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Weekend Collection:  £639.   Very many thanks.

 

There are teas, coffees and hot mince pies in the hall after Mass.  Please come and join us especially if you are a visitor.

 

The Advent issue of Day by Day is available in the porch at the price of £1.00.

 

During Advent there will be retiring collections after each Mass for Christmas Flowers.  Your help would be much appreciated!

 

Very reasonably priced Christmas Cards are on sale in the porch and also downstairs in the hall.

 

Congratulations to Connor on his recent enrolment into the Guild of St Stephen.

We appreciate having Altar Servers and we would welcome more.   Boys and girls who have made their First Holy Communion and are of primary or secondary school age who would be willing to join our team of Altar Servers are invited to speak to Fr John or Chief Altar Server Ellen for further information.

 

Readers: Readers are urgently required particularly for the Vigil Mass.  If you are interested in becoming a reader please speak to Fr John or a member of the Sacristy team to discuss this.  You would be very welcome to have a trial run outwith the Service.

 

Deanery Lunch – very many thanks to Moira Chalmers and her team who provided a splendid Christmas lunch for the Priests attending the Deanery meeting on 13 December.  It was much appreciated and enjoyed by all.

 

 

Taize Evening by St Ninian’s Music Group –  Congratulations to our young musicians their adult colleagues and all who helped to make the Taize evening a success on Friday 14 December.

 

Abriachan Christmas carols and readings, followed by mince pies and mulled wine [or a cup of tea !]

Friday 21st December at 7pm in Abriachan village hall. All very welcome for some hearty singing.

 

The Children’s Nativity will be on Sunday 23 December. 

 

It is very difficult to purchase religious Christmas stamps this year. An enquiry to Royal Mail revealed that individual post offices, and sub post offices choose the designs they wish to purchase, and are not obliged to provide a religious alternative.   Do ask for these stamps to show that there is still a demand and to encourage  re-ordering by the Post Office if necessary.

'Keep Christ in Christmas' stickers may be obtained from Mr G McAleenan, 81 Calder Rd, Mossend, Bellshill, ML4 2RH or email, georgemcaleenan@gmail.com  £2 for 100, + postage.

 

New Rotas are now available – please collect yours from the Sacristy if you have not already done so.

 

Church cleaning for Christmas will be done in the week beginning 17 December.  A concerted effort will be made by all available on Wednesday morning from 10am but do not worry if you are unavailable then as there are a number of jobs which can be done at any time convenient to you, for example – the cleaning of the brass thurible, bells, candlesticks and wall plaques.  Please let us know in the Sacristy how you can help.

 

Christmas Mass Times at St Ninian’s

Monday 24 December -  Christmas Eve – No 10am Mass.   Informal carols from 7.15pm, Carol Service at 7.30pm Mass begins at 8pm

Tuesday 25 December – Christmas Day – Mass at 11.30am

 

ST COLUMBA’S PRIZE BINGO:  Next bingo night is Friday 25 January.

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