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ST JOHN VIANNEY CHURCH

West Green
4 Vincent Road, London N15 3QH
Parish Office: 020-8888-5518 E-mail: westgreen@rcdow.org.uk
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Website: http://stjohnvianneywestgreen.co.uk/

15th /16th DECEMBER 2018


3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Dear Parishioners

The Entrance Antiphon sets the time


for the 3rd Sunday of Advent: “Rejoice in the
Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed the
Lord is near”. Today is referred to as Hills and mountains are to be levelled
Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘rejoice’. out to make an easy path for the Lord to
Advent is a time of preparation, welcoming, enter our lives… we are to remove obstacles
looking forward to the birth of Christ Our that hinder us entering fully into the Lord’s
Saviour. We are to do so with hearts full of presence and his coming into our presence.
joy, expectancy, hope and jubilation! We
may not feel there is too much to get excited St Paul invites us in his letter to the
about these days, we are invited to look Philippians to be ‘HAPPY’ … “what I want is
beyond ourselves and our troubled world your happiness … the Lord is near”. So in
and realise that God is in charge, not us. this last busy week, let us go about our lives
with a ‘spring in our steps’ and with minds
I am always amazed at the beautiful and hearts full of joy in the midst of all our
message in today’s first reading from coming and goings!
Zephaniah: “The Lord your God is in your
midst … he will exult over you, he will renew Spread the Good News! Please take
you by his love; he will dance with shouts of one of our leaflets giving the timetable of
joy for you as on a day of festival”. Masses over the Christmas period and pass
the message to others.
Can these words be really true? Or
are they just nice words to keep us happy? Congratulations to the children and
Think of it. We are part of God’s creation staff at St John Vianney School for the joyful
and “God does not create rubbish”, as the Christmas Play – ‘Straw and Order’. It told
wise person said. So whatever state we and the Nativity story in such a joyous and
our world is in, our God still lives us and is happy way. Well done!
happy for us. That means in turn that we
should be joyful and thankful to Him. Liturgy Group Gathering: Don’t
Thankful because he took on a human forget the Liturgy Group gathering today
nature like ours; became one of us so that with the mince pies and teas/coffee in the
we could be raised up to his level. What a hall.
magnificent truth! Sadly, Fr Samuel is not able to join us
Note in the Gospel, that a feel of this Christmas from Ghana.
‘expectancy’ surrounds John the Baptist as Notice the stable is all ready, awaiting
he invites the people to repent; he invites us our Special Visitors!
“to prepare a way for the Lord”. Have a good week, God bless.
Fr. Joe
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 2018 THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN
MASSES TIMES & SERVICES LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

PENITENTIAL SERVICE: CATECHETICAL PROGRAMMES


Fri, 21st December 7.30pm FOR 2018 - 2019
(+ some visiting priests)
If you have any enquiries, please contact
THE SACRAMENT OF Sr. Devy on 07455 544 065 or
RECONCILIATION Parish Office on 020 8888 5518
Sat. 22nd Dec 9:45am-10:15am CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME
MASS TIMES: We welcome our Confirmation Candidates
to our 6pm Mass, 15th Dec.
Mon, 17th to Sat, 22nd 9:15am Next session: Sat, 12th January at 3:30pm.

Sat, 22nd (Vigil mass) 6:00pm RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR


