Sunday December 7th. 2014                                                                                    Charity registration No. SC 002876

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Christmas Dinner

and — Mary’s Meals

The average cost of a Christmas dinner at home this year will be over £16 per person. But for just £12.20, Mary’s Meals can feed a child in a place of education in some of the world’s poorest communities for an entire school year.
Our creative friends from Whitespace in Edinburgh are inviting you to help us provide more children with life-changing meals by setting a place at their virtual table!
Mary’s Meals currently feeds 923,572 impoverished children every school day, giving them food and hope for the future.


                                                                                                                                        
HOW CAN I HELP?  
If you have a computer you can go on line.
Simply visit onemoreforchristmas.com and follow the instructions to set your place at the table. Once you’re done, your plate will appear at the table with your name on it for all to see. Or, maybe you would like to set a place as a gift for someone else


The message of Advent

“Come back home for Christmas where the love of God awaits you, where you are not a stranger, and where you will receive a loving welcome.”

For reasons that only they can understand, some in our parish have gradually lapsed from the faith and may only  come occasionally to Mass, and others have given up altogether.

Advent is a time of immense grace. There is an  abundance of God’s love and mercy for each and everyone of us at this time of the year. God is calling us as a Father to return home where we will find forgiveness, peace and happiness in being united once again with him in the Mass and the Holy Eucharist. It only takes a few minutes for a person to make their confession, and then to find the wonder of God’s peace in their hearts.


There will be a visiting confessor the Sunday afternoon before Christmas at Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist had such a powerful influence on people from every walk of life that they came to listen to him, and received the grace to renew their lives and commitment to God.  Many of them were the greatest sinners, yet the  grace of God warmed their hearts and assured them of a Father’s love and welcome –and they returned

Advent is a time of preparation, a time of waiting for Christ to be born, and if we open our hearts to God, no matter what the past may have been, the love of God will enter. The longer you have been a way, the more welcome you are. Pope Francis reminds us that God has more mercy than we have sins to commit, and the Church does its best to fulfil this.

During the weeks of Advent, at each Mass and at the rosary in honour of Our Lady, we will pray for this intention.

May this help everyone, especially  those who may have lost interest in their faith, that they may be moved to find the joy of the love of the new-born infant Christ in the Eucharist at the Midnight Mass or Mass on Christmas morning.

I hope to visit as many homes as I can before Christmas and after the New Year.

Advent is the personal invitation from the infant Christ in the manger to each one of us:

Come to Me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.

Shoulder my yoke and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,


The cards are going fast so please obtain your cards this weekend before they all are sold.

 We all wish to put Christ back in to Christmas, for it his birthday we are celebrating. It is sad that so many are not aware of  the true meaning of  Christmas and that we are  celebrating the birth our Saviour, not some pagan festival.