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FUNERAL MASS – OLSH Church, Randwick: THURSDAY 10th December at 1.30pm
BURIAL – St. Mary’s Towers, DOUGLAS PARK: FRIDAY 11th December at 12pm
1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)
2nd CANDLE – (purple) THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION
God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD! “As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ (Luke 3:4-6)
3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY
The angels sang a message of JOY! “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:7-15)
4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE
The angels announced the good news of a Savior. “…I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10b-11). God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
5th CANDLE – (white) CHRIST CANDLE
The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)
Christmas Eve, Thursday Dec 24
6pm – Carols
6:30pm – Vigil Mass (Children) (shepherds & angels welcome!)
8:30pm – Indonesian Community Mass
11pm – Parish Mass (Youth)
Christmas Day, Friday Dec 25
9am – Carols
9:30am – Christmas Day Family Mass
(No evening Mass on Christmas Day)
Holy Family, Sunday Dec 27
9:30am: Mass & KidsChurch + Morning Tea
Also: Sat 6pm, Sun 3:30pm (Indonesian), Sun 6pm
Mary, Mother of God, Friday, Jan 1
Epiphany, Sunday Jan 3
9:30am: Mass & KidsChurch + Morning Tea
Also: Sat 6pm, Sun 3:30pm (Indonesian), 6pm
Signup sheets are available on the notice board in the church foyer for Eucharistic Ministers for our Christmas Masses.
Wed 9 Dec Dinner 6:30pm for 7pm at the Doncaster Hotel Kensington. Bookings: Martin O’Loughlin 9662 8559. E: email@example.com. All Welcome.
The Healing Mass provides an opportunity to stay connected with friends and members of our Parish Community. Please pass on this information to neighbours or people you know who are housebound or unwell.
Transport is provided to and from the Church. Please contact Maria at the Parish House: 9663 1070.
Come and join the Sisters on 25th December for Christmas dinner at 12 noon, at OLSH Convent, 2 Kensington Rd Kensington. Please ring 9662 1777 as soon as you have decided. Transport available if necessary.