Monday, December 11, 2017

Advent 2: Art and Faith

This Sunday we listened to the first of two readings which focus on John the Baptist who came to tell the people (and in listening to the readings, us) to prepare the way for the Lord.

His message is for all people, young and old.  Listen to this video to hear more about the link with those who climb the trees to someone who in years to come would climb a tree to see Jesus. 

And the river, a reminder of the waters of baptism ... how are you living out your baptismal promises?

Readings for Sunday Advent 3
Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 I exult for joy in the Lord
Luke 1: 46-5-, 53-54: My soul rejoices in my God
1st letter to Paul 5: 16-24 May you all be kept safe, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of the Lord.
Alleliua, alleuia The spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor. Alleliua

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Advent 2: Peace

A word cloud of the word PEACE made up of other words related to Peace
2nd candle on our Advent wreath a reminder of peace
Today the children have thought about how they will bring God's peace to their families.

Prayer for Week 2: Stay Awake - PEACE
Help us as we journey through advent. Let there be peace shared amongst us. Amen

The children will be thinking about how they can help prepare a way for the coming of the Lord.

The video below will help remind them of the story of John the Baptist. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CAFOD Advent reflection

CAFOD Advent reflection
Come Lord Jesus: Maranatha

St Thomas More at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th December

All welcome
We are invited to think of people on the move, remembering the journey through the desert by the people of Israel, and of Joseph and Mary who had to travel to Bethlehem, we remember all those who are forced to leave their home. 

This year CAFOD have an interactive advent calendar.

And for personal prayer and reflection a Litany of the Word with refrain Maranatha.

Date for your diary
We will also be talking about plans for Gospel Sharing group next year.  New regular time will be 2nd Thursday of each month.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Feast of St Nicholas

Today is the feast of St Nicholas. Listen to the St Nicholas Feast Day hymn, and short reflection for adults highlighting his humility and example of thinking of others (see below).

For adults and key stage 2 children and above a chance to learn more about the life of St Nicholas and how he showed he was a follower of Jesus by giving to the poor.

For younger parishioners

Monday, December 4, 2017

Advent 1: Art and Faith

Each Monday we'll be posting a short video from the Loyola Art and Faith series, these short videos offer a reflection on a painting that links to the Gospel reading of the Sunday and a message throughout Advent.  

We'll also put details of the reading for the following Sunday which you may like to take time to reflect upon during this time of preparation.

What are you searching for?  
Can you take a few moments to keep watch for those in need who you may see each day?

Readings for Sunday Advent 2
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Prepare a way for the Lord
Psalm 84: Let us see, O Lord your mercy and give us your saving help
2nd letter to Peter 3: 8-14 We are waiting for the new heavens and the new earth
Alleliua, alleuia Prepare a way for the Lord make his paths straight, and all mankind shall see the salvation of our God, Alleliua

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Advent 1: Hope

During the season of Advent the children will be thinking about the themes linked to each of the four candles on the advent wreath.  This week they are thinking and praying about Hope.

Week 1: Stay Awake - HOPE
Help us as we journey through advent. Help us to share our hope with our friends and family. Amen

They will be given an advent calendar from Mission Together which offers faith focused ideas for preparing for the coming of Jesus our Emmanuel.  We'll also be featuring some videos and activities, check out on Wednesday and see whose feast day it is.

We will also be singing the following song which you may want to sing with your children.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Happy New Year

No we aren't a month early, we are wishing you a Happy New Year as we start the new church year, which begins with the season of Advent.  

There are lots of traditions and customs linked to advent ... advent calendars, wreaths, ... O'antiphons and opportunities to take time to reflect and prepare for Jesus' birth at Christmas by going to confession, taking time to come to vespers (evening prayer) Sunday at 4.30pm, or attending CAFOD reflection and Gospel sharing at St Thomas More Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm.  There are also a host of Christmas events which we'll publicise in the coming weeks.

So what is advent all about .... an updated video explaining all in 2 minutes!