Parish Priest: Father Lijo Jose
Telephone Number: 01844 345 578
Dates for the Diary:
Sunday 28th November at 6pm
Churches Together Advent Service at St Mary’s Church
1st / 8th / 22nd December - 7.00pm
Advent: three evenings of prayer, scripture readings and music at St Teresa's Church
Saturday 4th December at 3pm – 6pm
Churches Together stall at the Town Christmas Lights Switch
Sunday 19th December
Parish Christmas Draw
Sunday 23rd January - 3pm.
Opening Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on
As we enter Advent we are starting to prepare for our Christmas celebrations. To ensure we all stay safe we will be having three masses on Christmas Eve at 3pm, 5pm and 9pm and a mass on Christmas morning. If you are able to help with music (playing or singing) at any of the Masses, please contact Paula McAleavey (01844 275818) for any of the Christmas Eve masses or Margaret Dalton (01844 214936) for the Christmas morning service.
Advent Prayer Evenings
Join with other parishioners as we prepare for Christmas this Advent: three evenings of prayer, scripture readings and music. December 1st, 8th and 22nd at 7:00 pm in the church. Each session will last for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
There is now a small toy box available at each of the weekend Masses. It is in the Narthex for parents, who may, on the odd occasion, find it useful when their little ones need distracting! We just ask please, that the toys remain in the Narthex and are replaced in the box when your toddler has finished.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
during Advent will be Monday to Friday from 9.00am-9.45am and Wednesday 8th and 22nd December from 7.00pm-7.45pm.
Calling all Missio Red Box Holders
Please take a named brown envelope from the Narthex pigeon-holes and empty your box at home. Then return the envelope for collection on 27/28 November and 4/5 December weekends Masses. Any query or if you would like your envelope to be collected at home, then please phone Angela Bailey on 07487822290.
The Relics of Saint Bernadette to Visit Britain
The relics of Saint Bernadette will travel from the Upper Basilica in Lourdes to every Catholic Cathedral in the UK in 2022.The Catholic Bishops Conference have announced that each dioceses will host the relics, a bone from her thigh, for two days. The dates to be announced next year.
A Few Changes Starting in Advent
As the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic continue to ebb, I want to highlight a few changes that can now take place in our mass starting from the First Sunday in Advent- 28th November. However we still need to remain sensible and vigilant and not take unnecessary risks. The Bishops of England and Wales have asked all Catholics to return to regular attendance of Sunday mass from the First Sunday of Advent- 28th November. So I warmly welcome all of you in a very special way to mass on that Sunday and hopefully we will be able to see a return to some form of normal in our parish life. Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent will be as follows: Monday to Friday from 9.00am -9.45 am and Wednesday 8th and 22nd December from 7.00pm-7.45pm during the Advent Liturgy. We can stand or sit during the mass but please do not kneel down as we are in too close proximity with the person in front of us. The physical sign of peace remains suspended for the time being – but we will introduce a sign of peace without touching. Please simply turn to the person beside you or behind you and nod or bow or smile or make a sign with your hand. The offertory procession will be reinstated. Once again thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Parish Christmas Draw Tickets
raising funds for St. Teresa’s Church Development Fund and CAFOD, will be available this weekend. Please try and take as many as you can. Payments, stubbs and any unsold tickets can be placed in an envelope and return by Sunday 12th December. A box will be available in the narthex at the weekend masses. The draw will be made in the Walsingham Hall on Sunday 19th December after Mass.
St Teresa’s is a Fairtrade parish since 2015. Fairtrade has been suspended due to Covid but now restarting. After mass each weekend a stall will be on display selling Fairtrade products, at present cash or cheque would be appreciated, cheques made out to St Teresa’s parish please. Items may also be ordered from the catalogues. Please ask Karina or Marie for more details.
Double the Love Lunches - Mary’s Meals UK:
We have some wonderful news to share! Our new campaign, Double The Love, has launched today. Donations made to Mary's Meals from 1 November 2021 until 31 January 2022 will be doubled. For more details visit- www.marysmeals.org.uk
CAFOD World Gift Catalogues
will be available after the masses this weekend. Please take one home and help give the gift of a better future this Christmas.
On Mondays through Advent starting 29th November, 7.30-8.30pm. Join Canon John Udris and Avril Baigent for an online retreat helping us to pause, reflect and encounter the Lord. Join our online community on a Monday night, or watch afterwards. Click here to book visit https://lift_up_your_eyes.eventbrite.co.uk.