Upcoming EVENTS

                                                                         T H E   S E A S O N  of    A D V E N T       

   The Feast of Christ the King marked the end of the liturgical year, and Advent, with preparation for the Birth of our Lord and Saviour, has now commenced.

                               The word Advent is from the Latin 'adventus' which means 'coming' and is associated with the 4 weeks of preparation for Christmas.

Since the 900s, Advent has been considered the beginning of the Church's year.

This does not mean that Christmas is the most significant event;  

Easter remains the most important time in the year.

The traditional colour during Advent is purple, which symbolises penance and preparation, not without Hope and Joy, breaking away from symbolic purple on the 3rd Sunday.

Prayers at the Lighting of Each Advent Candle  (Br Donal Sweeney)  

The candles of the Advent wreath recall for us the history of salvation. The four candles represent in turn the Patriarchs, the Prophets, John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through these chosen ones, God prepared the world for teh coming of his Son: "a light to enlighten the Gentiles and the Glory of his people Israel." As we light each candle we will pray together for the grace it represents.

Candle 1 (Representing the Patriarchs)

God of Abraham and Sarah, and the patriarchs of old, you are our Father too. The light of your love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ, Son of God and son of David. As we prepare to celebrate his birth, may your Holy Spirit make our hearts a place where he can dwell. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

                        2ns Week of Advent, Lighting of Candle 2





              St Mary of the Angels, Athlone:      

Friday 7th December: Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass. Rosary at the grotto at 19.15, followed with Mass at 19.30

Tuesday 11th December: Pennitential Service at 19.30


NOTE: Christmas Holiday Period Mass times as follows                                                                            Weekly Morning Mass: 9h00 from Mon 17th December until Wednesday 9th January 2019.          Saturday Mass:17h30, as usual                                                                                                                      Sunday Mass: 9h00, from Sunday 23 December until 6th January 2019. No 10h30 Mass during this time.                                                                                                                   


                                  St Theresa's Welcome Estate: 

Please note that there will be no penitential service this year. Regular practice of confession is encouraged. Confessional times are 6pm -7pm every Thursday during Advent (6th,13th &20th December) in the Church.

Christmas Mass Times:                                                                                                                     Monday 24th December: No 8.30 am Mass. Christmas Vigil with Carols starting at 10pm, followed by Christmas Vigil Mass at 10.45 pm.                                                                                             Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Day. There is only one Mass at 9am.                           Wednesday 26 December: Day of  Goodwill. Mass at 9.00 am 


         Immaculate Conception Parish, Parow: