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We treasure our heritage as Catholic Christians within the Church of England. Worship at S Giles has been called "intensely joyful," "beautifully solemn" and "a visceral taste of genuine holiness."
We believe in the Christian faith as it has been handed down to us in all of its fullness: the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. We strive to be faithful to Christ in our worship & our lives.
Every Sunday we have a Sunday School programme for children, and regular confirmation classes. Our youth also have an important role serving at the altar.
THIS SUNDAY MORNING
We welcome The Rt Rev'd Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, to Celebrate the holy Mass and preach.
Notices & Events
THIS SUNDAY EVENING
We will be having an Advent lessons and carols service at 18.30. It is a wonderful way of beginning the season of preparation for Christmas.
Monday, 9th December, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will be celebrating a Mass with Hymns at 7.30pm.
Advent 3 - Prize Sunday!
Advent 3 will be our annual Prize Sunday for our Sunday School.
Parish Christmas Lunch
The Parish lunch has been arranged at the Premier Inn for Sunday 22nd December. Cost £20; 3 courses including tea or coffee afterwards. Kids' Menu for Parish lunch now only £5 for 3 course lunch. Menu for choices available today – organiser; Sylvia Gooding.
Bible Study Group. Our Friday bible study continues at 1130, followed by mass at 1230. Newcomers always welcome!
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Anticipating the End.
The 1st Sunday in Advent
We all know what it feels like when we expect a friend to come whom we haven't seen for some time, and he or she delays. The Lord Jesus expects us to watch in great anticipation for the most important event of all – his return in glory at the end of history. The prophets foretold the coming of the Lord when he shall judge between the nations and decide for many peoples (Isaiah 2:5). The Advent season reminds us that as Christians we are always living in anticipation of the end of history. The end began with the first coming of Christ (his Incarnation which we celebrate at Christmas) and culminates in his final return on the Day of Judgment.
Jesus spoke of his return in glory at the end of time as a for certain fact. Jesus' audience understood the title, Son of Man, as referring to the Messianic prophecy of the Annointed King who comes to establish an everlasting kingdom over the earth (Daniel 7:13). While the second coming is for certain, the time is unknown. The Lord's judgment comes swiftly and often unexpectedly. Jesus warns his listeners to not be caught off guard when that day arrives. It will surely come in God's good time!
Tuesday - S Francis Xavier
18.00 Low Mass
10.30 Low Mass
19.30 Vespers and Benediction
11.30 Bible Study
12.30 Low Mass
Saturday - S Ambrose
10.00 Low Mass
2nd Sunday of Advent
10.30 Parish Mass & Sunday School
18.00 Low Mass
"Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope. It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."
-- Benedict XVI
Message from Raymond Head
“Ten days or so ago I met up with Barbara Walsh in Wantage, where she now lives, and took her by car to join up with Eric and Jennifer Davis, who now live in Royston. We all had a very enjoyable lunch together. They all looked very well, especially Jennifer, who has had a bad time with her health for some time. She is now named on our prayer list. Over lunch we discussed the times when we were all together at St Giles. All of them miss St Giles greatly. They particularly asked that I convey their very best wishes to anyone at St Giles who remembers them. I shall continue to keep in touch."