St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 22nd December 2019: God is with us.

St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 22nd December 2019: God is with us.

Can you feel the excitement in the air? This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and that means that Christmas is almost here! In Matthew’s Gospel on Sunday we will hear again the dilemma that Joseph faced as he became aware that Mary was pregnant and contemplated ending their relationship informally; but it was only through the appearance of an angel in a dream that he was told about God’s purpose for them. Matthew reiterates the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will name him Emmanuel, a name which means ‘God is with us.’ ” 

This Sunday, do remember to bring your “crib” figurine of the baby Jesus (possibly laying in the manger) so that they can all be blessed in church on Sunday and then placed in your Nativity scenes at home. Also this Sunday at the Parish Mass, be prepared to get involved! There is likely to be some “audience participation” in the inter-active Nativity that will be taking place during the Mass. Offers to help with the cleaning and preparation of the church before Christmas would be most welcome (please speak to Gloria or Cynthia). Thanks to Fr Matthew for replacing all the “dud” lamps in the ceiling pendants. We might actually be able to have a proper festival of light now!

Please invite your family and friends to share with us the joy of “God with us” as Christmas comes once more. Christmas services can be found on our web-site https://www.stmaryskenton.org/christmas/ 
and the two principal acts of worshop are Midnight Mass at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve; and on Christmas Day the 10.30am Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord.

(David Griffiths)