Greetings to you as we prepare for the Sunday of Joy and the last part of our time of Advent. I would like to draw your attention to a number of items.
Last Sunday we had our annual Advent Service. It was a time of prayerful and joyful preparation for the coming of Christ and the recovery of a sense of wonder. Thanks to everyone for the huge effort that went into preparing and presenting the music. to our readers, to the Wesley Choir for their participation, to the volunteers who prepared the food and the mulled wine. Our commitment to social justice is part of our Advent preparations and the presence of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd with the crafts from their justice projects served to offer us an opportunity to offer a gift with a deeper meaning this Christmas. Sr Noreen has been in contact to thank everyone involved–those who helped with the sales and those who bought goods. The sale of crafts exceeded that from last year and €2,200 was raised to offer dignity and justice to families in many different places. We can be justifiably proud of this commitment from our community. Thanks for your solidarity!
Sunday Mass over the Holiday period and Christmas Day Mass
Our Sunday Mass schedule holds throughout the holiday period and there will be Mass each Sunday at 11h30. Mass on Christmas Day will also be at 11h30, followed by the usual fraternal moment on Christmas morning. If you are staying in Paris for Christmas, please feel welcome to join us!
This Sunday, for a few minutes after Mass, we hold a short meeting, our AGM. This will consist of a Chaplain’s report on the events of the past year, a financial report, the presentation of the responsables for various aspects of our ministry and any other business. It will be a very short meeting and will be followed by our usual tea/coffee. As this Sunday will probably be the last Sunday in Paris for many of the “regulars”, there will be a special emphasis in the liturgy of thanksgiving for the year that has been and of reflection on what has been achieved here. It is also “Gaudete Sunday”, the Sunday of Joy. and that will be reflected in our liturgy also.
Two final smaller notices
Complimentary copies of the Messenger have been available for the past while to members of the community. If anyone wishes to receive it regularly in 2013, a sign-up form will be available (with details of the price) on Sunday. Also, a number of copies of the book on praying with the Psalms will be available.
Many people have expressed an interest in a visit to the Old Library. Carole, the Librarian, has offered to guide a visit on Wednesday, 16 January at 18h00. The visit would last c.30 minutes and would be limited to a maximum of c.20 people. Again, those interested can fill out a sign-up sheet on Sunday.
Finally, I wish to thank you all for your support and your friendship of the Chaplaincy over the past year. I pray for you all the blessings of this time of Advent, the peace of Christmas and every grace in 2013.
Fr Sean Maher
THE IRISH CHAPLAINCY