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Christmas at Frenchs Forest 2017

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Wednesday December 20TH, 
7.30pm St Martin’s Reconciliation - Second RiteSunday December 24th - Christmas Eve

St Martin’s 5.00pm Children’s Family Mass
St Martin’s 8.00pm Youth Mass
OLGC 5.30 pm Children’s Mass
OLGC Midnight Mass (12.00am) Carols start 11.30pm
St Anthony’s  6.30 pm Children’s Family Mass

Monday December 25th – Christmas Day

 St Martin’s    8.30 am      St Anthony’s       9.00 am OLGC            10.00 am

There will be NO EVENING MASS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

No 5:30PM Vigil Mass At St Antony's 9th December

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There will be NO 5.30 PM VIGIL MASS 

AT  ST ANTHONY’S

this Saturday December 9 

(due to the Hamper Mass on Dec 10).

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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As we continue our Advent journey we light the second candle on our Advent Wreath and place the second star on our Southern Cross. And so being to recognize the enlightenment which will shine over our world as the great sign of love takes shape.

ALL: Lord God, as a symbol of love, we light this candle to thank you for your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life. We, who like sheep have gone astray, have found the way to you through Jesus Christ. We give you thanks and praise in Jesus’ name, as he lives and reigns with you in your glory and in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Reflection
On this the Second Sunday of Advent Mark invites us to reflect upon the role of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus and the salvation that he would bring to us. In today’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist contrast his baptism of repentance with the baptism that Jesus will inaugurate. John says that he has baptized with water, but that the one who is to come wi…

ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL

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Forestville Conference
The Annual Christmas Appeal will be held this week-end December 10/11.
Your generosity will held to bring some joy to those families who cannot afford a special lunch or dinner or have the resources to buy toys for their children at this festive time of year. Envelopes are provided in the church. It may suit you to take an envelope home and return it the following week.
Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.
Vinnies Raffle Tickets available this week-end

Catechist Gem

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As we come to the end of the year of teaching Catholic SRE and our last Catechist Gem for the year,
I leave you with some words that were written in a card, to one of our Catechists.

“Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into your lessons and for teaching the year 3 students about their religious beliefs. I know your lessons help them to be more caring and considerate” (Year 3 teacher)

We urge others in our community to join this very worthwhile Ministry.  

Being a Catechist in Pope Francis words: “being a catechist is a vocation of service in the Church, that has been received as a gift from the Lord and must in turn be transmitted. The catechist walks with Christ, therefore is not a person who starts from his own ideas and tastes.  He or she  looks for the Lord and that searching makes their heart burn.”

If you would like to know more about being a Catechist,
please contact Fran in the Parish Office on 9451 5097 or pastoral@ffcp.org.au or speak to

Fr Jose or Fr Joy.

Catechist News

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We welcome all our Parish Catechists to attend our

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT TERREY HILLS TAVERN 
ON WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER AT 12 NOON.  

Please RSVP to Fran if you have not already done so.

We wish our Parish Catechists a well-earned rest over the Christmas holidays and many blessings during the Christmas season.

MUSIC PRACTICE FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES

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WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER 7.00PM  AT ST MARTINS

At this practice we will prepare for the coming Sundays and for Midnight Mass.

THIS WILL BE OUR ONLY PRACTICE FOR DECEMBER so if all music people could make every effort to attend.

The Year of Youth

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Opening New Horizons for Spreading Joy. Keep our youth in your prayers as they celebrate the Australian Youth Festival this week-end.
Year of Youth Prayer
Come Holy Spirit of this Great Southland
Inspire our entire faith community,
As we prayerfully discern new horizons for spreading joy in the lives and communities of the People of God.
Come Holy Spirit of Youth
Fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Enliven our community with the

Year of Youth - Carols Evening

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What a great evening it was, thank you all who helped make it such a great success.
Open this article here to see some great memories.



















HEALING MASS, BENEDICTION & ANOINTING

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will be offered Next Wednesday  December 9.15 am at OLGC.

Families are invited to bring members of their family and friends
to this special service.

Morning tea will follow.

St Anthony’s Christmas Hampers

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Our Christmas Hamper program has commenced;
hampers may be selected by choosing one from the wall at St Anthony’s
or by using the net at http://www.netsavvy.com.au/hampers.
We look forward to as many people as possible participating in our appeal.

BLESSING OF THE HAMPERS 
NEXT SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 
9AM MASS

ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS HAMPER DONATIONS

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We are currently in the process of putting together our Christmas Hampers for clients at Matthew Talbot.

On Christmas Day we will provide a three course meal, entertainment and a hamper for all residents & guests. We are targeting donations of the following suggestions:
Men’s underpants, socks, shavers-blades, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, handkerchiefs, inexpensive wallets, environmentally friendly shopping bags.  Leave donations at the back of the church.





All Vincentians at Our Lady of Good Counsel:

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Members,  Volunteers, Associates and Sympathisers are invited to come together for a Christmas party on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 7 pm in the Parish Centre.

It will be appreciated if you bring a plate to share. Drinks are provided.

RSVP by 3rd December  - Barry 9452 2478 or Bruno 9452 5446.

Children’s Liturgy

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at OLGC’s 10am Mass for the rest of 2017 will be held  this Sunday 26th Nov and 3rd and 17th December.

We warmly welcome parents attending with their child for support.

Mass Changes

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There will be NO 

5.30pm Vigil Mass at  St Anthony’s on Saturday December 2
(due to the Parish Outdoor Christmas Carol Mass at OLGC) Saturday December 9th (due to the Hamper Mass).