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Sunday 15 December 3rd Sunday of Advent
3pm Carol Service
with carols, and choir motets. Young children are invited to come dressed as angels, shepherds or kings.
Tuesday 24 December
10am Mass (English)
11.20pm Vigil of readings and carols
followed at midnight by the blessing of the crib and solemn sung Latin High Mass.
Wednesday 25 December Christmas Day
9am Dawn Mass (Sung English Mass, with carols)
10.30am Day Mass (Sung English Mass, with carols)
No evening Mass on Christmas Day
Thursday 26 December St Stephen
12noon Mass for Altar Servers
(Sung English Mass with carols)
Tuesday 31 December New Year’s Eve
10am Mass (English)
11pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
concluding with Te Deum and Benediction at midnight
Wednesday 1 January 2001
Feast of Mary, Mother of God
12 noon (Sung English Mass with carols)
May Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became man for our salvation, bless you and your families during this Holy Season.
Our carol service will have a similar format to last year, with popular carols and short readings, and with young children taking part dressed as shepherds, angels or kings.
Anyone who would like to join the parish choir to sing traditional Christmas Carols in parts is most welcome to do so.
Rehearsals are after 10.30am Mass on the following Sundays: 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 8 Dec, 15 Dec.
For further information, please speak to Julia Jones or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See also our Choir Blog
Bloggers and Tweeters are invited to join the Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma for their meeting this Saturday. After our 10.30am Mass, adoration and 12noon Benediction, there will be a talk by Dr Adrian Treloar on the miracles of Lourdes, a buffet lunch, and a meeting of the Guild at 2.30pm.
This weekend, at all Masses, we welcome students from the Vocations Mission Team based at Whitstable where six young men are preparing to enter priestly training for our Archdiocese.
They will give a short address at Masses and will be available to meet and talk to you after Mass.
Here is a prayer that you can use:
Prayer for Vocations
Lord Jesus, Christ, Shepherd of souls, who called the apostles to be fishers of men, raise up new apostles in your holy Church. Teach them that to serve you is to reign: to possess you is to possess all things. Kindle in the young hearts of our sons and daughters the fire of zeal for souls. Make them eager to spread your Kingdom upon earth. Grant them courage to follow you, who are the Way, the Truth and the Life; who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us.
Help our students who are preparing for the priesthood.
The next meeting of the Sodality of the Five Holy Wounds will be this Friday 22 Nov at 7.30pm. There will be devotions and a spiritual allocution, followed by tea and discussion in the Small Hall. All are welcome to come to the devotions and to join the Sodality if they wish.
The annual Requiem Mass for the deceased clergy of Bexley Deanery will be on Wednesday 6 November at 11am at Our Lady of the Angels, Carlton Road, Erith. Tea and coffee will be served in the Hall after Mass.
There will be no 10am Mass at Blackfen on that day. Please be prepared to give a lift to anyone who needs one.
There are sheets available at the back of the Church if you would like to record the names of your deceased relatives and friends. (You may also email a list of names and your email message will be printed and placed together with the other names on the altar.)
These will be placed on the altar during November.
During November especially, we remember the Holy Souls. One way of assisting the Holy Souls, especially those who have nobody to pray for them, is to contribute to Masses for them. The Holy Souls box at the back of the Church is for this purpose. You can put in any donation, large or small. For every £10 that is donated, a Mass will be offered for the Holy Souls.
The Mass intentions are passed on to priests in parishes where there are not enough Mass offerings.
Vigil of All Saints (“Halloween”)
In place of Rosary and Benediction, there will be sung First Vespers of the Feast of All Saints at 8pm on Thursday 31 October.
All Saints 1 November
Friday 1 November is the feast of all Saints. It is a Holyday of obligation on which we are bound to attend Mass. Masses in the parish are at 10am, 4.15pm and 8pm (sung Latin)
All Souls 2 November
The Commemoration of All Souls on Saturday 2 November is not a Holyday of obligation but it is a good opportunity to come to Mass to pray for our deceased relatives and friends. Our Mass at 10.30am will be a Latin Requiem sung with Gregorian Chant.
A plenary indulgence can be gained on 2 November by visiting a Catholic Church and saying the Our Father and the Creed.
A plenary indulgence can also be gained from 1-8 November by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the holy souls.