Blessings to one and all as we continue through the Holy Season of Advent!
Thank you to all those who responded to Bishop Richard’s questions last week, these response and reflections were shared with the Parish Mission Group, and there was much fruitful discussion. We will bring a summary of the responses to a meeting in Crawley on Tuesday evening for further discussion on a Deanery level. This will then go to the Bishop. He will then pray and reflect on the work done and begin to formulate a Pastoral plan for our Diocese.
An email has been sent to Parents asking which session they would like to attend with their children preparing for First confession and First Holy Communion. There will be a sessions on Saturday at 12 -1pm; Sunday 12:45-1:45pm and Monday from 4-5pm. Parents must choose one of these sessions and stick to it as far as possible. If the Parish office could have their first and second choice by Friday 15th December. Thank you.
Next Sunday the 17th is known as Bambinelli Sunday in Rome, it is tradition that children from the Diocese of Rome come to see the Pope for him to bless their Infant Jesus figurines. This is a lovely tradition that I would like to continue here in Horsham. I would ask that you bring your Infant Jesus figures or indeed crib sets to be blessed. This will be done at all Masses. I will also bless some straw for you to put into your Nativity Scenes.
This Friday I look forward to enjoying a Pantomime with our Altar Servers, this is a Thank You for all their devoted and diligent service throughout the year.
A reminder that visiting priests will be here in Horsham on Friday 22nd at 7pm to hear confessions.
I hope that Advent is not lost amongst the secular Christmas celebrations. Do find opportunities for stillness and prayer. Do use the opportunities for Confession to prepare a way for the Lord in your own hearts.