FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
29th November 2020
Today we are entering a new liturgical season, the season of advent and we are entering into a new liturgical Cycle
'B'. The Church invites us on this first Sunday of Advent to prepare for Christ's Second Coming, first by
properly celebrating during this Christmas season the fond memory of Christ's first coming 2000 years ago, second, by
experiencing Christ's daily advent or coming in the Eucharistic celebrations, in the Holy Bible and in the worshipping
community, and third, by preparing for Jesus' Second Coming which, for us, will happen at the moment of our deaths or
at the end of the World.
In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah prays for God's active presence so that the Jewish community, returned from
Babylonian exile, may remain faithful to their God. In the second reading, St. Paul prays for the reconversion of
Christians in Corinth who have misused their gifts and charisms and remain ill-prepared for Christ's Second Coming.
The central theme of today's readings is Jesus' warning to us to be alert, watchful and prepared because
Christ's Second Coming, coinciding with the end of the world, can occur at any time. Jesus, in today's Gospel,
gives us the assurance that we need not be afraid of the end of the world, Christ's Second Coming and the Last Judgment
if we remain alert and prepared. Using the short parable of the servants and gatekeeper of an absentee master who could
return at any time, Jesus instructs his followers to be alert and watchful while doing their Christian duties with
Wishing you all a peaceful and serene time. Stay safe and healthy.
SEND O LORD, HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH.
Fr. Sabu Pariyadan RCJ
- Church Re-opening: we are about to move out of the lockdown 2.0. Therefore church will be re-opening
once again for public worship from 03/12/2020 Thursday onwards. We will be back to our usual weekday and Sunday mass
timings. See the mass timings for more details.
Christmas mass Bookings: given the new guidelines and the possibility of forming a festive bubble over
Christmas, we are looking at the possibility of accommodating bigger household bubbles at our Christmas masses.
We will have a vigil mass on the 24th at 8.30pm and the Christmas day mass at 9.00am. If you wish to
book your place at the Christmas masses please click
here to Email or call 07950924349 with the mass you wish to attend, your name, number of seats and contact details.
(If the call ends up in the voicemail leave a message with the same details). If we have more people attending
we will look into the possibility of an extra mass. So please try your best to make it to the church over
CHRISTMAS POSTERS: This year Christmas will be different. Everyone will still decorate at home, inside
and out. Not so long ago lots of rainbows were drawn and put in the windows of houses. How great would it be to see
Crib scenes (Nativity scenes) in windows around the district? As an inspiration, we have a black and white silhouette
crib scene for you to download, decorate and colour (click here).
Maybe add stars, some words e.g. 'Joy'. Then display. If you cannot print out at home, we will put some copies
out in St Augustine's for you to collect. GROWN-UPS as well as children!
- Luchie Silvia Marriage RIP: Her funeral will take place on Monday 30th November at St.
Augustine's followed by cremation at Chelmsford crematorium.
Advent Concert: Sunday 6th December 4pm, and throughout Advent on YouTube: Featuring favourite carols,
with music led by Art from Brentwood Cathedral, as well as Gabi, Felishia and Erin from the BCYS and Walsingham House
team, along with readings and poems, the concert will be a prayerful and delightful way to journey through Advent. And,
of course, you can sing along to your heart's content at home! Free to watch, with donations welcome: money raised
will be split between the Trussell Trust, supporting food banks across the Diocese, and the Brentwood Catholic Youth
Service. Full details and links: www.bcys.net/events/adventcarols.
SVP GIVING TREE This year we are running a virtual Giving Tree, using the same booking system for
seats at mass, if you would like to buy a gift just use the following link and select a gift: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintvincentdepaulsocietychelmsford. A member of the SVP will be at St
Augustine's on the weekends 28th/29th November, 5th/6th and 12th/13th December at Private prayer between 10.30 and
11 o'clock or Mass at 9 o'clock. (We will wrap and distribute the gifts in time for Christmas). Thank you
Springfield SVP Conference.
- 200 CLUB We started collecting subscriptions for the 200 Club at the beginning of the year, before
we started to cope with Covid. Many people have been paying us in cash at Mass and we have decided that we will start to
run it again when we can have reasonably full Masses again. We will hold the money from those who have paid already until
we restart, and if you wish to pay now, we can provide details of how.
The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 1st December - 12 noon Tues 8th
December to support its work Helping Homeless People this winter. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a
matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online
matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid
with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth
020 75921886 click here to
Email. Please generously give online at https://tinyurl.com/PassageBigGive
- From Fr Sabu: Special thanks to all those who are being very generous in this special time, with
your regular Sunday collections, special donations and secret offerings for charity. This will help our Church and bring
a smile on some faces. God bless you all for your generosity.
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died: Luchie Marriage
Sunday: Fr Francis Branney
Tuesday: Fr Bartholomew (Bart) Lynch
Wednesday: Fr James (Pat) Hannon
Friday: Christopher McIntosh
Saturday: Kate Redfern
Sunday: Fr Brian Drea
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Prepare a way for the Lord.
Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14
We are waiting for the new heaven and new earth.
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
Make his paths straight.