2019 4th Sunday Advent Year A

December 19, 2019

Parish Bulletin

 

In the last days leading to Christmas, Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis during the Wednesday General Audience to how we prepare for the coming of the Lord. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In these last days of Advent, we do well to ask ourselves: How am I preparing for the birth of Jesus?  One way to prepare for Christmas is to set up a nativity scene in our homes, churches and public spaces, a lovely tradition that began with Saint Francis of Assisi.  The Christmas crèche is a kind of living Gospel, a touching reminder that the Lord showed his love for us by being born as one of us, in order to share in our daily lives, hopes and concerns.  The name Bethlehem, which means “house of bread”, and the image of the manger, evoke the meals which we share as families, and the centrality of Jesus, the living bread come down from heaven, in our family life.  In this world of frenetic activity, the Christmas crèche also encourages us to pause and contemplate what is truly important in life.  Everything in the nativity scene speaks of the harmony and peace that only Christ the Saviour can bring to our lives and to our world.  As we gaze upon the lowly scene of Jesus’ birth, let us invite him into our hearts, so that each new day can bring spiritual rebirth and preserve in us the joy of Christmas.

The Southern Cross website – remember to get your copy after Mass!

The Angelus

Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to pray at 6am, noon and 6pm. Alternatively, download the Angelus App (set the times that you would like to be reminded in settings):
Angelus App on Android    or    Praying the Angelus by Magnificat  on iphones

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2 Comments

  1. GRAHAM RICHARDSON

    Dear Ann

    Gaile and I would like to thank you most sincerely for all that you do for us and the whole Parish. It is great to receive the Bulletin and all the information that to send to us each week.

    We wish you and all your family a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy, Peaceful and Happy New Year for 2020.

    Graham Richardson

    • Ann Pearton

      Thank you for the feedback, Graham. Good to know that the effort that William Nettmann and I put in is appreciated.
      Wishing you a blessed, healthy and happy 2020
      God bless, Ann