This Week's Messenger



Sunday 29th November 2015






Recently Departed

Anne Curely


Year's Mind

[29] Frank Comley, Albert Blackford; [30] Reginald Lester;[1st December] Elsie Dashfield; [2] Kenneth Berry, Alfred Gower-Jones (priest), Michael Roy Brundle (priest); [3] Brian Clifford, Patricia Libbiter;[4] May Holbrow; [5] Elsie Comley.



will be marked with a series of special services, beginning this evening at S. Mark’s at 6.00 pm, with the Advent Carol Service.  Do come along and share with us as we mark the beginning of this Advent season of prayer and preparation.

Additional services will be held during Advent and Christmas as follows:

Sunday 6th Evensong & Benediction   6.00 pm at St Luke's
Sunday 13th Healing Mass   6.00 pm at St Saviour's
Sunday 20th Crib Service
Carol Service
  4.00 pm at St Mark's
  6.00 pm at St Luke's
Tuesday 22nd Carol Service   7.00 pm at St Mark's
Christmas Eve​ Crib Service
Mass of the Nativity
Midnight Mass
  4.00 pm at St Saviour's
  9.00 pm at St Luke's
11.30 pm at St Mark's
Christmas Day​ Mass of Christmas Day 10.00 am at St Saviour's


Readings for Advent Sunday

First Reading—Jeremiah 33.14-16

A reading from the Prophecy of Jeremiah

See, the days are coming—it is the Lord who speaks—when I am going to fulfil the promise I made to the House of Israel and the House of Judah:  “In those days and at that time, I will make a virtuous Branch grow for David, who shall practise honesty and integrity in the land.  In those days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell in confidence.  And this is the name the city will be called:  the Lord-our-integrity.”



Unto thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul; my God, I have put my trust in thee : O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.

Shew me thy ways, O Lord : and teach me thy paths.

Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me : for thou art the God of my salvation; in thee hath been my hope all day long.

Gracious and righteous is the Lord : therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

Them that are meek shall he guide in judgement : and such as are gentle, them shall he learn his way.

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth : unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.


Second Reading—I Thessalonians 3.12—4.2

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians

May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you.  And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.  Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live:  the life that God wants, as you learnt from us, and as you are already living it.  You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.

Gospel—Luke 21.25-28,34-36

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:  “There will be signs in the sun and the moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.  Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap.  For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth.  Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.”




the Patron Saint of Goa, will be celebrated at Mass at S. Luke’s this Thursday, 3rd December at 9.30 am.



is THIS SATURDAY, 5th December, from 1pm to 3pm.

It promises to be an afternoon of great fun, and a chance to pick up some interesting Christmas treats.  Do come along and join us!
Donations of cakes to Carole Green would be very much appreciated.



at S. Mark’s on 14th December will now take place at S. Aldhelm’s, due to a school event taking place at
S. Mark’s.



the new issue of our Parish Magazine is available today. 

Please do take a copy, read it, and share it with your family, friends and neighbours.



pledge cards were due to be returned by today.  If you haven't yet returned yours, please could you do so as soon as possible, even if you are unable to amend your pledge.  This will help the DCCs plan their budgets for 2016.



Early in the new year, the PCC will begin to consider where the Mission Giving for the Parish should be distributed.  If there is a cause which is close to your heart, and to which you would like to see the Parish give a donation, please talk to any member of the PCC, to
Fr Dexter or to Karen in the Parish Office.  Suggestions should arrive no later than 12th January 2016.



are available at the back of church today.  Do please take them away and share them with family, friends and neighbours.




there will be a brief meeting after Mass on 6th December, to co-ordinate Christmas Decorations.  Please come along to see how you can help.


Next Sunday's Readings

Baruch 5.1-9; Psalm 126; Philippians 1.3-6,8-11; Luke 3.1-6

Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)
Mondays at 6.00 pm
Saturdays at 9.30 am

The District Church of St Saviour

Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)
Tuesdays at 7.00 pm
Wednesdays at 9.30 am

The District Church of St Luke

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)
Thursdays at 9.30 am

The Chapel of St Aldhelm

Tuesdays at 10.45 am

And special services by announcement








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