This week at St. Michael's

Please come along to St. Michaels and collect a bulletin from the porch of the church
which will detail all masses and intentions for the coming week.

3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday
16th December 2018


First Zephaniah 3:14-18a
The Lord will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival.

Psalm Isaiah 12: 2-6
Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Sec ond Philippians 4:4-7
The Lord is very near.

Gospel Luke 3:10-18
What must we do?

This Sunday's Gospel continues last week's focus on John the Baptist and his role in preparing the way for Christ. Recall that last week's reading described John's appearance in the desert and established his connection with the prophetic tradition of Israel. If we were to read Luke's Gospel continuously, we would learn about John the Baptist challenging the crowds who came to him and calling upon them to show evidence of their repentance. John tells his listeners that they cannot rely on their lineage as Israelites because children of Abraham can be raised up from stones. Repentance, rather, must be observable in one's actions. Here, Luke is continuing to set up two important themes of his Gospel message: the Christian faith is expressed in one's actions, and the call to salvation is extended to everyone, Jews and Gentiles.
In today's Gospel reading, the crowds ask John the Baptist for specifics. What evidence of repentance is required? John replies by naming concrete actions: crowds should share their food and cloaks; tax collectors should be just; soldiers should act fairly. The concern for justice is a hallmark of Luke's Gospel.
When the crowd begins to wonder if John the Baptist might be the Messiah, John interprets his baptism and makes it clear that his ministry is in preparation for the Messiah. John the Baptist knows his place and role in God's plan of salvation. By encouraging the crowd to act similarly in accordance with their stations in life, John's teaching suggests that each person has a role to play in God's salvation. It is the great mystery of our salvation that God permits and even asks for human cooperation in his divine plans.
The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” This name is taken from the entrance antiphon for Sunday's Mass, which is also echoed in today's second reading from the Paul's letter to the Philippians. Some people mark this Sunday by lighting a pink candle instead of a purple one on their Advent wreath. It is a reminder that the Advent season is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.

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Mass Intentions and Ministries

This information is updated from the bulletin.
PLEASE check with the church directly for up to date times of masses.

Saturday 15th December

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

6.00pm Private Intention

R &BP: Group B
SM: Group 2 B4
Servers: T Higgins &
O Smith, M Thompson

Sunday 16th December

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by
by N Finnigan,
L Ritchie & S Walker


12noon Baptism of
Elijah Joseph Burdon

R & BP: Group B
SM: Group 2 B4
Servers: P Turnbull
A Walker & E Geddes

Monday 17th December

9.30am Private Intention
7.00pm Penitential Serivce
H Brennan
Special Ministers
Mgt Brennan & M Brennan

Tuesday 18th December

7.00pm John Telford

A Burns
Special Ministers
M Donaldson & M Lockie

Wednesday 19th December

Whole School Mass
Holy Souls

K Taylor
Special Ministers
J Doyle & N Finnigan
Thursday 20th December 9.30am Eddie & Eamon Groarke Reader
J Wotton
Special Ministers
H Brennan & Mgt Brennan

Friday 21st December
St Peter Canisius

9.30am Peter & Brenda Brannigan Reader
D Willis
Special Ministers
M Irwin & J Doyle

Saturday 22nd December

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

6.00pm Moira Deacon

R &BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C4
Servers: T Higgins &
O Smith, M Thompson

Sunday 23rd December

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by
by McLean family



12noon Baptism of
Caitlin Lexi Elizabeth Kirtley

R & BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C4
Servers: J & E Marston
O Laws & L Burrell
K Forrest & K Smail


One hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)


Please pray for those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes:
Fr David Tanner, Fr Joe Burton, Fr Pat McKenna, Brian Copeman, Harry & Nita Lax, Jenny Gray, Craig Miller, Mary Anderson, Mary Brightwell, Molly Baines, Mary Connaughton, Tom Brennan, Tracey Rankin, Winnie Bilton, Alan Rhys-Evans, Pat Fletcher, Kyna Richardson, Irene Bowater, Kaya Isli, Eugene Bell, Thomas Russell, Moira Waugh, Joe Porter, Kathleen Hartis, Nathan Pearce, Susan Miller, John Bleanch, Jim and Margaret Smith.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr Oswin Moody, Fr James Hardy and Fr Herbert Armstrong.


Saturday Thomas & Mona Pescod (62 years)
Animated Praying Hands