There is Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for about 30 minutes
after the service on Thursday. There will also be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
on Monday after rosary until 12:00 noon. This extended time is part of our celebrations
of the Tercentenary of the Birth of the Venerable Nano Nagle (see below).
This Sunday : Pope Francis has named the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary time the World Day of the Poor. On this World Day we are called to love and share with the poorest amongst us, and bear witness to Jesus’ preferential love for the poor. The World Day of the Poor is a way of making concrete the mercy of God in the way we positively reach out to those forgotten, ignored or marginalised because they are considered poor.
The Big Picture : The next session is this Wednesday from 1:30pm until 2:30pm in the convent. Even if you cannot get to all the sessions, please come to those you can.
Walk With Me booklets for adults and calendars for children for Advent are available at the church entrance. These can help us to live the advent season more fruitfully. They are free of charge (although you may like to leave a donation in the repository box). There are also copies of the 2019 Diocesan Directory (£5.00) for sale.
The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated this Wednesday. Following the 9:15am Mass there will be light refreshments in the convent.
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. She prayed for the deceased that they might be in heaven, and so during the month of November we can pray for those who have died, particularly Presentation Sisters and those whom they have served. As well as making this intention part of our daily prayer, there will be an extended period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Monday 19th November (9:45am - 12:00 noon). The letters of the Venerable Nano Nagle can now be viewed at http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:153347.
The Archbishop of Goa, Philip Neri Ferrao, is visiting Swindon and will celebrate the following Masses at Holy Rood: Tuesday 20th November at 6:00pm (for the Canonisation of Father Agnelo); Thursday 22nd November at 6:00pm (Mass for young people & families); and Saturday 24th November at 3:00pm (Feast of Saint Andrew). There will also be Mass at 9:00am on Tuesday at Holy Rood for the canonisation of Father Agnelo (not with the Archbishop).
Hour of Prayer : On Sunday 2nd December, the First Sunday of Advent, there will be an hour of peaceful prayer at 3:00pm in Holy Family Church, consisting of prayers, readings and meditative music. All are welcome to this celebration.
Baptism Preparation : There will be a preparation session for Catholic parents seeking baptism for their children (up to 6 years of age) on Saturday 8th December at 2:00pm in the convent. The session will last about 90 minutes.
Confirmation and First Holy Communion Photographs are available for collection.
Youth Gathering : Young people (aged 12-25) are invited to come to the Diocesan Youth Gathering next Saturday 24th November at St Brendan’s College (Broomhill Road, Bristol BS4 5RQ) from 11:00am until 4:00pm. There will be a celebration of Saint Oscar Romero and the Synod, with great speakers, music and activities, including the launch of the new Diocesan Youth Forum. The day will finish with Mass & commissioning of young people. Under 18’s must have a parental consent form, available to download from www.cliftondiocese.com. Refreshments are provided, please bring a packed lunch. To book your group or individual place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Journey is an immense, immersive and theatrical telling of the Christmas story. It is a processional performance which is taking place in Old Town on Sunday 9th December. Tickets are free and can be obtained via the website www.oldtownjourney.co.uk. The producers are still looking for people to get involved - specifically stewards and people to create a sea of people. Also there is a need for a young baby to represent the baby Jesus. All enquiries should be made to email@example.com.