Message from Fr Bill – 1st Sunday of Advent
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
Happy New Year everyone! Oh how I wish I could greet you all on this the First Sunday of Advent with these words, in church, as I have done for the past ten years. However, next week we return to pre-lockdown II guidance so we can meet in limited numbers in church for Mass. We return to the same system of phoning Joe who so generously mans the phone and takes the bookings, details below. Many of you have already asked about Christmas Masses and these will be published next week with booking arrangements. One thing we will need is stewards under seventy years old, if you feel able please volunteer, we have managed with our same four for Mass and private prayer but will need more over the Christmas Eve/Day Masses.
It was great to bless the Advent Wreaths in school this week albeit over the internet. The young people’s faces always brighten our days even at this most difficult of times or maybe particularly at these times.
Anyone who has seen me suffering from gout again this week rest assured I am on the mend and hopefully will be fit and ready for the Masses this weekend. Please God.
Advent is a time of expectation, preparation and grace. I love Advent as it builds and builds. Every day is ticked off but must also be savoured as an opportunity to get ready, to savour what is REALLY coming, the birth of Our Lord and Saviour. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus come!
PUBLIC MASS – has once again been reinstated under the same conditions previous to Lockdown II so we can now have public Mass and receive communion in the hand under one kind albeit with severely restricted numbers. It will be a first come first served booking system. Firstly bear in mind the Sunday obligation is still suspended and Mass on Zoom will continue. If you wish to attend, Saturday 6.00pm or Sunday 9.30am, and it is safe for you to do so, please ring Joe Stead, Parish Council Secretary, 01904 424361; bookings will be taken; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30-11.00am and if that is not convenient for anyone you can ring at a reasonable time. If Joe is in, he will take the booking and if not you can leave a message and he will get back to you asap. You will have to give your contact details if you have not already filled out a Parish Census Form, these will be kept securely for 21days purely for track and trace purposes. Please do not turn up if you have not booked, as entry will have to be refused.
God Bless. Fr Bill
Sun 29 Nov 9:30am Mass on Zoom 1st Sunday of Advent
Mon 30th 9:00am Mass on Zoom St Andrew
Tues 1st Dec 7:00pm Mass on Zoom Of Advent
Wed 2nd 9:00 am Mass on Zoom Of Advent 7:00 pm Private Prayer in Church
Thurs 3rd 9:00 am Mass on Zoom St Francis Xavier
Fri 4th 9:00 am Mass on Zoom Of Advent 3:00 pm Private Prayer in Church
Sat 5th 9:00am Rosary on Zoom
. 10:00am Mass on Zoom Of Advent
6:00pm Mass 2nd Sunday of Advent
Sun 6th 9:30am Mass 2nd Sunday of Advent
Mon 7th 9:00 am Mass on Zoom St Ambrose
Special Intentions- Padre Pio.
R.I.P. Deceased Members of U.C. M. of the Diocese f Middlesbrough, Peter Maule, Kathryn Conway.
“PRIVATE PRAYER” –on Wednesday, 7.00pm and Friday 3.00pm for one hour.
GIFT AID AND PARISH ENVELOPE REGISTERS – message from John Ormerod- These registers are due to be checked early in December. If you have Gift Aid or use Parish Envelopes or a Standing Order please notify me: if you have changed your name or address, and for Gift Aid, if you have ceased to pay tax or are likely to have paid insufficient tax in the current tax year. Please also contact me if you would like to do any of the following:
Start using numbered envelopes or a standing order instead of the loose plate.
Change from envelopes to a standing order.
If you pay tax, allow the parish to reclaim 25% of your contributions at no cost to yourself, by making a Gift Aid Declaration.
Thanks also for all the contributions which are helping to keep the parish solvent during these difficult times.
John Ormerod (Gift Aid Organiser) Tel: York 421469. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARMED FORCES-We pray for all our servicemen and women serving in conflicts abroad especially in this time of increased anxiety for many families.
