In today’s Gospel we hear the prophet John the Baptist being asked a profound stewardship question: “What should we do?” Each group wants to know the appropriate response to John’s call; each reply points to how they should treat others. John does not simply say, “Be baptized.” Rather, he points them to their jobs and personal relationships. John’s message is simple: judgment is near, and repentance includes treating others well. We should be willing to share what we have with those in need. To listen to John the Baptist is to be called to account. Do I give only of my excess, or am I the good steward who is willing to sacrifice in order to help others?
Bible Verse to Remember:
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 [John3:16].
“We Christians are called to safeguard and spread the joy of waiting: we await God who loves us infinitely and at the same time we are awaited by Him. In this way, life becomes a great betrothal,”
The Joy Candle:
Today we light the third candle of the Advent. The 3rd Sunday in Advent is Gaudete Sunday (from the Latin meaning “rejoice”) which is taken from Philippians 4:4-5, the Entrance Antiphon of the day.
If you are going away please take an envelope this weekend and use it for Fr Antony’s Christmas offering.
…this year goes to ‘The Catholic Children’s Society’.
The Southwark Spirituality Commission and Stewardship Team are offering short daily Advent Reflections, which will be delivered to your inbox. Click: http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/
Home Visit by Fr Antony
If you would like Fr Antony to visit your home and bless your family then please complete a form which can be found in the Grotto Corner and online in the section "Forms" . Please note that the preferred date and time may not be available sometimes because of the number of requests he has been receiving.
DECK THE HALLS
The Filipino community will be decorating the tree in the church today at 2.30pm and this will be followed by refreshments in Hartley Hall
Readers and Extraordinary Ministers Christmas Rotas.
Please sign up for ONE of the Christmas and New Year Masses. The sheet is located on the table near the Lourdes Grotto. Remember if you are ever unable to fulfil your commitment you should contact someone and arrange cover.
Christmas gathering. All welcome.
Quiet space, book swap, art materials and traditional games for anyone who would like to join in. Also, small table sale 5.30pm-8pm.
ALTAR SERVER’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Saturday 22nd December 3pm-4pm in Hartley Hall
Please add your name to the list in the Sacristy if you intend to be present for catering purposes.
YSVP CHRISTMAS DINNER
NEXT SATURDAY (22ND Dec) 7.30-9.30pm.
Tickets now available after Mass this weekend for anyone aged 11-18. £4 for a 3 course Christmas dinner, raffle,games,quiz and secret santa present. Please see one of the YSVP helpers on the door or call Phil on 07894058489.
CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT
…on Sunday 23rd December at 4pm in the church. Come and sing praises then have a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie in the hall afterwards.
Christmas Mass times
Family Mass - 5pm
Mass of the vigil of Nativity - 7pm
Christmas carols - 11 pm
Midnight Mass - 12 midnight
Christmas day Masses - 10am and 11.30 am
For the Family Mass, kindly dress your children up like shepherds or any other characters of the crib please. They will be gathered in front of the altar during homily.
New Year  thanksgiving service and Mass
At the end of the year 2018, we are going to spend an hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament in our parish to thank and praise for all God’s blessing. Holy Mass will begin at midnight to welcome the new year in a prayerful atmosphere. All welcome.
16th December - Decorating the tree in the church 3pm
Friday 21st December – Penitential Service 7pm
Saturday 22nd December 7.15pm Youth SVP Dinner
Sunday 23rd December Carol Concert 4pm followed by seasonal refreshments in Hartley Hall
Sunday 27th January 5pm Memorial Mass for Fr John Mulligan