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2nd Sunday of Advent 2019 Year A PDF

1st Sunday of Advent 2019 Year A PDF

Bidding prayers for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

PRIEST.

The word of God has chosen to live among us: let us thank him and give him praise.

READER.

Bring justice to those bowed down with suffering: defend the poor and the powerless.

Prince of Peace, turn our jealousies into love, teach us to forgive rather than give way to anger.

When you come to judge the world, may we stand before you without fear.

You stand in our midst unknown: help us to find you in the poor and troubled.

We ask Mary. Our Mother, to pray with us and to pray for us: HAIL MARY ….

PRIEST.

Prepare our hearts, Lord, by the power of your grace. When Christ comes, may he find us worthy to receive from his hand the bread of heaven at the feast of eternal life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

News

Mgr Tony Boylan

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Mgr Tony Boylan who died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning 20th November. Mgr Boylan was born in Bradford on the 6th May 1939. He studied at St Bede’s before going to Ushaw College to study for the priesthood. He was ordained at St Joseph’s Church, Bradford on the 24th May 1964. He was our Parish Priest from 1998 until 2006. He is remembered with love and deep gratitude. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
The funeral arrangements for Mgr Boylan are:
Monday 9th December 7.00pm: Reception Leeds Cathedral.
Tuesday 10th Dec 12.30pm: Requiem Mass, Leeds Cathedral.
Wednesday 11th December 11.00am: Mass at St Boniface Catholic Church, Robin Lane Bentham LA2 7AB followed by burial at Bentham Cemetery.

Message from Pope Francis for the Care of Creation

Fr Michael spoke to us to about Pope Francis’ message to feel challenged to assume, with prayer and commitment, our responsibility for the care of creation. Also for God to grant us the courage to do good without waiting for someone else to begin, or until it is too late. A summary of Pope Francis’ appeal can be found here and the encyclical Laudato Si’ here.

Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter. In this month’s edition:-
* How ‘Care of Creation’ was celebrated with a week of special events in St Teresa Benedicta parish in Shipley & Baildon
* A Report on the Family Poverty workshops undertaken in the same parish
*A write up of the  recent Yorkshire Sabeel meeting where Chris Cole detailed the role of drones in modern warfare
* Our Day of Reflection about Creation & Eucharist
* A report from the Wakefield Refugee Response meeting held at Ss Peter & Paul Sandal.

Kim’s poem for corporal David O’Connor

Kim wrote this poem just after David’s funeral. He was Kim’s brother’s eldest son. He was a corporal in the Royal Marines. He was killed while on active service in Afghanistan on 24 October 2012. He was 27 years old.

CAFOD – El Salvador and Columbia

Our parish has supported CAFOD’s work with the Puentecitos community in El Salvador for the last 4 years.  We raised £491 from book sales in the church foyer and £2,511 from our parish team running the 2015 Great North Run.  Read here about the amazing projects that have been completed, helping to improve people’s income and food production in this very poor region of the country.  From January 2019 our parish has been supporting people in Magdalena Medio, Columbia through CAFOD’s HandsOn programme.

Parish Meetings

Dates for future parish meetings are below, all start at 7:30pm

2019 Thursday 17 October
2020 Thursday 30 January, 21 May

Minutes from the October 2018 meeting can be found here.