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 website:www.holylandartsmuseum.org.)
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)