into Christmas. Advent calls us to a new beginning. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. While things like the shopping, the gifts and Santa have to be thought about so too should the fact that we have Christmas because Christ was born in the stable in Bethlehem. God thought us important enough to send his Son to our world. Let us reflect on that fact. Let us try and use these Advent days to deepen our relationship with God. Let us make it a time of prayer for ourselves and our families. Let us prepare a way for the Lord into our hearts and homes.

Thanks to Helen, our sacristan for the lovely photos