Christmas Mass Times and Notices

Christmas Mass times

Year of St Joseph- Comes to an end!

Pope Francis on December 8, 2020 published an Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of St Joseph”, running from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.

In religion classes over the last few weeks we have dedicated a class in the Chapel to deepening our understanding of St Joseph. St Joseph is a strong man of silence and does not say one word in the bible. Despite this he was obedient and faithful to his calling and supported Jesus and Mary through his presence. We discussed with various classes that we convince through our presence and like St Joseph there is real strength in listening and watching what is happening around you. As a class we wrote prayer intentions and placed them next to the ‘Sleeping St Joseph’ statue in the Chapel. There may be many things that you would like to pray to St Joseph about…

Dear St Joseph,
Please pray for…
Please help me with….
I am worried about…

CATHOLIC BOOKSHOP — Christmas gifts, holiday reading, nativity sets & Christmas cards. ATTN: Daily Mass Book 2022 – please check: If you are missing pages 64 – 91 please return to the Catholic Bookshop to exchange it for a new book. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to see you over the Christmas season.

ARCHDIOCESE OF CANBERRA AND GOULBURN WOMEN’S TASKFORCE— Visit our website: womenstaskforceacg.wordpress.com/ ARCHDIOCESAN ONLINE ADVENT RESOURCE – Advent resource featuring reflections from families from around our Archdiocese. For use in small groups or alone, in person or via zoom. cgcatholic.org.au/ADVENT or contact lara.kirk@cg.org.au 0429 192 869

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: advent appeal to help Christian refugees suffering persecution, conflict and violence. This year share the hope of Christmas with Christian refugees and help ease their burdens. For stories and to make a donation visit aidtochurch.org/adventappeal.

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COME BACK TO THE FATHER! ARCHBISHOP’S DAY OF TEACHING – Sat. 11 Dec – 9:30am -4:30pm – St Peter Chanel’s Church, Weston St, Yarralumla. Catholic Charismatic Renewal. trybooking.com/BUTGN. Or text Maida 0423 658 326.

SYNOD OF BISHOPS: SYNOD ON SYNODALITY “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”. The Universal Church now embarks on a similar journey we’ve experienced in our Plenary Council. You are invited to make a submission via an online portal, now open. Make a 250-word submission at https://catholic.org.au/synodalchurch Once received, a national report to support the global process leading to an international gathering in Rome, 2023 will be made. The diocesan consultation phase has been extended too, to the 15 August 2022. Dates on the guides and resources on catholic.org.au/synodalchurch.

Litany of St. Joseph

Lord, have mercy on us      Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.      Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us,         Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,      have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,      have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,     have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,         have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,      pray for us.
St. Joseph,      pray for us.
Renowned offspring of David,      pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs,      pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God,      pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,      pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God,      pray for us.
Diligent protector of Christ,      pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family,      pray for us.
Joseph most just,      pray for us.
Joseph most chaste,      pray for us.
Joseph most prudent,      pray for us.
Joseph most strong,      pray for us.
Joseph most obedient,      pray for us.
Joseph most faithful,     pray for us.
Mirror of patience,      pray for us.
Lover of poverty,      pray for us.
Model of artisans,      pray for us.
Glory of home life,      pray for us.
Guardian of virgins,      pray for us.
Pillar of families,      pray for us.
Solace of the wretched,      pray for us.
Hope of the sick,      pray for us.
Patron of the dying,      pray for us.
Terror of demons,      pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church,      pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,      spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,      graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,      have mercy on us, O Jesus.

He made him the lord of his household and prince over all his possessions.

Let us pray:
O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever.

Saint Joseph,      pray for us.

Mr Michael Monagle
Assistant Principal Mission and Identity