The week ahead from Sunday November 28th Advent Sunday
We extend a very warm welcome to you this coming Advent Sunday to share with us in the celebration of our Parish Mass at 9:00AM
Fr Michael is our celebrant and Fr Paul our preacher. Sunday School takes place in the Hall.
Please join us for Coffee after Mass in the Hall after Mass.
Today we begin the Advent season and a new liturgical year. This Advent we begin Cycle C of Mass readings, which focuses on the Gospel of St Luke.
Advent is a time of preparation. In fact, the word “Advent” comes from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The name tells us what the season is about. It is a preparation for the “coming” of Jesus at Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus—the first coming of Jesus.
Advent is also a preparation time for the “second coming” of Jesus at the end of time. We believe that Jesus will one day “come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,” as we profess in the Nicene Creed. Advent is a time to be reminded of that fact and prepare. Thus, we see the theme of the end times and the return of Jesus in all the Advent readings. We will especially see this in today’s Gospel.
Today’s second reading also references the Second Coming of Jesus. The Apostle Paul calls us to “be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.” The way to prepare for Jesus’ return, therefore, is to grow in holiness. This means conforming our lives more and more to the will of God. It means growing in love, for the Apostle Paul’s prayer is that we would “increase and abound in love.” The more we grow in love, the more we grow in holiness, for God is love. Love is an action. It involves willing the good of others and obeying God’s commands. The Christian life is really all about love, as properly understood. Thus, to prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming, along with preparing to celebrate His first coming at Christmas, let us all seek to love God and others more faithfully this Advent.
Due to the increase of cases of Corona Virus within our congregation, we are gently encouraging the use a face covering if possible.
Can you help us support two very worthwhile charity initiatives? We are asking for toiletries or feminine hygiene products. There is a large container in the hall for your donations. Also, there is now a regular container in Church every week for you to make Food Bank donations which will go direct to our local Food Bank in Ramsgate.
The people of St Andrew’s in Deal invite you to join them for their Patronal Festival on Tuesday November 30th at 7:00PM for a special Mass with guest preacher Bishop Richard LLewellin.
Refreshments will be served after Mass.
Holy Trinity Christmas Fayre – Saturday December 4th 2pm – 4pm. Stalls, Food, Raffle, and plenty of Christmas Cheer! We urgently need Cakes, Jams, Cookies and Children’s toys and good quality Bric- a -Brac. Can you offer help to staff a stall ?
A Christmas Brass Concert at Holy Trinity. Join us for a fun filled evening of music for the Christmas season with a brass ensemble and light refreshments. In Church on Friday 10th December at 7pm. Tickets on the door at £7. Bring all your friends.
Christmas Services 2021
December 12th Christingle Service preceded by Workshop to make the Christingles at 3:00PM and Service at 3:45PM. At this service Fr Paul will tell the Christmas story with Chocolate!
Sunday, December 19th. Festival of Lessons and Carols 3:00PM followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.
Christmas Eve: The First Mass of Christmas at 9:00pm. (There is a Midnight Mass at St Andrew’s in Deal for those who want the later Mass).
Christmas Day. Sung Mass of Christmas Day with Carols at 10:00am.
We invite you to join us every Friday morning from 10:30AM we serve free Coffee and Tea. Everyone is very welcome. You are also invited to join us for the Mass at 12 Noon with music.