29 May 2017
2009 advent

 

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Advent is rightly described as a season of joyful preparation for the Feast of Christmas.  We are asked to prepare to celebrate Christmas in a worthy manner through prayer and penance, but to do so with joy in our hearts.

 

This Advent we are bringing the time of early morning Mass on the weekdays forward by 15 minutes to 7.30am.  We hope that many people will see this as an opportunity to share in the Mass before they begin their days work.

A second important change in our preparation relates to Confession.  Because of the great difficulty in getting the required number of priests to celebrate this Sacrament during Mass on the last Sunday of Advent, we now plan to have our Penitential Services during the week, beginning 13th.  We will have 7.30 Evening Mass in Tullamore Church on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 14th-16th.  During Mass we will have a Penitential Service in the same form as formerly on Sunday.  We will also have a similar Mass and Penitential Service in Durrow Church on Friday 18th at 8.00pm. 

 Confession is a meaningful part of a good preparation for Christmas.  We encourage everybody to plan now to be in attendance at one of our services on the dates mentioned above.
We also hope to have a few priests available for Confession after Masses on Sunday 18th.

Evening Prayer continues on Sundays at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.

Advent is also a time to reflect on the compassion Christ showed for the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society, during his own time on earth.  At Christmas, for the past ten years Trocaire has asked parishes to remember the world’s poorest people and thanks to the generosity of communities around the country the lives of over 1million people have been transformed.

This Christmas Trocaire is appealing for us to remember the world’s poorest people in whatever way we can www.trocaire.org/globalgift