The Advent wreath can be a powerful symbol. In a world of instant service, of 59 minute delivery and 24 hours a day communication the Advent Wreath reminds us that waiting can be good. Each Sunday we light one more candle, and we see that there are still others to be lit. Advent is about waiting for the Messiah. Not wasting time, but expectant waiting. Waiting that is about longing, about yearning. Waiting that does not sell-out to the premature festivity of the tinsel and the mistletoe, the commercial excuse for profit, the Christless jollity. Advent waiting is an invitation to grow, to ponder, to reflect and to be grateful. It's not instant. It's mellow. And it's rewarding.
· THIS SUNDAY: ADVENT SERVICE IN ST. CUTHBERT’S
The Advent Service in St. Cuthbert’s will take place this SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29TH at 6.30pm. We are all invited to share in this service of readings and carols.
· ST CUTHBERTS CARE – ADVENT ALMS
Envelopes are available at the back of Church for St Cuthberts Care Advent Alms Appeal. This Advent, St Cuthberts Care is asking for your support to help fund their 5p bus. This distributes warm clothes, bedding, new toys and food parcels to hundreds of needy families thrughout the Diocese.
· ADVENT TREE
Card decorations are available at the back of Church if you wish to write a Christmas prayer or message on and these will be placed on the tree at the back of the Altar, during Advent. If you wish to make a donation please use any of the boxes on the pillars, Cafod, HCPT, Holy Souls.
· ADVENT BOOKS – There are some advent books and Calendars available at the back of Church. Please don’t forget to take one for anyone you know who can’t get to Church regularly, or who are housebound
· FIRST RECONCILIATION SERVICE FOR CHILDREN
We will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the children who are preparing for their Holy Communion on Tuesday 8TH December at 6.30pm. Please remember them in your prayers.
· ST AUGUSTINE'S SCHOOL ADVENT LITURGY
Will be held here in St Augustine’s Church on Monday 14th December at 5.30pm. All parishioners are most welcome.
· DEANERY PENITENTIAL SERVICE
for the Cluster will take place this year in Holy Family on Tuesday 15th December at 7.00pm.
Tickets for CAFOD Cabaret will be available from this weekend after Mass, from the Parish Centre bar or from Martin McLean (tel 01325 465275). Cabaret dates Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December. Ticket price £5.
CAFOD CHRISTMAS SINGALONG:
Cafod christmas singalong-Sunday 13th December 3-5pm.Come along to the parish centre for tea, sandwiches, cakes, and festive cheer.
Tickets £4 on sale after mass or by contacting
Stuart Sanderson 07585 900750
Joanne Upton 07939 221635
Saturday 19th December in the Parish Centre, following on from the Outside Nativity.
We will be selling the Northern Cross next Sunday after all Masses, we sold 59 in November, many thanks.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED (over 18 yrs old/ under ……….)
Can you help once a month on a Sunday evening about 6ish in the Presbytery. We have a rota system of 4 different teams who counts and banks the parish monies. If you would like to help (as the saying goes, many hands make light work) please contact the office on 01325 266602 or email us on email@example.com Thank you.
BRASS CLEANING – VOLUNTEERS
The Church will be open on Tuesday 15th December from 5.3opm onwards for anybody who can spare an hour to polish the brasses in the Church ready for Christmas. Just bring your gloves along.
Please take a look in our Piety Shop – opposite the main doors of the Church - 10 St Augustine’s Court.
We have a large selection of Children’s advent calendars (sorry, no chocolate), Christmas cards, decorations, calendars, diaries and lots more.
all levels to GCSE, by very experienced teacher. Phone 250171.
Could any parishioners who have become non-taxpayers since 6th April 2015 and/or changed address please contact me on 07717 074991 as soon as possible. Many thanks, Sheila Taylor – Gift Aid Organiser.
OFFERTORY COLLECTION WITH GIFT AID
Envelopes are available for the next financial year – at the back of Church for those who contribute this way. Please do not use them until next Sunday 6th April 2014.
If you attend any other Church within the Diocese you can use your offertory envelope and it will be sent back to the originating parish.
If you would like us to reclaim some of your tax back (name, address, signature is all that is required) please give me a ring Barbara Morgan in the office 266602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a form will be sent out.
For every taxpayer who contributes this way the parish can reclaim 25p for every £1 that is placed on the collection plate. Last year we received an additional £9,220.
If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay tax we need to know, likewise if you have a new address