Sun, 23rd December 9:00am ADULTS (RCIA)
11:00am Next session: Sat, 5th Jan + Mass 6pm
FIRST COMMUNION PROGRAMME
Monday, 23rd Dec 9:15am Next session: Sat, 12th January at 10am
----------------------------------------- SUNDAY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Next Session: Sun, 16th Dec at 10am
CHRISTMAS EVE – MONDAY 24th + Mass at 11am
Family/Children’s Mass 7:00pm
Carol Service 10:00pm FIRST RECONCILIATION PROGRAMME
Mass of Christmas 10.30pm Registration is now open for children who
had received their first Holy Communion in
CHRISTMAS DAY – TUE 25th May 2018 to prepare for the Sacrament of
THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD Reconciliation. The first session will be on
Masses: 9:00am Saturday, 19th January 12pm-1:15pm
11:00am
THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM
If you would like to have your child baptised
--------------------------------- on the 12th January or later, the next session
Wed, 26th to Sat, 29th 9:15am will be on Monday, 7th & 21st January 2019
at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.
Sat, 29th (Vigil mass) 6:00pm Please contact the Parish Office to book your
Sun, 30th December 9:00am place on the course.
11:00am
LITURGY GROUP GATHERING
Mon, 31st Dec 9:15am for Tea and Mince pies!
This includes everyone who supports the
------------------------------------------ daily and weekly Liturgies
NEW YEAR’S DAY – TUES 1st JAN 2019 including Church cleaners, Collectors,
(Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) Readers, Eucharistic Ministers,
Mass: 9:15am PowerPoints, Flower arrangers,
Altar Servers, and Musicians.
We would like to invite you for a Thank You
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS MASSES AND tea and mince pies at 10am today, Sunday,
SERVICES 16th December (between masses).
Please take a copy and pass one to your Hope you can come!
friends and neighbours. Thank you!
CAROL SINGING CHRISTMAS PLAY REHEARSAL
Come and join us in Carol Singing Children wishing to participate in the
at Wood Green Shopping Mall Christmas play are invited for rehearsal and
on Wednesday 19th December from 5pm. to practice hymns for the Christmas Eve Mass.
To let us know who will be joining us, please Rehearsal and practice today and next
sign up on the list at the back of the church. Sunday at 12noon in church. All children
are welcomed to come and take part on this.
ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICES (7:30PM)
IN NEARBY PARISHES: CHOIR PRACTICE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
Stroud Green – Tuesday 18th December We would like to invite anyone who would
Muswell Hill – Wednesday 19th December like to join us for the Carol singing on
St Ignatius – date to be advised Christmas Eve mass to come for choir practice
on Sunday, 23rd Dec at 10am.
ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE
CLEANING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS:
Here, at St John Vianney on We are urgently looking for volunteers to help
Friday 21st December at 7.30pm;
with cleaning the Church for Christmas. If you
an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of
can help, please come along and join us after
Confession. A number of visiting priests will
our 9:15am Mass on Friday 21st December.
be available for individual confession.
We would need a couple of men to help.
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Thank you.
will be celebrated on:
Saturday 22nd 9:45—10:15am WESTMINSTER JUSTICE & PEACE
COMMISSION 2019 CALENDARS
ADORATION OF With quotes from Laudato Si. Available at
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT £2 each or 3 for£5 in the Repository
Tuesdays after our 9:15am Mass and on
WESTMINSTER 2019 YEARBOOKS
the 1st Sunday after our 11am Mass
available in the repository: £4.50 per copy.
ROSARY APPLYING FOR A PLACE IN RECEPTION
Please join us in praying the Rosary AT ST. JOHN VIANNEY SCHOOL
at 8.45am every weekday, FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
before the 9.15am Mass. Stanley Road, Tottenham, N15 3HD.
Application packs are now available from the
MORNING TEAS /COFFEE school office. (See notice board for full details)
In the Parish Hall on Sunday, The deadline for ALL applications is
after 9am and 11am Masses. TUESDAY, 15th January 2019
We also welcome parishioners and
newcomers on Thursday mornings JOB VACANCY
JUSTICE & PEACE COORDINATOR
after the 9:15am Mass.
Location: West Green Parish and Vaughan
House London; Contract type: Permanent.
PARISH OUTREACH SOUP RUN Job Purpose: To serve the Westminster Justice
The next Soup Run is on & Peace Commission in coordinating Justice and
Sat. 05 January 2019: Group D Peace endeavours across the diocese. Salary:
£30,000 Hours of Work: 35 hrs per week.
MARY GLYNN, RIP Closing Date: 4th January 2019. Principal
We pray for the repose of the soul of Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinate the
Mary Glynn, RIP Diocesan evangelical work of Justice and Peace
Who died on Friday 7th December. in accordance with Catholic Social Teaching,
We remember her and her family in our hrough awareness-raising and coordinating
prayers. May she rest in peace. action.
Entrance Antiphon THIS WEEK WE PRAY FOR
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. The repose of the soul:
Indeed, the Lord is near. Jocelyn Luxon
Mary Glynn
First reading
Madeleine Holmes
Zephaniah 3: 14-18
Elizabeth Miller
Psalm: Isaiah 12 Michael Murphy
Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is Joe Burke
the Holy One of Israel. RIP
Second reading RIP Anniversaries
Philippians 4:4-7 William Wadhams
Gospel Acclamation Eileen Cassins
Alleluia, alleluia! Anthony Russell
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has Rose Russell
sent me to bring good news to the poor.
Alleluia! Special Intentions:
Kathleen Nyland
Gospel Margaret Savidge
Luke 3: 10-18 Marshall Gill
Communion Antiphon The Corry Family
Say to the faint heart: Be strong and do not fear. The St Guillaume Family
Behold, our God will come, and he will save
us. And for the sick and those in our parish

MASS & SERVICE TIMES Christmas Blessing


Monday 9:15am Kathy Foley,
Tuesday 9:15am Kathleen Nyland,
Gretta Sweeney,
Wednesday 9:15am
Lily Hanna,
Thursday 9:15am Lily Walsh,
Friday 9:15am Helen & Patrick Shine,
Saturday 9:15am Joe Breen,
Peggy & Tighe Toomey,
[6pm – Sunday Vigil Mass] Faulkner O’Callaghan,
Sunday 9:00am and 11:00am Srs. Syra and Agnes

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Wedding Anniversary


PENITENTIAL SERVICE: James and Suzette Ng Ying
Friday 21st December at 7.30pm
(+ some visiting priests) NAMES NOT LISTED ABOVE
ARE LISTED IN OUR BOOK OF INTENTIONS.

Saturday: Sacrament of Reconciliation


from 9:45am – 10:15am PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Tues to Fri 10am-12noon, 1pm-4pm
PARISH TEAM
Fr. Joe Ryan, Parish Priest To make an appointment
Sr. Devy Pranadjaja, Parish Sister Phone: 0208 888 5518 or
Germaine Ng Ying, Parish Admin/Secretary email westgreen@rcdow.org.uk
We cannot guarantee to have anyone available
outside of these hours.