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Parish Hampers

The Parish John Paul II Award Group is collecting for Christ...

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SVDP Annual Collection

St Vincent de Paul Annual Collection will be taken up next w...

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Parish Carol Service

Join the Chaplains of Altnagelvin Hospital and the Hospital ...

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Feast of Immaculate Conception

Mass times for Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday...

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Advent Devotions

will take place each Sunday during Advent at 6:00pm in St Co...

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Confirmation Dates 2017

Confirmation Dates 2017 - Bishop Donal McKeown will be with ...

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First Communion 2017

29th April                Oakgrove PS, St Columb’s Church   ...

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POPE FRANCIS go to confession

Pope Francis: Be courageous, go to confession   During his...

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Baptism Team

Baptism Preparation Team Baptism is a time of celebration a...

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Parishes of Glendermott & Strathfoyle

Saint Columb's Church, Chapel Road   Saint Oliver Plunkett Church, Strathfoyle   Church of the Immaculate Conception, Trench Road   Saint Mary's Oratory, Newbuildings

*** The Season of ADVENT ***

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia

the Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.)

The Advent wreath is a circle, of evergreens, made in various sizes.These candles represent the four weeksof Advent. The fifth candle represents
the birth of Christ.

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On this, the third Sunday of Advent, the liturgy invites us to remember with joy the saving presence of God in our midst. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3). Some of the ingredients of Christian joy emerge from the ministry of John the Baptist. Basic to this joy is the conviction that God loves each one uniquely

Secure in that conviction, John was courageous in preaching a message that called for radical change. He set out very challenging standards in the areas of justice and integrity of life. Solidly earthed in the knowledge of God’s personal love for him, John had the capacity to handle rejection and misunderstanding, threats and suffering, sure that a gracious God was sustaining him. Knowing God’s love in a personal way is essential for true Christian joy

.Another ingredient in that joy is forgiveness, reconciliation. John presented his message of conversion with urgency and with passion. He disturbed the complacency and often the peace of his hearers as well, but he did it in order that they might find peace at a deeper level.

The gospel today highlights ways where Jesus widens our horizons. He opens our eyes so that new insights can take hold. The Kingdom of God grows slowly. Eyes of faith are needed in order to notice its presence. Jesus brings about the transformation that Isaiah longs for in today’s first reading. Alertness to the wonder of this transformation brings joy. When John is unsure it is the word of Jesus and the signs of his active presence that restore his confidence.

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