Advent & Christmas 2020
All the details about the activities, Masses and services planned in our parish for Advent and Christmas can be found below.
Blessing of Advent Wreaths
Bring in your Advent wreaths to be blessed by Father.
Advent Wreath in the Church (every week in Advent)
Our Advent wreath on the altar in the church reminds us of our journey through Advent. At the start of each Advent weekend Mass, a family is invited to light a candle on the wreath and lead a prayer. We pray for HOPE, PEACE, JOY, LOVE
THE STORY OF THE WORLD WAITING FOR THE CHRIST,
WITH CAROLS & BENEDICTION
15 Dec at 6:00 pm
This year we are combining two celebrations from last year into one (Peace service and History of Salvation and Carols). In this service we will gather around to listen to and to relive the story of our salvation with beautiful readings and music carols. This is our tradition, the rich heritage of our magnificent faith. To listen to our ancient history is to hear the greatest story ever told – and it is our story. This is our Catholic culture that has been passed on to us over the ages, of which we are a part and one that we will pass on to those who come after us.
The service will end with Benediction.
Please help us to comply with Covid safety protocols by booking. Go to MASS BOOKINGS on our website (bookings open THREE DAYS) in advance.
ST. ANDREW'S CHRISTMAS NOVENA
30 Nov - Christmas Eve, 15x daily
Starts on November 30, St Andrew' feast day.
Prayed 15 times a day. Ends at Christmas.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle's feast day, November 30, this beautiful prayer (novena) is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. It is a very meditative and persistent prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.
St. Andrew was the first apostle to follow Jesus (along with his brother, Simon Peter) and the first Sunday of Advent always falls on the Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s feast day of November, 30. After Andrew met Jesus he ran home saying he had found the Messiah! He led his brother to Jesus and he leads us too to the Christmas crib saying ‘Here is the Messiah’. We will say this very traditional and much loved novena.
This prayer to St. Andrew is traditionally known as the Christmas Novena and there are two ways to pray it. Both start on November 30th, St. Andrew’s feast day, each ends at a different time:
Pray it like a normal 9-day novena: and it ends on December 8th, the feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, and there is no better way to end the novena than with Mass.
Pray it the traditional way, as St. Andrew’s Christmas novena: and it lasts the duration of Advent, ending on Christmas Eve. This way, it is used as preparation for the Lord’s birth and the joyous Christmas Season.
In each case, the St. Andrew Novena prayer is said 15 times a day. You can use a special 15-bead St. Andrew Chaplet to keep track. Of course, if you don’t have the special beads, a rosary works just as well: simply start 5 beads into a decade, pray the remaining five and the full length of the next decade. Just skip over the “Glory Be/Our Father” bead in between.
Both forms of the novena are associated with special intercession from St. Andrew on behalf of your intention for any cause.
Gaudete Sunday 3rd Sunday of Advent
Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful tradition that was started by Pope St. John Paul II, celebrated on Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Families bring their baby Jesus figurines from their Nativity scenes to Mass to be blessed by Father.
SACARAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Confession is by Appointment but during Advent Confession will also be available on
SATURDAYS at 4:30 – 5:15 pm AND WEDNESDAYS at 5:00 – 5:30 pm.
Confession will be in the garden with appropriate social distance.
SUMMARY OF SCHEDULE
1st WEEK OF ADVENT
Advent Candle 1 - HOPE
Blessing of Advent wreaths
Start St Andrew's Novena
29 November (9:00 am): Advent Wreath making / Collect Advent Chains / Blessing of wreaths
2nd WEEK OF ADVENT
Advent Candle 2 - PEACE
Return of BAGS OF LOVE
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6 December (9:00 am): CHILDREN'S MASS / Nativity Collectibles Wk1
3rd WEEK OF ADVENT
Advent Candle 3 - JOY
15 December at 6:00 pm:
The story of the world waiting for the Christ with Carols & Benediction
Public Holiday / Day of Reconciliation
12/13 December: Sunday School activities at Mass / Nativity Collectibles Wk2 / Bambinelli Sunday
4th WEEK OF ADVENT
Advent Candle 4 - LOVE
24 December at 8:00 am
Daily Mass on normal schedule
End of St. Andrew Christmas Novena
19/20 December (Masses): Sunday School activities at Mass/ Nativity Collectibles Wk3
24 DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS EVE
5:00 pm - Vigil Mass
(note time change)
(NO Live stream, public worship)
8:00 pm - "Midnight" Mass
(NO Live stream, Public Worship)
25 DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS DAY
9:00 am - Christmas Morning Mass
(Live stream & Public Worship)
FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES
Booking for all the Christmas Masses (24/25 Dec) will be available online from
THURS, 10 DECEMBER AT 12:00 NOON.
Please go to the MASS BOOKINGS by clicking on the below link to make your booking. Please call the Parish office if any questions.
A special request: Because space is limited due to the safety restrictions we are required to take, we ask everyone please to book only what you need and to consider others. If you cannot make a Mass for any reason, please ake effort effort to cancel your booking so that others can take your place. You can CANCEL your booking directly in Eventbrite or please call the Office.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Parish Office CALL 021 794 5185 or