Bulletin 25th December – Nativity of Christ
WEEKDAY MASSES: Mon-Thu at 8.00 am, Fri 7.40am and Saturday 8.00am
Weekday Public Holidays at 9.00am
New Mass Time Saturday evening Mass: 5.30pm.
Sat evening Confessions: 4.30-5.15pm
Saturday 5.30pm and Sunday 7.30am, 10.00am. The 3.00pm Mass is closed for the holidays until Sunday 15 Jan 2023.
CONFESSIONS: Saturday: 8.30–9.00 am, 4.30 pm-5.15 pm (new time), and anytime on request
READINGS: Nativity of Christ,
Cycle A: p. 116 in the Daily Missal and
p. 45 in the Sunday Missal.
NB. Please note that the Readings for this weekend will be the readings for “At the Mass during the night” and NOT “At the Mass during the day”, as per this weekend’s Catholic Link.
MARRIAGES: 6 months’ notice is required and the marriage preparation course is available online. Couples must make an appointment to see Fr Keith to book.
BAPTISMS: Parents and Godparents are required to attend the online preparation before the Sacrament is administered. Please contact the Parish Office to book.
Saturday, 24 December
5.30pm. Christmas Vigil Mass with the children of our parish. Come dressed as angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, Magi and bring a present for an underprivileged child.
9.30pm. Carol Service
10.00pm. ChristmasMass during the Night. (Midnight Mass will be at 10pm)
Sunday, 25 December
7.30am. Christmas Mass
10.00am. Christmas Mass
Please note: NO 3pm Mass
Monday, 26 December
9.00am. Mass (public holiday time)
Tuesday, 27 December
9.00am. Mass (public holiday time)
Wednesday, 28 December
Thursday, 29 December
Friday, 30 December
Saturday, 31 December
5.30pm. Mass – Mary, Mother of God
Sunday, 1 January
7.30am. Mass – Mary, Mother of God
10.00am. Mass – Mary, Mother of God (Please note: NO 3pm Mass)
Monday, 2 January9.00am. Mass (public holiday time
3.00pm Sunday Masses will resume on Sunday, 15 January 2023.
Christmas Present Drive: Thank you to all who have contributed 694 gifts already by 22/12/2022.
Congratulations to: Lerumo and Kananelo, son and daughter of John and Wendy Sebothoma who have recently been baptized.
Congratulations to Matthew Koster and Nadia Borello, who recently celebrated their Marriage at our Parish.
Please note the Repository will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve weekends.
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday 26/27 December (public holidays).
General notice: kindly ensure to take care of your personal belongings and to please not leave them unattended whilst in Church.
Vocation Reflection: A child is born for us; a son is given to us. Are we willing to proclaim the tidings of great joy to the world? (Luke 2:1-14)
Today we celebrate with joy the birth of Jesus. May we share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the Magi. May we open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift, and good desires with every greeting. May you have a Blessed and Holy Christmas.
God bless, Fr Keith
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BRYANSTON CATHOLIC CHURCH
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PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS:
as we celebrate your birth in this season of Christmas, we pray that you may be born anew in our hearts. Help us to see your face more clearly in our brothers and sisters
so that we can serve one another
with greater love and compassion.
Reflecting on the miracle of your birth,
may we rediscover the wonder and beauty of all human life, at every stage of existence.
May the peace of your presence
spread throughout the world this Christmas season. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
PRAYER FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA:
send forth your Spirit upon us the people of Southern Africa. May we hear anew the voice of Jesus Christ, inviting us to walk with him across the turbulent waters of our time: “Courage, it is I. Do not be afraid.” By the grace of the Holy Spirit empower us to bring comfort to the restless, hope to those who despair, healing to victims of violence, and reconciliation where there is division. May the Holy Spirit heal our families and communities. Grant us ethical and courageous leaders who put the good of the people before their own interest. We ask for your grace to guide us to speak the truth with courage, to act justly in all we do, to share with those in need and always and everywhere to respect your gift of life as we strive to proclaim the values of the Kingdom, in solidarity with all people of goodwill. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.