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St Peter's Catholic Church - Cirencester (Linked with St Michael’s Tetbury) 15 th Dec 2013 – 3rd Sunday of Advent Year A Weekly Newsletter & Advent Events.

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1 St Peter's Catholic Church - Cirencester (Linked with St Michael’s Tetbury) 15 th Dec 2013 – 3rd Sunday of Advent Year A Weekly Newsletter & Advent Events WELCOME Welcome to our parish and to our church. If you are a visitor, we hope you enjoy your stay in Cirencester. If you are new to the Parish please pick up an information pack from one of our "welcome team“ at the back of the church. Fr. Issy Advent Activities Summary W/C 15 December 15 Dec - Carols & Mince Pies 16 Dec - Advent Talk 3 18 Dec - St Michael’s Advent Confessions W/C 22 December 21 Dec - St Peter’s Advent Confessions 23 Dec - Advent Talk 4 24 Dec Tetbury pm Carols 5.30pm First Mass of Christmas Cirencester pm First Mass of Christmas 10.30pm Carols 11.00pm Midnight Mass 25 Dec Masses Cirencester am (Tetbury am) ADVENT Talk – Monday The third Advent Talk will take place on Monday 16 th December at 7.30pm in the presbytery meeting room. The talk will be given by Fr. Michael McAndrew of St Mary’s Swindon, while Deacon Steve Boughton of Malmesbury parish will conclude it on the 23 rd of December. Priest in Charge: Fr. Isidore Obi St Peter’s Catholic Church, 7 St Peter’s Road, Cirencester,GL7 1RE Tel: St Peter’s Website: Diocese: Sat 14 DecFirst Mass of Sunday 6 pmGerry Glennon (RIP) Sun 15 DecMass 11 am (Tetbury Mass 9 am) 3 rd Sunday in Advent -Gaudete Sunday Janina Bek (RIP) Mon 16 DecMass 9 amPeter Carter & family Tue 17 DecMass 9 amBilly Hester (RIP) Wed 18 DecService of the Word and Exposition at 10am (Tetbury Mass 10 am) Thu 19 DecMass 6.30pm Fri 20 DecMass 9 am Sat 21 DecFirst Mass of Sunday 6 pmThe Deceased Members of Mary Critchley & O’Callaghan families Sun 22 DecMass 11 am (Tetbury Mass 9 am) 4 th Sunday in Advent Antoinette Francisca Wilhelmina Cruijssen CONTACTING US MASS TIMES THIS WEEK CAROLS & MINCE PIES – This Week! There will be family Carols & Mince Pies for all of our Parish family in the church this Sunday 15 December starting at 3 pm. We hope you’ll want to come along and get into the Christmas spirit. Please put your name on the list in the porch so we can cater accordingly. Thank you. THE ROSARY: Mon – Fri, 8.40 am, the Rosary is said in the Church. CONFESSIONS: Confession time for the parish is every Saturday at 5.00 – 5.30 pm. It could also be arranged by appointment with the priest in the parish. Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings: page 40. Is 7:10-14; Ps 23; Rom 1:1-7 Mobile phones should be completely turned off in church – not left in Silent mode. Entry: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near. First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6,10. Response: Come, Lord, and save us. Second Reading: James 5:7-10. Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor. Alleluia! Communion: Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. Behold, our God will come and he will save us. SUNDAY MASS INFORMATION & RESPONSES – 15th December Production of this Newsletter has been made possible by the sponsorship of the following Parishioner’s businesses. If you would like to sponsor future special edition newsletters contact the parish office.