CHRISTMAS CARDS– are available at the back of church during private prayer and after Mass but handle them as little as possible. Any handled will be quarantined for a week.
ST ELISABETH CONVENT-Our Online Christmas Market is now open so that you can purchase Christmas presents and souvenirs made with love and continuous prayer. https://obitel-minsk.org/orthodox-christmas-market-online I am sure many of you will remember the sisters who visit occasionally.
UCM NEWS-Despite all expectations this year’s Shoebox Appeal has been a resounding success even exceeding last year’s total by 15. The boxes were dispatched on Tuesday. Thank you to you all.
CHERRY TREE HOUSE-has been sold to developers who are proposing to demolish the existing building and build 50 new apartments on the site, with 36 car parking spaces. This will be a two storey development and we have until the end of the month to make any comments on the plans before the council grants planning permission. I have placed my comments after advice from the Diocese. I will keep you informed as more develops. Use the Ref No 20/02034/FULM to view Planning Application Online.
MASS ON ZOOM-If you wish to join in at St Aelred’s you need to download the Zoom App and enter meeting id 2147102040, there is a “Waiting Room” in place so do not worry if there is a delay joining. If you wish to join St Aelred’s WhatsApp group I need your mobile number. This has been a source of great encouragement, joy and support for all its members. For general information look at our website, staelreds-york.org.uk Notice-board
COMMUNITY CENTRE-See the Centre website for further information.
SVP QUIZ- 7.00pm Wednesday same meeting id 2147102040
YORK HOSPITAL-The on-call Catholic priest must be accessed through the hospital. Please ask the nursing staff on the ward to do this if a loved one needs anointing. Alternatively, Sue Ellis is the, temporary, Roman Catholic lay chaplain. If anyone has a relative who would like a visit please contact her 07748 108253 or the Chaplains’ office number 01904 725579 People can ring either number to inform her about people already in hospital or will be shortly going into hospital. Visits cannot be guaranteed however as it will depend on the advice of the medics.
SACRAMENTS-Baptisms & Weddings are once again reinstated under very strict guidelines & limited numbers..
FUNERALS-can still take place in church with limited numbers and further restrictions, followed by a graveside or crematorium committal, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities.
SVP update – Thank you for your continued generous donations and your prayers. Please remember that SVP offers friendship and practical help to all without regard to faith, ethnicity, status or sexual orientation. So, if you know someone who you think could use our help please give them our number. These are also the contact details for you if you wish to discuss becoming a member : SVP mobile :07340011619 or email Pat on email@example.com
FOODBANK DONATIONS-If you would like to support the food-bank providing basic food parcels, please post any cash donations in a clearly marked envelope through Fr Bill’s presbytery letter-box. The SVP will then co-ordinate delivery. Fr Bill will take in some food donations at the presbytery door too.
CHOIR OF ANGELS-As part of the Christmas story, the Bar Convent will be celebrating Angels and all that they symbolise; from faith, love and comfort to strength, protection and guardianship. During lockdown we are creating a Christmas display of Angels for the windows of our building and we would like to invite you to be a part of it. Each Angel will represent a personal prayer, a message or a dedication. These Angels will all come together to create an uplifting and meaningful Choir of Angels. Help us to create this by printing out the Angel template on A4 card. Please cut around the Angel, add your own personal message and if you would like to decorate your Angel, we would like to request that you use the colours white, silver and/or gold. The template is also available to download from our website. Please hand your Angel in at church by Wednesday 25th November. Your Angels will be on display from Thursday 3rd December.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THOSE APPROACHING END OF LIFE AND THEIR FAMILIES
God of strength in weakness and hope in despair, we are yours in life and death. Sustain us for the journey of walking home to you. Give us the gifts and graces you gave those who walked with your Son in his final moments on Earth. Steady our hands, gentle our hearts, sustain our spirits and grant us faith and hope in life eternal.
PANDEMIC PRAYER TO OUR LADY
O Mary you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping firm faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial. Help us Mother of Divine Love to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. We seek refuge under your protection O Holy Mother of God, do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.