Weekly Bulletin December 9th 2018

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This year Explore the true Meaning of Advent in Scripture and Prayer.  Find the Joy of Jesus In Peace and Quietness as we Prepare for Christmas.
Join us here in St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street to take time out this Advent
+ Thursday 13th December
+ Wednesday 19th December
7.30 pm – 9pm in Gardiner Street Church


Reading this Advent

As an encouragement to embrace the Spirit of Advent, This weekend we will have a number of Advent books with daily reflections and prayers for sale at the back of the Church.


The ‘Giving Tree’

The ‘Giving Tree’ is an appeal for Toys/Gifts for Children who are less fortunate. This year Our Parish will link up with the Saint Vincent de Paul. Last year, thousands of families in communities across Ireland celebrated Christmas with the help of St Vincent de Paul. Unfortunately, this year even more people need your support. Please take part in the Giving Tree and donate gifts to make Christmas that little bit brighter for children and families who are struggling in our community.  It’s an opportunity for children themselves to give!



The winter clothing appeal has been a great success, David Moriarty, Assistant Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service was delighted with the response and has sent his thanks to all who donated. Over 4 trolley loads (and more arriving) were handed over to JRS and will be distributed to refugees in Direct Provision over the next few weeks.


Parish Office has a large selection of Christmas Cards, Calendars, and Seasonal Gifts. The Office also has a varied range of Jesuit Publications, magazines and books on Ignatian Spirituality which would make an ideal present for Christmas. 


Collections,Last week’s Collections, Church €636, Share €99 Thank you. The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street)


Sadly, Seamus Buckley will be leaving us after many years of service here at Gardiner Street.  Always a happy face welcoming at the back of the Church.  After the 6pm Vigil Mass we will be wishing him well with a few extra treats and tea.  Please come along to wish him well.


Join the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir on Thursday 20th December in St Francis Xavier’s Church on Gardiner Street for a festive celebration like no other! Hosted by the renowned Gardiner Street Gospel Choir in collaboration with the Gardiner Street Junior Gospel Choir and some very special guests, attendees will be treated to THE ultimate toe-tapping, sing-along Christmas celebration of the year. And YES there will be cake and other festive treats to make sure everyone goes home merry and bright 🙂
Donations on the night go to the Peter McVerry Trust
Grab your tickets at www.thegsgc.com Tickets also available at the front desk at Gardiner Street (To the left of the Church up the steps and into the left)


BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT The death of someone close touches us to the core and leaves us hurt and wounded.  A Bethany group offers a listening ear and help on the road of bereavement.  Individual support can also part of it.
The Bethany Support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.  Next meeting Wednesday December 11th


MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCT 2019: 7 nights B&B and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €279 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com.

Monastic City in Glendalough: Come and join St. Kevin’s choir and the community of Glendalough for a Carol Service in the ancient Cathedral.  Meeting at the steps of the monastic site at 7.15pm to walk to the Cathedral for 7.30pm start on Tuesday 18 December 2018.  Refreshments afterwards in the Glendalough Hotel.


Knock Pilgrimage 2018 The Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock, to be led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, will take place on Saturday, April 27 2019.  Full programme and other details to follow.  For queries, email: knockpilgrimage@dublindiocese.ie