Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord – Holiday of obligation
11am Sung Mass Reg Lewis RIP
No 6pm Mass
Nativity of the Lord –
Holiday of obligation
00:00am Sung Mass For all attending St Mary’s
9:00am Low Mass Debbie O’Neil (sick)
11:00am Sung Mass Lilian Reay
No 6pm Mass
Please note: this year, Catholics must attend Holy Mass on TWO consecutive days: 1) the Mass of Sunday 24 (possibly anticipated on Saturday 23 evening if in the Ordinary form); and 2) the Mass of the Nativity on Monday 25 or anticipated the night before.
The obligation is not fulfilled when attending Holy Mass on one of the two days only.
We welcome Very Rev Fr John Berg, FSSP, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, our Celebrant at the 11am Solemn High Mass on Sunday 10 Dec. Fr Berg will attend the concert of sacred music on Sat. 16 Dec, 6pm: Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas and carols for Christmas by the Warrington Choral Society.
Congratulations to Allan Walker, who will be received into the Catholic Church on Sunday 17 December at St Mary’s. We assure him of our prayer and welcome him as our fellow-Catholic. He is the third adult becoming a Catholic at St Mary’s in the past two years, after Michael Meadows and Colin Holce. We admire their perseverance and courage, and we pray for many more to be inspired by their example. Anyone willing to discuss the possibility of becoming a Catholic is welcome to contact Fr de Malleray, regardless of their level of motivation and of how far they may currently be from the Catholic Church. There is room for everyone.
Music this Sunday (17 Dec) : Spatzenmesse W A Mozart ; Gaudete et laetare J Sweeelinck; Exsultabunt Sancti F Foggia ; Organ: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland J S Bach
Music next Sunday (24 Dec) : Missa de Angelis Gregorian
Advent 2017 at St Mary’s Shrine
Highlights – in addition to daily Masses & Confessions
Advent charitable effort: donate via St Mary’s to the Good Counsel Network, the wonderful (Catholic) charity advising and assisting mothers to keep their babies (www.goodcounselnet.co.uk). Unless clearly marked ‘Good Counsel Network’ or ‘Advent Offering’, your offering will serve to the running of St Mary’s shrine.
16 Dec at 6.00pm: Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas and carols for Christmas by the Warrington Choral Society, conducted by Michael Wynne.
17 Dec: Gaudete Sunday: 11am Solemn High Mass with Very Rev John Berg, FSSP as Celebrant
20 Dec, at 1pm: last Advent Spiritual Conference on the Motherhood of Our Lady (Music Room)
21 Dec at 7:30pm: Christmas Carol Service by St Mary’s Schola & Choristers
The truth from above R V Williams; Adam lay y bounden B Ord; For unto us is born a son G F Handel ; Gaudete et laetare J Sweeelinck ; Ne timeas, Maria T L da Victoria ; Frohlocket ihr Völker F Mendelssohn; Bogorodytse Dyevo S Rachmaninov; Hodie Christus natus est & Quem vidistis F Poulenc ; Magnum mysterium M Lauridsen ; Verbum caro factus est F L Hassler
24 Dec: 11am Sung Mass of the Vigil of the Nativity
[No 6:00pm Mass that Sunday]
11:30pm: Carols (followed by Midnight Mass)
Once in Royal David’s City ; Coventry Carol K Leighton; In dulci jubilo R L Pearsall ; Silent night ; O Little town of Bethlehem; Ave Maria F Biebl; O Radiant Dawn J Macmillan
25 Dec: Midnight Mass (or ‘in nocte’ – begins at 00.00am)
Missa “O magnum mysterium” T L da Victoria; Verbum caro factus est H L Hassler; O magnum mysterium M Lauridsen; Organ: Finale (VI) C M Widor
9am Low Mass ‘in aurora’
11am Sung Mass ‘in die’
Missa Sancti Nicholai F J Haydn ; Hodie Christus natus est F Poulenc ; Quem vidistis F Poulenc ; Organ: Final (I) L Vierne [No 6pm Mass]
Reminder: FSSP clergy do not retain Christmas and Easter collections for personal use. All Christmas collections will be used for the day-to-day running of St Mary’s Shrine (which includes the food, lodgings and salary of your priests).
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
St Mary's Music Christmas Cake Bake-Off!
In aid of St Mary's Music
Bake a Christmas cake and bring it along to the back of church before 10:30 this Sunday 17 Dec. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Roger, a seminarian from New Zealand in formation at our seminary in Bavaria, who will be with us this Christmas
Dowry Magazine Winter Issue available for free at back of church and online.
New Repository! At long last, we now have a proper space for Mass cards, good books, rosary beads etc.
Men wanted to transfer all stuff from Repository into Garage! Thank you.
Thank you for your prayers for the spiritual fruit of our Advent retreat in Pantasaph last weekend.
Family Catechism Day on Thursday, 21st December, with carols singing. Bring packed lunch, taken in common in the Priory, followed by activities for children and catechism sessions by Frs de Malleray and Loewenstein. Over thirty people attended the day last month. All families welcome.
Banns of marriage: Announced Wedding of John McDONAGH & Mary O'DONOGHUE, to take place at St Mary’s Shrine Church on 9 February 2018.
Please pray for the two engaged young adults.
Holy Communion Reminder:
To receive Holy Communion, one must be 1) a Roman Catholic 2) in state of grace (no grave sin unabsolved on one’s conscience) and 3) have fasted for at least one hour.
In the traditional Latin rite used at St Mary’s, Holy Communion is received kneeling (if one can), and in any case on the tongue: thank you very much in advance.
Please use the entire width of the Communion rail, from one wall of the church all the way to the opposite wall, avoiding any gaps. This will make distribution quicker. Thank you.
☞ Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444 a week to run and maintain. Please give generously!
Watch Holy Mass at St Mary’s daily on www.livemass.org. The Mass of the day can be watched for 24hrs and that of the Sunday for the entire week.