December 2, 2019

Advent at St Gabriel’s

Sermons at the 9.30 am Solemn Mass each Sunday in Advent

The Icons of Advent : Prepare a Way for the Lord

Advent 1 – December 1
The icon of Moses & the burning bush

Advent 2 – December 8
The icon of Elijah the prophet, the forerunner

Advent 3 – December 15
The icon of John the Baptist, the winged messenger

Advent 4 – December 22
The icon of Our Lady of the Burning Bush

Swansea Bach Choir Christmas Concert
Sunday 8 December, 3.00 p.m. at St Gabriel’s

Parish Christmas Lunch
Monday 16 December, 12.30 p.m.

Brynmill School Carol Service
Tuesday 17 December, 1.30 p.m.

Christmas Candles from Bethlehem
Beeswax candles from Bethlehem an olive wood Christmas tree decorations, including a new design-angel holding the star of Bethlehem, from the shop of our Palestinian Christian friends, Joseph & Mary Giacaman.  (You can visit their
Also on sale Pax Christi recipe books, A Taste for Peace (selling at half price!).
All in aid of our Christmas Appeal.  Please buy generously.

Gifts for the Homeless
Please gift wrap and label (male or female; M or F) gifts of clothing: scarves, gloves,
hats, jumpers etc and leave them at the Christmas tree in church.

ACS Devotional Booklet for Advent: On Angels’ Wings
A short bible reading, prayer and meditation for each day in Advent to help us prepare for our celebration of Our Lord’s birth at Christmas.  On sale in church, £1.40

A Christmas Happening
Saturday 21 December, 10.00 a.m.
Christmas tree decoration; crib; christingles; floral decorations; mince pies and coffee.

Christmas Appeal 2019
Wi-Am Conflict Resolution Centre, Bethlehem, Christmas Smiles Programme.  Our appeal is once again for the Christmas Smiles programme working with traumatised children in Bethlehem.  Please be generous in supporting the wonderful work done at Wi-Am and help to bring smiles to the faces of young Palestinian children this Christmas.

 Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confessions before Christmas.  A priest will be available in church (Lady Chapel),
9.00-9.30 a.m. Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve) or by appointment.


Christmastide at St Gabriel’s

Tuesday 24 December (Christmas Eve  VigiI)
 6.00 p.m.  Candlelit Carol service and Benediction

 Wednesday 25 December     The Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Day
9.30 a.m.  Blessing of the Crib and Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Nativity

Thursday 26 December          St Stephen, martyr   10.00 a.m.  Mass

Friday 27 December   St John the Evangelist   6.30 p.m.  Mass

Saturday 28 December          The Holy Innocents   9.00 a.m.  Mass

Sunday 29 December Christmas 1
9.30 a.m.  Solemn Mass

Monday 30 December           St Thomas of Canterbury (transferred)   6.30 p.m.  Mass

Tuesday 31 December           6th day in the Octave of Christmas   10.00 a.m.  Mass

Wednesday 1 January 2020   Mary, Mother-of-God – Octave day of Christmas
10.00 a.m.  Mass

Friday 3 January         6.30 p.m.  Mass

Saturday 4 January    9.00 a.m.  Mass

Sunday 5 January      The Epiphany of Our Lord
9.30 a.m.  Procession, prayers at the Crib and Solemn Mass
(Wine and mince pies after Mass)



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