We begin the New Liturgical year on this the First Sunday of Advent. Our minds now turn toward the coming of the Lord God in the flesh. We prepare for the celebration of his coming in history on one hand, on the other we look toward his second coming and judgement. It is a time to reflect prayerfully on the Incarnation and the coming of Christ. How do we in our own hearts, in our own spiritual lives wish to change and become closer to Lord and discern his will for us? On Sunday Cardinal Murphy O’ Connor will be celebrating 60 years as a priest with a Mass at Arundel at 4pm. All are welcome to the celebration and reception at the Castle which follows. Many thanks to those who came to the Presbytery to meet with me to discuss this year’s First Communion program. If you are still interested in helping, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. Details of the First Communion Programme will be released soon. A meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled for the 7th December at 8pm. Any items for the agenda should be sent to Maurice O’ Shea whose details are below. Some dates for your diaries! An opportunity for Confessions in preparation for Christmas will be on Monday 19th of December. There will be a number of visiting priests available. At all Masses on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, I will bless crib figures to be placed in our own nativity scenes at home. So I would ask you to dig them out in preparation for this Roman tradition! We will celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception the 8th December, there will be an extra Mass. God bless you all as we begin this new Church year and the Holy Season of Advent.