4th Sunday of Advent (b)

4th Sunday of Advent.  (b)


Times of Mass and Confession:

Sundays:                               Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. & 10.00 a.m.

Weekday:                             9.00 a.m. (Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)

n.b.       11.30 p.m.  (Wednesday –see below for more details)

                9.30 a.m. (Thursday – see below for more details.)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                        After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturdays and by arrangement


Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:

Sick: John McPartland, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Assunta Santangeli.


Anniv: Nellie MacDonald, Bill Lightheart.


TodayThe Advent Tree is in place along with the baskets of tags from which you can choose a task you would undertake in the course of the week.

As in previous years we will be collecting gifts for the homeless this week, these gifts being given out via the St. Catharine’s Convent Homeless project.

Lists are at the back of the Church for Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Passkeepers and volunteers to assist at the social events in the Hall after the Christmas Masses, to indicate their availability over the Christmas and New Year period. The social events in the Hall are in particular need of helpers. Today is the last chance to add your names to the list so that organisers know where they are.

Today: A new Eucharistic Ministers’ Rota and Readers’ rota are ready for collection from the sacristy.  Some people still need to collect them so please do so after Mass today.

Sunday: There will be a celebration of the Children’s Liturgy during the 10.00 a.m. Mass.  During Advent, the Children’s Liturgy will be celebrated every Sunday. The team have come up with lots of exciting ideas for the children so parents please encourage your children to go along and take part.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning will take place after Mass.    The Vocations group will be in charge.  Why not make time to pop round to the Hall and see what is on offer as well as meeting fellow parishioners.

The half yearly draw for the 200 Club will take place with prizes of £200 and £50 being a useful Christmas present for two lucky people.

Monday: Service of Reconciliation in the Church at 7.00 p.m. There will be 5 priests available for individual confession and absolution. Please take advantage of this service to prepare for Christmas. Please note confessions will not be heard on Christmas Eve.




Wednesday:                         Christmas Eve.                                                     

Service of Readings and Carols at 8.30 p.m. in Our Lady’s in Currie.

This will lead straight into the First Mass of Christmas.  It is important to be in the Church for the Carols and the readings since they form an integral part of tonight’s Liturgy.


Service of Readings and Carols at 11.30 p.m.  in St. Cuthbert’s.

This will lead straight into the First Mass of Christmas at Midnight.  It is important to be in the Church for the Carols and the readings since they form an integral part of tonight’s Liturgy. Refreshments will be served in the Hall after Mass if you are able to stay.


25th December:                    The Nativity of Our Lord.


Mass at 9.30 a.m. in St. Cuthbert’s.

Refreshments will be served in the Hall after Mass if you are able to stay.

Please note that the time of Mass is changed from previous years.

This is to allow a less rushed period between Mass in St. Cuthbert’s and Mass in Our Lady’s due to Father Tom being away.


Mass at 11.30 a.m. in Our Lady’s in Currie.


Diary Dates:

 18th January:   Mass for Migrants and Refugees at 3.00 p.m. in the Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Cushley, to celebrate the contribution of migrants and refugees to our archdiocese, on the Church’s annual World Day for Migrants and Refugees. This year Pope Francis’ theme is: Church without frontiers, Mother to all.

All are very welcome. If you would like to be involved, or to attend the reception afterwards, please email miriam.mchardy@staned.org.uk for further information./

21st February: This may seem a long way off but it is hoped to hold a Race Night to add funds to the Parish Project Fund.  The first stage will be to get ‘horse owners’ and lists will be available very soon to give the opportunity to become an owner.  More details will be given in  due course but keep the date free and come along.


The Stall still has some Christmas Cards and Candles available for sale.  The new edition of ‘Living Faith’ and ‘Day by Day’ is also available.


With every best wish and  Christmas

blessing to you,

your families and

all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony