Advent marks the start of the Liturgical year and is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This year Advent lasts 23 days and most of us try to observe Advent as best we can, but what does observing Advent mean?

A quick search on the internet can give you many ideas including making your own nativity to Christmas Wreaths and a lot of time during Advent is taken up making sure gifts are bought and wrapped, food is ordered and prepared, travel plans are confirmed and transport booked. All of this can be overwhelming and stressful, sometimes it takes the 'fun' out of Christmas.

It is important that we take time for ourselves to prepare for the coming of Christ. Advent is a time of penitence and reflection looking at our own lives and those of others who may be less fortunate than ourselves. There are many ways in which we can do this. One way is to attend confession, this Sacrament allows us to reflect on our actions and inactions and with God's grace we will receive forgiveness for sins we may have committed. The CAFOD website has an excellent Advent Calendar with ideas for activities and opportunity for reflection during Advent. 

You could attend our Candles by Candlelight event on the 23rd of December and during Advent, there is the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament an hour before weekday Mass and Even Prayer at 6 pm on Sundays during Advent, 

 

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Sun 23

Carols by Candlelight

Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon 24

Vigil Mass of Christmas

Dec 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Mon 24

‘Midnight’ Mass of Christmas

Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 25

Christmas Mass

Dec 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm