28th November 2010
Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5
The Lord will wield authority over the nations.
Reading: Romans 13: 11-14
Our salvation is near: no wrangling or jealousy.
Matthew 24: 37-44
Stay awake; the Master is coming.
Dregish: 9.30am, St Francis of Assisi,
Castlederg: Vigil 7.00pm, Sunday 10.45am
28th November 2010
Today is the beginning
of the Season of Advent and the start of a new liturgical
year, the year of Matthew’s Gospel (Cycle A).
Advent is a time set aside by the Church for spiritual
preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth
and for the coming of Christ in glory at the end of
time. It is a time of renewal, of quiet anticipation,
hope and expectation. As we start our Advent journey
today we are reminded in the Scripture readings to ‘stay
awake’ and ‘stand ready’ because ‘you
do not know the day when your master is coming.’
Saturday 12.00noon, with Novena Prayer
note, there is no Mass on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
in Dregish or Drumnabey, due to the Novena in Christ
the King, Strathroy. A Novena Mass will be celebrated
each morning in Strathroy at 7.45am.
YOU for your generosity in last week’s collection:
Dregish £265, Drumnabey £335.
CARDS Our Parish Christmas Cards are available
for purchase, at the back of the churches, and from
McGuires Post Office. They are £5 for a pack of
eight. All proceeds to parish funds.
CHURCH DUTIES ROTA: Readings, Offertory
Gifts, Cleaning & Flowers: Thank you to the Drumnabey
Park and Dunteague areas for this month’s duties.
In December, the Gamble Park and Glassmullagh/Lisnacreight
areas are on duty.
OF THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND I will visit the
sick and housebound this week: on Thursday in the Drumnabey
area and on Friday in Dregish.
will take place tonight, in Dregish Hall. It will start
at 8.00pm sharp. Please come along to support the Bazaar.
Great prizes on offer. In addition to its fundraising
element, the Bazaar is a great parish community night.
Please come early, so that we can get the night under
way at 8.00 and we will finish up at 11.00pm.
‘GATHER US TOGETHER’ NOVENA The
Weekday Liturgies will be held in Christ the King Church,
Strathroy, from Monday to Friday, this week, commencing
at 7.30pm. Details of the Speakers at the Liturgies
are available in leaflets at the back of the church.
The Novena Prayer Cards are also available at the back
of the church. Please take one. We will have a 12.00noon
Mass in St Mary’s, Dregish, with Novena Prayer,
next Saturday, 4 December, and will finish the Novena
next Sunday, 5 December, by reciting together the Novena
Prayer at our Masses. I invite and encourage you all
to commence the Penitential Season of Advent by taking
up this opportunity to join in these days of prayer
and Eucharistic focus.
A special website, www.eucharist2012.com,
has been set up for the establishment of the ‘Gather
Us Together’ liturgies. The weekday liturgies
in Christ the King, Strathroy, can be seen live on this
site, by following the links to the webcam.
DE PAUL Please remember to put unwanted items
of clean clothing in the clothing banks at our churches.
LESSONS A six-week course will commence in
Dregish Hall in January. One hour per week. £20
for the course. Please put your name on the sheet at
the back of the church if you are interested in attending,
or tel Gerry on 82241075 or Charlie on 81661886.
CONCERT Acts are being gathered for an upcoming
Variety Concert in Dregish Hall. Please put your name
on sheet at the back of the church if you are interested
in participating or tel Gerry on 8224 1075 / Charlie
on 816 61886.
FAYRE AND BAZAAR in Drumragh Integrated College
this Friday Night (3rd Dec), commencing at 8pm. Everyone
5, 2, 4, 6,
1, 3, 7.
by five. Jackpot £500.
NOTE: Notices for the parish bulletin are
welcome; however, they need to be with Fr O’Doherty
by Thursday afternoon at the latest, for inclusion.