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Reports from the June '17 Conference of Jesuit Parishes in Swanwick on the three significant documents issued by Pope Francis.


The Joy of the Gospel

The Joy of Love

On Care of our common home


17th December 2017                              THE NEWSLETTER                  Third Sunday of Advent
Masses for this week





Sa    16th   

5.30pm    St P’s

For the Parish

Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent

Su    17th   

8.30am    St P’s

In thanksgiving for Zimbabwe

The Third Sunday of Advent

Su    17th   

10.00am  St J’s

Syd & Mary Armstrong  A

The Third Sunday of Advent

M     18th     


Priest’s Intention

Advent Weekday

T      19th   



W     20th    


Teresa Brasier  L

Advent Weekday

Th    21st     


Holden & Duxbury families  R

Advent Weekday

F      22nd   


Priest’s Intention

Advent Weekday

L = Lately Dead, A = Anniversary of Death, R = Remembrance          M = Martyr, V = Virgin, B = Bishop, Pp = Pope

P = Personal Intention, S = Sick, B = Birthday                                        D = Doctor, P = Priest, R = Religious


Please pray for the following, the anniversary of whose deaths occur at this time:
Catherine Tones, Mary Hughes, Eileen Louisa Ahearne, John Wilkinson, Ellen Snape, John Myerscough, Clifford Wilkinson, Mary Josephine Brown,
Pearl Heller.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Readings at Mass


3rd Sunday of Advent

4th Sunday of Advent


Isaiah 61:1-2.10-11

2Sam 7:1-5,8-12, 14, 16


1 Thess 5:16-24

Romans 16:25-27



Luke 1:26-38


 Diocesan Website:
for information on our Diocese and what is happening.

Praying with the Pope in December, 2017
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming new generations.
Look at for more information.

 The Prayer of St Francis before the Cross at San Damiano.
“Most High glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart. Give me a right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, so I can always observe your holy and true command. Amen.”


As announced, starting from the weekend 6th/7th January, parish masses will be as follows:  Saturday Vigil Mass  5.30pm in St Peter’s Church.
Sunday 9.30am Mass in St Joseph’s Chapel in St Joseph’s School.
The College Mass will take place at 11.00am in St Peter’s Church and parishioners are welcome to attend. There will be no 8.30am mass.


The Collection
Weekend 9th/10th December









Many thanks for your generosity.


St Peter’s Church Repository
Take a look!  Christmas!!
Christmas Cards including mass requests, 2018 diairies, candles - Advent and seasonal - together with a selection of gifts for adults and children are now available in the Repository at the back of St Peter’s Church.
Also on sale are Christmas cards sold on behalf of ‘Caritas’, the Diocesan Care Organisation.


From Mary Bailey.
The decorating of St Joseph’s Chapel for Christmas will be done on Monday, 18th December, at 4.00pm. Further details from Mary Bailey 01254 826269


Events in December in the lead-up to Christmas
Monday 18th Christmas Coffee Stop at St John’s Old School Hall with free sherry and mince pies as well as the usual free tea, coffee and cakes.
Friday 22nd Joint Carol singing around the village and surrounding pubs. Meet at St Peter’s Club 7pm. All monies raised for the ‘Thomas’ organization in Blackburn.

Christmas Services at St Peter’s and St Joseph’s.
Saturday, 23rd December Confessions in St
Peter’s 10.00am to 11.00am.
Sunday, 24th December Christmas Eve.

  • 5.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas in St Peter’s preceded by carols at 5.00pm
  • 12.00 Midnight Mass in St Peter’s preceded  by carols at 11.30pm
  • Monday, 25th December  Christmas Day 10.00am in St Joseph’s - Dawn Mass of Christmas Day
  • Tuesday, 26th December Feast of St Stephen  (Boxing Day) Mass @ 10.00am in St Joseph’s  Chapel in thanksgiving for graces received during Christmas, but especially to give God thanks for the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Tom & Agnes Eccles. Congratulations!

Hope in the Future
Members of the Steering Group who are helping us share in Bishop Arnold’s project to build missionary parishes, were asked to list all the good works which were being done in the parish now, at this very moment, never mind what we might do in the future. Looked at through the eyes of the congregations of the three masses, 5.30pm. 8.30am and 10.00am, the good works fall into two groups: a) good works being done outside the walls of church and chapel
b) good works being done within walls to promote the prayer life of the parish community, especially at mass.
This week, I would like to consider a) - the already existing outreach to ‘the world outside’

  • The parish has a representative on ‘Caritas’, the Diocesan organization which cares for the poor in the Diocese. Also, there are two representatives promoting the work of the Medaille Trust which cares for the victims of modern-day slavery.
  • Many people contribute to the Food Bank and one member of the parish ensures that the food reaches its destination.
  • Several members of the congregation are Governors of schools, especially St Joseph’s.
  • Some teach in schools or offer voluntary help.
  • A team of dedicated workers keep the parish cemetery in very good condition, and, in its own unique way, the cemetery exercises an influence on the neighbourhood at large.
  • The St Peter’s Guild, with its facility of the Guild Hall, touches the lives of parishioners and others on a variety of occasions.
  • …. and in many other ways!!

In the next Newsletter, I shall consider b) the considerable amount of work being done to support our praying together, particularly at mass.  


Fr Peter Griffiths SJ



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