Welcome to St. Bede’s for December
Much of what has been planned for December in the way of pre-Christmas activities seems to change very quickly. May we use this time of waiting and anticipation to remind ourselves of God’s love for us.
We hope we can offer the following activities and Services.
Our Christmas Services are:
Christmas Eve: 11.00 pm – Midnight Mass with Carols
Christmas Day: 9.30 am – Holy Communion with Carols
On Thursday, 3rd December, pending Covid Restrictions, please join us for our Art and Craft morning at 10.00 am.
Instead of our Parish Christmas Lunch this year, we plan to have a sit-down Christmas Morning Tea in the main hall, (Sunday 13th December) with light entertainment including stories about Christmas past, riddles, jokes and some parish awards. Please put the date in your diary.
Community Carol Service December 20th (7.30 pm)
Although we are not sure whether congregational singing will be allowed by then, you are still invited to reflect on which is your favourite carol, and if you would like you could write a few words to explain why and if really keen to offer to lead it from the microphone that evening. Please email your requests to email@example.com or bring a note and drop it in the basket provided.
Our song for this time is O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Prayers During This Pandemic
Church leaders, including our Archbishop, ask us to pause for prayer at 8 am every Friday.
We are asked to pray for:
* An end to the pandemic
* Healing for people suffering from the illness
* Those researching a vaccine
* Our political and community leaders as they try to provide wise
* Our health workers, as they are at the front line.
Almighty and All–loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
We pray to you through Christ the Healer for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers, skill to healthcare professionals and researchers, comfort to everyone in distress and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who showed compassion to the outcast, acceptance to the rejected and love to those to whom no love was shown. Amen.
Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin & Glendalough)