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remembrance poppy10th November - Remembrance Sunday


17th November - World Day of Prayer for the Poor.  Pope Francis’s theme for the World Day of Prayer is: “THE HOPE OF THE POOR SHALL NOT PERISH FOR EVER”.   For details and resources, please use this link: www.csan.org.uk.


23rd November - (Pre-) Advent Reflection Day - "The Bible as a prayer book - Jesus as a teacher of prayer". At St Josephs, Gerrards cross, 10:30- 3:30. More here


23rd November -A workshop on Catholic Leadership, at St Mary’s, Woburn Sands, 10am - 3pm  This is for any parishioners in leadership positions in a parish who cold be encouraged to broaden their role, or for new people coming forward through the Pastoral Area Reflection Days.  It can be very different leading in a church situation, and we will cover topics such as confident leadership, building a team and dealing with conflict.  The day is free, but places are limited, so please book in advance via http://formationpathways.co.uk/event/leadership-workshop/.  


24th November - (Sunday) - Solemnity of Christ the King - last Sunday of the Church's year. Also National Youth Sunday. Bishop Peter says: "National Youth Sunday represents an opportunity to explicitly recognise young people as a gift to the Church and affirm their contribution in the life of the local and universal Church. It also provides parishes with an opportunity to focus on the role of young people in the Sunday liturgy and in parish life. Most importantly, it is a chance to pray for and alongside young people.   The theme is ‘Significance’ taken from Christus Vivit: “For him, you have worth; you are not insignificant. You are important to him, for you are the work of his hands. That is why he is concerned about you and looks to you with affection” (CV, 115).   All resources for National Youth Sunday are online at: www.nationalyouthsunday.com.   The National Youth Sunday is also an opportunity to thank God for the good work of NYMO with our young people."



red-lit Westminster Abbey27th November - "Red Wednesday" - a day organised by Aid to the Church in Need to make a visible witness (red lighting of the church, or red clothing or banners) to acknowledge the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. 


advent wreath30th November - Autism Awareness Day, at Woburn Sands, 10am-2:30pm.  Book a place via Lorraine Elks, 01604 723516

1st December - First Sunday of Advent, beginning of a new liturgical year.  Readings of Cycle A (Matthew) begin. Psalter cycle re-sets to Week 1.  Pastoral Letter for the Year of the word


ballot box cartoon12th December (Thurs)- General Election date. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to whom we pray for harmony and wisdom.

 

15th December, "Gaudete Sunday", Third Sunday in Advent, when the pentitential/fasting character of Advent is relaxed, symbolised by rose-coloured vestments (if available ) and a pink candle on the Advent wreath. 



24th December (Tues.) - Christmas Eve ; "Midnight Masses " and other evening Vigils of the Nativity.


Christmas crib and altar25th December (Wed.) - Christmas Day, the Feast of the Nativity.  Holy Day of Obligation. 

26th December - Feast of St Stephen. "Boxing Day".. Pulblic holiday



28th December (Sat'y ) - Feast of the Holy Innocents


29th December (Sun.) - Feast of the Holy Family



31st December - (Tues.) - New Year's Eve


1st January 2020 - Feast of Mary, Mother of God. World Day of Prayer for Peace.   Public holiday

   
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