Weekly Bulletin 1st December 2019

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3rd DECEMBER FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

The Feast of St Francis Xavier will be celebrated at 11am Mass on Tuesday 3rd December.
St. Francis Xavier was born in the Castle of Xavier, in Northern Spain on April 7th, 1506, into a noble family and was the youngest of five children, His Father died when Francis was aged nine.
In 1525, Francis left home to pursue his studies at the University of Paris. He would never return home and would never see his family again.
It was in Paris that Francis met two other students who would have a huge influence on his life, Pierre Favre and Ignatius of Loyola. In 1534 Francis took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris, together with Ignatius and other companions. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time and was influential in evangelization work, most notably in India. He was the first Christian missionary to venture into Japan, Borneo, the Maluku Islands, and other areas. Xavier was about to extend his missionary preaching to China when he died on Shangchuan Island.
He was beatified by Pope Paul V on 25 October 1619 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV on 12 March 1622. Known as the “Apostle of the Indies” and “Apostle of Japan”, he is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since Saint Paul. In 1927, Pope Pius XI  named Saint Francis Xavier, along with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, co-patron of all foreign missions.

COLLECTIONS

Last week Collection: Church € 607 Share € 394.The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street), The red bag is for Share.
Thanks for your generosity!

GARDINER STREET CHURCH CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2019

Advent Evenings 7.30pm

Tuesday 26th November 
Tuesday 3rd December
Tuesday 10th December
Tuesday 17th December

see below for more details of Advent events …
 
Thursday 19th December
Gospel Choir Concert 8pm
 
Monday 23rd December
Masses as usual: 8.30m, 11am, 1pm
Confessions after the 11am Mass
 
Tuesday 24th December
Masses as usual: 8.30m, 11am, 1pm
Confessions after the 11am Mass
 
Tuesday 24th December: Christmas Eve
Family Mass:  6pm
Gospel Choir Mass: 8pm
Church Choir Mass:  10pm (Carols beforehand)
 
Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day
Masses:
9.15am
11.00am
11.45am (in Polish)
N.B. no 1.00pm Mass today
 
Thursday 26th December: St Stephen’s Day
Masses:11.00am -1pm
Sunday 29th December: The Holy Family
Vigil Mass: 6pm (Saturday)
Masses:9.15am-11:00am-12.30pm
No Gospel Choir Mass today

ADVENT TUESDAYS EVENINGS

Find the Joy of Jesus in peace and quietness as we prepare for Christmas. Join us here in Gardiner Street at 7:30 pm, starting on the 26th November
Each of the Sundays of Advent offers a theme to explore in preparation for Christmas: Being aware, Turning to God, Who is the one we are awaiting? Christ among us.
Afterwards there will be refreshments in the coffee room.

GUIDED PRAYER IN ADVENT

There is a limited number of places available for 4 weeks of guided prayer in Advent.
Meet a prayer guide once a week and receive help in preparation for Christmas.
No prior experience needed, just an open heart and willingness to learn.
Contact Fr. Gerry at 087 760 4717 or at gclarke@jesuit.ie
Available in English, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and French

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER APPEAL POSTPONED

We have decided to postpone the annual October/November Appeal as we will be launching a more ambitious appeal in the New Year. This appeal will seek to raise funds for major repair work on the exterior walls, roof and windows of the church.  Thank you for your patience and please consider the needs of Gardiner Street Church in the new year.  Thank you, Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ

COLLECTIONS

Last week Collection: Church € 468 Share € 314.The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street), The red bag is for Share.
Thanks for your generosity!

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir at ChristmasA GOSPEL CHRISTMAS AT GARDINER STREET!

On Thursday, December 19th, come to St. Francis Xavier’s Church for a feel-good evening of soulful festive cheer and your favourite Christmas songs featuring:
Gardiner Street Gospel Choir & Band
with support acts:
Gardiner Street Youth Gospel Choir
Holly Berry and the Christmas Lites
The Secret Jazz Band
There will also be some Christmas cake and other tasty homemade treats to ensure everyone goes home merry and bright!
Adults €15. Senior Citizens / Students €12. Under 12 FREE
Raising money on the night for the Peter McVerry Trust. Bookings:
http://tickets.thegsgc.com/thegsgc/a-gospel-christmas/discount/email
Tickets also available at the front desk at Gardiner Street.

Christmas Voices Concert PosterCHRISTMAS VOICES CONCERT:

In aid of Dogs Aid and Peter McVerry Trust
 
CHRISTMAS VOICES CONCERT  will be in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral on the 17th December at 7.30pm.  Performing on the night; Rod Hurley, Linda Martin, Cliona Hagan, Anna Kearney, St. Mary’s Continuum Choir along with organist Ronan Murray and accordionist Yvonne Chilton. Tickets cost €25 and available from Pro Cathedral’s parish office and www.eventbrite.ie- Tel: 01 8745441.

THE ‘GIVING TREE’

THE ‘GIVING TREE’ is an appeal for Toys/Gifts for people who are less fortunate. Last year, thousands of families in communities across Ireland celebrated Christmas with the help of St Vincent de Paul.  Please take part in the Giving Tree and donate gifts to make Christmas a little bit brighter for families who are struggling in our community.
  

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