2 PARISH FINANCES Weekend 7/8 Dec £263 Gift Aid £398, tax rebate £95. Total 756. The appeal for the Christmas flowers raised £133. Many thanks for your generosity COLLECTION BANKING Could you spare an hour every few weeks to join our small team who count the weekend collection? The counting takes place on Monday morning after 9.00am Mass. It is not onerous, and training would be given. Please contact Lina Watts on for more information. DO YOU LIKE TO SING? Then why not come up to the organ loft at 11am Mass to help lead the congregation in hymns and in learning a new sung Mass? We would also be able to introduce some new hymns as well, so please do come along, all voices welcome, in the choir gallery - Chris Johnson. PRAYER Your Prayers are needed for… Those who Sick, including: Elizabeth James, Agnes Moran, Patrick MacDermott, Irene Spaul and Elizabeth Catling. (Please inform Fr. Issy of any sick person especially those that require a visit.) Those whose anniversaries occur at this time, including: Lisli Hoban, Joe Hibionada, Rachel Stavely, Frank Mitten Joshua Mackenzie: who is being baptised this Sunday at St Peter’s. Prayer Requests: St Peter’s Book, for you to write your prayers, can be found at the back of church. If you have an urgent request for prayer, contact the Prayer Line on or CARE & DEVELOPMENT IN OUR PARISH HOME VISITS If you would like a visit or Holy Communion at home, please ring the parish office (652087) to make arrangements. CHRISTMAS FLOWERS This year we would like to encourage more of our Parish family (young people, families, older parishioners) to be a part of the Christmas flower and Church decoration. If you would like to help please leave Anna Lockhart your details on the helpers list in the porch. If you can’t help in person but want to make a contribution. MEDITATION GROUP The next meeting will be Thursday 2 nd January 2014 after the 6.30pm Mass in the presbytery meeting room. PRINKNASH ABBEY SHOP & CAFÉ Christmas stock now in… large selection of cards, nativity sets and Christian gifts. Why not try their new winter menu at the Café? Open 7 days a week 10am – 4pm. DIOCESAN NEWS TEA/COFFEE & CATCH UP Please do join us for coffee in the hall after Sunday Mass. It is a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We welcome anyone who is visiting in our parish for the first time TO JOIN US. CHURCH HALL – FURNITURE If any person or organisation wish to borrow tables or chairs from the Church hall would they please inform David Russell, Hall Bookings Manager before doing so, tel: or The reason is that some dates in December have been booked by users who require the full amount of tables and FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION Preparations for First Holy Communion and Confirmation for the candidates in our parish begins in January If your child is of age to prepare and receive any of these sacraments next year, please do contact the parish office. We would need more catechists if we have candidates for confirmation. CHRISTMAS AT ST PETER’S CHRISTMAS MASSES There will be 3 Masses for Christmas this year at St Peter’s (and 2 at St Michael’s). So hopefully everyone will be able to make it to one of them and there will be seats for all but it is still advisable to arrive early to make sure you get one! The first Mass at ST PETER’S is on 24 Dec. at 7.30 pm. The second begins with Carols at 10.30pm and Mass at 11.pm and the third is on 25 Dec at am. At St Michael’s Tetbury the first Mass of Christmas is on 24 Dec beginning with Carols at 5pm and Mass at 5.30pm and the second is on 25 Dec at 9 am. ST MICHAEL’S (TETBURY ) Penitential Service Advent confessions on Wed 18 Dec. 5.30pm followed by Mass at 6.30pm ADVENT CONFESSIONS Advent confessions on Sat 21 December 10am with Fr. Saji Mathew & Fr. Issy. ADVENT Reading for All For Advent why not take advantage of our extensive range of reading materials – there are well written booklets in the SPICE Shop from the CTS covering all aspects of Advent preparation for all age ranges. There is also a range of Christmas cards available. The SPICE Rack lending library has a number of colourful children’s books telling the Christmas story as well as Children’s illustrated Bibles. So why not borrow them during Advent – they make great bedtime reading! Also many books covering adult preparation for Advent. DIOCESAN DIRECTORY & DIARY The Diocesan Directory and Liturgical Diary 2014 are out. Some copies are available in the parish. The Directory is £5.00 and the diary is £ CLUB The next 100 club draw is due to take place on 29th December but will be drawn next month on 5th January. CHURCHES TOGETHER Many thanks to those who supported the carol singing in town last Saturday. Peter Wallis.


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