Mass Times: As on the notice board.
Theme: “REJOICE! YOUR GOD IS COMING TO SAVE YOU.”
Masses Received: Mary Jenna (lately dead). Anthony Johnson, Hilda and Ray Lawson, Helen Hilliard (Anniversaries). Agnes Wadsworth & Jack Taylor (birthday memory). Clare & Walter Smith. Happy Birthday Alice, Happy Birthday Agnes. Maureen Roberts and 14 Christmas Intentions. Mary and Monty Bramer. (Birthday Memory)
Welcome: Into the Family of St. Luke’s – Alane Sophia Walters, Sophia Martha Diane Dawes, Grady and George Leonard Davies. Congratulations Lindsay & Joe, Bethany & Matt, Helen & Gareth.
Senior Citizens Xmas Party: Today 1-4.00pm. (United verses Tottenham 2.00pm)!
Carol Concert: This evening at the Cathedral at 7.30pm. Cathedral choir & Notability. Proceeds to ‘Loaves and Fishes & Caritas.
Christmas Fair: Thank you organisers, workers and big spenders. A HUGE success! £3,162.35! Brilliant!
Carol Singing at Aldi: Next Saturday 17th December between 1.30pm-2.30pm. Please come and join the Churches on the Height and represent St. Luke's.
Inter - School Carol Concert: Tomorrow Monday at 1.15pm. St. Johns, Summerville & St. Luke’s girls and boys.
St. Ambrose Barlow: Senior Citizens Carol Concert and Lunch Wednesday 12.30. Please see notice board.
Charter Players Christmas Cracker: Festive music and prose for all the family, Saturday 17th December. Contact Gill on 07528 891062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCM: Xmas dinner, Wednesday14th. 7.00 for 7.30pm at Smiths in Eccles. The winner of our Christmas Quiz was S. Brimelow. We would like to thank everyone who has supported our fund raising for “Loaves & Fishes” a cheque for £850 will be presented to them.
Infant Nativity Play: Next Friday at 1.30pm.
Carol Service: Next Sunday at 6.00pm with the Eccles Brass Band.
Bulletin: Please contact Steph 0161 737 6419 or Fr. John to pass on your suggestions and news items.
GAUDETE – REJOICE SUNDAY
Why? “Say To All the Faint Hearts, ‘Courage, Do Not Be Afraid. Look your God Is Coming To Save You!”
It is vitally important that we realise He has come Not to condemn us but to Help and Save Us.
“Sacred infant all divine, what a tender love was thine.
Thus to come from highest bliss, down to such a world as this.”
He Leaves all his glory behind
To be born and to die for mankind
With grateful beasts His cradle chooses.
Thankless Man His Love Refuses”
Times haven’t changed – His Love Refuses!
St. Teresa sums it up so beautifully: “A God Who Becomes So Small Could Only Be MERCY and LOVE.”
Yes, Happiness is being Loved – Especially by GOD!
Today’s Gospel – St. John the Baptist
“Are you the one who is to come?” You must make up your own minds. Surely these miracles of healing are proof enough! “Greater than he (John the Baptist) has never been seen.” Why? Because the courage of his convictions cost him his life.
A quick funny – A worn out teacher at the end of a long Christmas term, “What a class. I’ve taught you everything I know & you’re still a bunch of idiots.”!!!
An Advent Prayer to End
“All powerful Father, we await the healing power of Jesus your son. Let us not be discouraged by our weakness. Help us to give your love to ALL we meet. Amen.”