SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)
5th December 2021
The Gospel teaches us that, "the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; and he went into
all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Luke 3:2-3). When
analysing the word of God we find a three stage development needed for transforming anyone from lukewarmness to spiritual
fervour. The stages are (a) John went into the wilderness, (b) the word of God came to him, and (c) John went about
proclaiming in all the regions of Jordan. The understanding of these stages will help us to live our faith life with
Stage 1- Let us experience wilderness in our life. The scripture portrays wilderness as a place of God experience. When
we take time off from our busy schedules to be with God at a place of worship, spent time in prayer, read and listen to His
word, then we encounter God in the emptiness, the wilderness of our own life situations. Let us take the first step to
reach out to God, to look for God.
Stage 2 - The word of God comes to us. Once we reach out to God, He will fill our hearts with happiness and joy. James
4:8 says "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you". At this stage God takes the initiative to come to us,
to fill us, to renew us, to transform us and to remould us in His own image. When this happens we would like to cling on to
this God experience but listen to what Jesus tells Mary Magdalena, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet
ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and My God
and your God'." Let every encounter with God help us to carry out our duties with in our families, Church and
our society at large.
Stage 3 - We are ready to proclaim our faith. An encounter of the goodness of God creates within us the desire to share
our experience with others. People look at us and see the joy and peace and serenity that radiates from us and they would
like to be like us. They would like to be our friends. And then we can in turn help them by showing them the pathway to the
desert, the place where they, in their turn, will encounter God personally. The experience of God is like the experience of
love. You can tell people about it but they will not understand what you are talking about until they themselves experience
it. In order for this to happen, we must resolve, in this season of advent, to take the first step, to make room for God,
make time for church, for prayer, for hearing the word of God.
Fr Jijo George
Cashless giving: In response to requests from parishioners and to keep up with the times QR codes have
been provided by the Diocese to enable cashless giving. These have been placed at the doors of our church. Please scan
the amount you want to donate and the money will automatically go into the parish bank account. The Donate link has
also been set up by the diocese to pay in directly to the parish account http://stream.seccomgroup.com/donations/saoc. Thank
you for your continued generosity.
- Priest Surgery: There will be Parish Priest surgery on Thursdays 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Please in order to
book a baptism date for your child, please attend the weekly Parish Surgery.
Baptism Enquiries: Kindly use the parish email (click
here) for any request. Please ensure that you give us your contact number/email address for further communication.
Kindly do not leave your contact number via the phone answering machine. Please do come to the Thursday parish priest
- Baptism Preparation: If you have booked in for a Baptism, you are asked to take part in a Baptism
Preparation Course. The course will be conducted by the Parish priest on first Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm or by
appointment. The Parents and God-parents are expected to attend the course. The baptism dates will be available on first
and third Saturdays of every month and the time for Baptism would be at 12 noon.
- RECEIVING COMMUNION Please consume the Body of Christ in front of the Priest or Minister of
Communion NOT in your seat.
- JOINT CAROL SERVICE at St Augustine's on Sunday afternoon 12th December at 4pm. The service will
follow the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols form. Please come along to enjoy the approach of Christmas with our
Anglican/Free Church friends in our shared church.
FAITH TALK ON THE CHRISTMAS GOSPELS: As Christmas draws closer we shall be reading the sections of the
gospels commonly known as 'infancy narratives' with their stories of the births of John the Baptist and of
Jesus. The three parts of this talk consider Matthew chapters 1-2, Luke chapters 1-2 and John chapter 1. The videos
given by Fr Adrian Graffy, parish priest, Scripture scholar and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission are
available free of charge on www.whatgoodnews.org.
- CHOCOLATE DRAW Thank you to all the parishioners who bought tickets for the Chocolate Draw. We made
a profit of £140.00 for the parish funds. The draw will take place on Sunday after Mass. God Bless you all.
- THE SVP GIVING TREE is back and available in the Church after Mass. Could you buy an extra gift for
a child this Christmas? This year, with the rising cost of fuel, the families we support are struggling more than ever.
If you are able to buy an extra gift costing approx. £10, we would like you to choose a gift specified on a tag
from our tree and return the gift, unwrapped, with its tag to St. Augustine's. Deadline for collecting gifts, (so
Santa can deliver them in time for Christmas), is 19th December. We will bring the Tree to Church on Saturday and Tuesday
morning Masses too. Thank you for your continued support.
- FLOWERS FOR THE CHURCH AT CHRISTMAS We are always grateful for any donations to help make the Church
suitably beautiful for the feast of Christmas - please do consider putting a donation in an envelope marked Flowers and
leaving with Cath Lyons after Mass or popping through the Presbytery door.
- POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS If you would like to donate one in memory of a loved one please bring it
to the Church on Sunday 20th December. Thank you for your support. Cath Lyons.
PLEASE CONSIDER GIFT AIDING your donations. You can contact Dee Davey (Parish Gift Aid Organiser)
click here to Email or 07951661072 or
ask Fr Jijo or Kevin to pass on your details to Dee.
- HOSPITAL VISITS: If you go into hospital or a member of your family, inform the Parish Office so
that the priest can visit you in hospital.
- ST JOHN PAYNE ADVENT CAROL SERVICE You are warmly invited to attend our Advent Carol Service on
Thursday 16 December at 6pm in Aquinas Hall. Always festive and creative, this service will be followed by refreshments
and a time to socialise. If you have any queries, please contact Hannah Kelly, School Chaplain on 01245 256030, otherwise
please just turn up and join in.
DBS CHECKS: It is a legal requirement for those working with children and vulnerable adults within the
Church to be DBS checked, these checks are now carried out every three years, this must be adhered to. Our Parish
Safeguarding representative is Christina Coen or for info from the Diocese please
click here to Email Antoinette.
Toddler Group in Melbourne run by S.Moira & Margaret & volunteers on Thursdays 9.30-12 in
term-time: we are looking for a couple more volunteers - please contact: 01245604108 or click here to
Email for more details.
The Synodal Pathway: Our Journey Together Coming together with loved ones this Christmas will have a
special significance after the past year. Life has changed and perhaps there are things we see differently now. During
Advent we are asked to listen to one another and to God as the Catholic Church worldwide embarks on our Synodal Pathway
- Our Journey Together. Reflecting on journeys in the Christmas story: What was on the mind of Mary and Joseph as they
made their way to Bethlehem? What did the shepherds say to one another after the angels left them? What did the wise
men discuss as they followed the star? Similarly, we would like you to embark on Our Journey Together and tell us about
your faith journey. Find out more at: https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/synod-2021-2023/
BCYS Advent Retreat, 10-11 December at Walsingham House at Abbotswick BCYS invites years 10-13 to join
us and other young Catholics for our Advent Retreat, with interactive workshops, reflection and prayer as we look at
different themes of the Advent story. Cost £35, inc accommodation, activities and meals. Book at www.bcys.net/events or click here to Email.
BCYS Carol Concerts, Sunday 12 Dec at Walsingham House at Abbots wick Join talented BCYS musicians for
classic and contemporary carols with scripture readings, Christmas poems and stories followed by light refreshments -
all for just £10! A beautiful Advent event for the whole family, raising funds to help young people travel on
service pilgrimage to Lourdes. Concerts at 3pm or 7pm with limited capacity. To book your tickets, please contact Joe
Beattie, Walsingham House manager click
here to Email or 01277 373 959.
FIVE BIBLE STUDIES ON THE ADVENT SUNDAY GOSPELS Mauro Iannicelli will break-open the forthcoming
Advent Sunday Gospels with in-depth teaching and stimulating questions. Helping to experience Sunday Mass in a new way!
5 Wednesdays: 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec (7-8pm). Free of Charge. LIVE on YouTube. Info & registration
BCCS TREE OF ANGELS This November, Brentwood Catholic Children's Society launches their virtual
Tree of Angels allowing you to light up an angel on a virtual Christmas tree in memory of a loved one
who has died while making a donation to the work of 'bccs'. See https://www.bccs.org.uk/christmas/tree-angels or go
straight to https://visufund.com/treeofangels to make
your dedication and secure donation. Queries to Julie click here to Email.
- ST BEDE'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL & NURSERY, Redbridge Learning Support Assistants (3 posts)
supporting children with high needs. LBR scale 3 Salary £22,185 - £22,985 per annum pro rata. Hours:
8.45-5.15pm Monday & 8.45am-3.30pm Tuesday to Friday (29.25 hours per week/43.26 weeks per year)
- Parish Income - If you do not pay by standing order and are not able to get to Church, you can pay
directly to "Catholic Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury Springfield" on account 91082884 at sort code
40-13-22. Envelopes can be dropped through the Presbytery letterbox.
THE AUGUSTINIAN: We are aiming to produce an edition of "The Augustinian" for Christmas.
Contributions to Chris click here to
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died
Sunday: Kate Redfern
Monday: Fr Brian Drea
Tuesday: Fr Michael Healy
Wednesday: Fr Bernard Pownall
Thursday: Fr John Lane, Canon Anthony McKentey
Sunday: Fr Geoffrey Pye, Fr Eamonn Magrath