There is Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
There will be rosary after the morning Mass on Wednesday.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for about 30 minutes
after the Mass on Thursday.
There will also be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
after rosary on Wednesday until 12:15pm
as part of our celebrations of the
300th Anniversary of the Birth of the Venerable Nano Nagle (see below)
Reconciliation Services : There are a number of reconciliation services around our deanery this week Saint Joseph’s, Wroughton on Wednesday at 7:00pm and Saint Thomas More, Marlborough on Thursday at 6:30pm.
Christmas Masses : Our Christmas Masses will begin on Monday 24th December with Mass at 7:00pm (with carols from 6:30pm) and continuing with Mass at Midnight (with carols from 11:30pm). On Christmas morning there will be Mass in Portuguese at 8:00am and in English at 9:30am.
The Venerable Nano Nagle is the foundress of the Presentation Sisters and 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of her birth. Throughout this year it would be good to pray in a particular way for some of the intentions which were important to her. On Christmas Eve 1775 she founded the congregation known as the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and so during the month of December we can pray for the Presentation Sisters. As well as making this intention part of our daily prayer, there will be an extended period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Wednesday 19th December after rosary (approx.10:15am) until 12:15pm. The letters of the Venerable Nano Nagle can now be viewed at http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:153347.
Baptism Preparation : There will be a preparation session for Catholic parents seeking baptism for their children (up to 6 years of age) on Saturday 2nd February at 2:00pm in the convent. The session will last about 90 minutes.
Confirmation and First Holy Communion Photographs are available for collection.
First Holy Communion 2019 : The First Holy Communion Masses for 2019 will be at 11:00am on Saturday 1st June and on Saturday 8th June. The preparation programme for this will begin on Wednesday 17th January at 7:30pm with a parents meeting in the convent. The first children’s session will be on Saturday 24th January at 10:00am in the church. Catholic Children who are in Year 3 or above will be welcome to participate in this programme. Application forms for the programme and full timetables will be available next weekend.
Confirmation 2019 : Bishop Declan will be with us to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation during Mass at 7:00pm on Tuesday 4th June. The preparation programme (for young people in year 9 or above) will begin in the Spring next year.
New Liturgy Course for 2019 : To accompany and complement our Diocesan Year of Prayer, the Liturgy Office is hosting a new course entitled ‘Understanding and Praying the Liturgy’. It will seek to enable us to enter more deeply into our understanding of the Mass both as an encounter with the Risen Christ and as prayer itself. Beginning with Bishop Declan we will be guided through the course by a number of excellent speakers, both from within and outside the diocese. Full details can be found at https://cliftondiocese.com/departments/adult-education/liturgy-office or by telephoning Richard Williams or Doreen Wyatt on 0117 902 5595.