3rd Sunday of Advent – Saturday /Sunday – 11th / 12th December 2021
We are celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday
Today is often referred to as Gaudete Sunday, meaning ‘rejoice’ from the first word of the entrance antiphon. The candle on the Advent wreath is rose-coloured as also the vestments at today’s liturgy. This is to ensure that the joyful character of the season is seen as an integral part of it.
Journey with St Joseph for December, a piece taken from Loyola Press
God calls Joseph—and he calls us—to be open to mystery. Joseph does not understand what is happening with Mary, but he comes to trust the Mystery of God. And in doing so, he enters into and encounters the Paschal Mystery.
This is the message for us as we move through this week of Advent and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We are called to be open to mystery. Christmas is about mystery, the mystery of God becoming one of us so that we might be drawn closer to him.
Christmas Mass Schedule is as follows;
|Christmas Eve 24th December||7:00pm and 9:00pm|
|Christmas Day 25th December||10:00am and 11:30am|
|Sunday 26th December||10:00am and 11:30am|
Please note that there will be no vigil Mass on Saturday evening (Christmas Day)
The Knights of St Columbanus Annual Christmas Collection for the Poor is taking place this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 11th and 12th December. The local conference would like to thank most sincerely the parishioners of Monaleen for their continued support and to wish all a happy and peaceful Christmas and every good wish for 2022.
Christmas Dues Envelopes are available at the back of the church.
Parish Website: Our weekly notices and Mass intentions are available on our recently relaunched parish website at www.monaleenparish.ie where you will also find other information and useful resources.
Please support The Irish Catholic newspaper which is available at the back of the church at a cost of €2.50
We remember those for whom this Weekend Masses are offered:
Saturday 11th – 3rd Sunday of Advent 7:00pm: John Sheehan RIP (A)
Noel Moynihan RIP (A)
John Power RIP Month’s Mind
Margaret O’Connor RIP
Sunday 12th – 3rd Sunday of Advent 10.00am: David & Helen Bermingham RIP (A)
11:30am: Iris Walters RIP (A)
Ted O’Connor RIP (A)
Louis Neville RIP (A)
The Mass intentions for the coming week:
Tuesday 14th – St John of the Cross 9:45am: Sr. Ann O’Halloran RIP
Wednesday 15th – of the day 10:00am: Frank O’Connor RIP
Thursday 16th – of the day 9:45am: Michael Kennedy RIP
Friday 17th – of the day 9:45am: Sr. Ann O’Halloran RIP
Next weekend: 4th Sunday of Advent
Saturday 18th – 4th Sunday of Advent 7:00pm: James & Kathleen Swann RIP
Sunday 19th – 4th Sunday of Advent 10.00am: Allen Houguet RIP
11:30am: Bruce Basheer RIP (A)
Mary Harrison RIP (A)
Note: All Masses are available online via church services
In this parish we have the privilege of Eucharistic Adoration every day – on Tuesday from 10am until 10pm and on the other six days from 6pm until 10pm. This is a wonderful devotion from which flows transforming graces for those who take part and for our whole parish. All are welcome and indeed we earnestly encourage your participation. In order to ensure its continuation, please consider committing yourself to a particular hour on one or more days a week.
PRAYER WHILE VISITING THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
My Lord Jesus Christ, for the love which You bear to men, you remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit You. I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this chapel. I now salute Your most loving Heart: and this for three ends:
- In thanksgiving for this great gift; 2. To make amends to You for all the outrages which You receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies; 3. I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are the least revered and the most abandoned.
– by St Alphonsus Ligouri