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1 Celebrating Advent 2016 in the Catholic Parish of Our Lady and All Saints Different musical, service, social and prayerful opportunities to prepare for Christmas, keeping Christ at the centre. Do keep an eye on the newsletter for further information and in case of any time or venue changes.

2 Throughout Advent can you deliver a Christmas card to people in your road, or nearby? Let your NET leader know, and spread the message that Christmas starts with Christ! Mondays - Compline by Candlelight Mondays (28 th November, 5 th, 12 th and 19 th December), 8pm St Therese A candlelit service of music, prayer and reflections for Advent lasting for about half an hour. Peace and candlelight. More details from Eileen Prizeman ( ). Tuesday evening prayer group Tuesdays (29 th Nov, 6 th, 13 th and 20 th December) 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church The Tuesday evening prayer group returns; meeting after the 6.45pm Mass, this group offers reflection, prayer and scripture passages to prepare for Christmas. Led by Aisling Gallagher ( ). Thursdays - Deepening prayer through reflecting on the Bible Thursdays (1 st, 8 th, 15 th & 22 nd December), 7pm, Holy Trinity Small Hall "A Coming Christ in Advent"; a short course based on the book by the renowned Scripture Scholar Raymond Brown. Each evening will consist of some input, the opportunity for discussion, and prayer. More details from Isobel Parks ( ) or Mari Heywood ( ). Sponsored Sleep-out for the homeless (Project 58:7) Friday/Saturday 2 nd /3 rd December In a season where a feature of the story is no room at the inn this is an important act of charity: whatever the weather, the sleepout will happen, and money raised supports projects for the homeless in the town. Details and sponsor forms are at the back of each church. This year volunteers are also urgently needed for the Pavement to home winter night shelter, running from 1 st Dec to 31 st March. This will give a warm and dry night, with a meal, three nights a week all winter. Details from Phyl McLaren or Mass with Anointing ( healing Mass ) and Christmas Lunch Saturday 3 rd December, Holy Trinity 11.30am Mass, including the Sacrament of Anointing, open to all. There is a special welcome for those who find it hard to travel to Mass, and we can readily arrange lifts for you. Full details in the newsletter pm Christmas lunch; a wonderful spread to be enjoyed!

3 BBC Essex Christmas Service Broadcast recording ENTRY WITH TICKET ONLY Sunday 11 th December, St Basil s We are delighted to welcome BBC Essex to St Basil s. Members of our choirs will lead the music as this wonderful service of readings and carols is recorded ready for broadcast across Essex on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket details soon! Basildon Catholic Collegiate Trust De La Salle St Teresa s St Anne Line Infant St Anne Line Junior Combined Schools Christmas Concert Monday 12 th December, 1.30pm, Holy Trinity. Monday 12 th December, 5.30pm, St Basil s. This joyful telling of the Christmas Story will involve over 150 children from all the Catholic schools in Basildon. Full of energy and radiating happiness come and enjoy! Free, with a collection for the Brentwood Catholic Children s Society. Reconciliation Services Wednesday 14 th December, 2.00pm, St Basil s Wednesday 14 th December, 7.00pm, Holy Trinity We will use the usual format for the Reconciliation Services; this focuses on us as a community, with time for silent individual absolution. Both Fr Daniel and Fr Dominic will be available after each service for personal Reconciliation should you wish; there are also opportunities for this throughout Advent as follows: Every Friday morning, am, St Therese Every Saturday morning, am, Holy Trinity Every Saturday afternoon, pm, St Basil s International Carol Concert Sunday 18 th December, Holy Trinity, 7.30pm (Why not come for 6.00pm Mass and then have a mince pie & coffee while the choirs set up?!) Sing your way into the last week before Christmas with Carols and songs from our Indian, African, Filipino and Polish Communities, interspersed with traditional English Carols. This popular concert is free, will last for about an hour, and finishes with refreshments. Donations support the Brentwood Catholic Children s Society Presents under the tree Sunday 18 th December & Sunday 25 th December Put a present in non-christmas wrapping paper and label it for a boy aged 8 or for a girl aged 13 or for a young mother etc. These will be New Year, welcome and birthday presents throughout the year for the many families supported by the women s refuge and families in particular need, known to us through the work of CAP volunteers from the parish.

4 Advent 2016 Preparing for the birth of Jesus Christ The birth of a child changes our lives for ever. All of us who are parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents and friends of parents know this - and take time to prepare for it. In the whole shopping-filled, advert-crazed season that leads up to Christmas, will we get swept along in the rush? Or can we make the choice, now, to spend time reflecting and praying on the child at the centre of it all? Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, and the centre of our lives. Will our Advent 2016 this precious time of waiting and preparing reflect the fact that Christ is at the heart of our Christmas celebrations? Undoubtedly there are people for whom Christmas is a complete heartache and heartbreak; especially those with memories of loved ones no longer at the Christmas table because of bereavement or relationship break-up. In many families in our town, with stretched finances, Christmas can be very stressful. For those who are on their own, loneliness at Christmas can be unbearable. So, in our Advent, in our preparation for Christmas, can we take time, prayer, and practical action to offer kindness and help to those in particular? Advent is such a precious time: four weeks to prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus Christ a birth which transforms lives. In this leaflet there are many different opportunities to prepare, including serving the poorest, as well as preparing through music, and through prayer. Take the time, get yourself ready, and whatever Christmas brings you will be better prepared for it. And while you shop in Advent, as ever a plea to buy Fair Trade. The range of gifts extends to widely available tea, coffee, sugar and wine, as well as some clothing, wooden toys and footballs. Purchasing Fair Trade guarantees a fair wage & working conditions to those who have produced the goods. Look for the Fair Trade mark; use websites like Cafod, Traidcraft, Bala Sports or MeaningfulChocolate to find your Christmas gifts it makes a massive difference.

5 Christmas Eve Saturday 24 th December 5.00pm St Basil s (Family Mass) 6.00pm Holy Trinity (Family Mass) 10.00pm St Therese (carols 9.30pm) 12midnight St Basil s (carols 11.30pm) 12midnight Holy Trinity (carols 11.30pm) Christmas Day Sunday 25 th December 8.30am Holy Trinity (quiet Dawn Mass) 9.00am St Therese (Family Mass) 10.30am Holy Trinity (Family Mass) 11.00am St Basil s (Family Mass) Note earlier time for St Basil s Christmas Day There is no Evening Mass on Christmas Day Christmas Mass Times

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