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Note: This daily reading service is being trialled. We may continue / discontinue this service based on how the trial goes.

OLHC PARISH CAROLS – 11TH DEC 2022
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
With it comes the joys of Christmas Carols, new and classic. We invite all parishioners to join us for an afternoon of Carols on 11th of December from 12:30pm to 2.30pm at the Parish Centre. Bring your family and friends for a real community gathering to bring in the Christmas Cheer. If your child/children or you as a family would like to sing or play an instrument at the Parish Carols, please fill in your details at the Welcome Desk. Santa Claus will be making an appearance to bring lollies for the kids!

PARISH CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Our Parish St Vincent de Paul Conference, with Shepherd’s Table, will again be supporting many people in our community at Christmas this year through our Christmas appeal. Last Christmas we provided 70 large Christmas food hampers, over $10,000 in store gift cards and donated toys to 150 children.

We are seeing an increased need this Christmas. The appeal this year will again be supported by our 3 Parish schools and St Francis Xavier College. There are many families in our community who struggle to “make ends meet”. Our Parish conference members are currently responding to up to 30 calls a week for assistance.

We get to know these families by visiting them, listening to their stories, and assisting wherever we can. We know that the extra assistance we give in the spirit of Christmas is genuinely appreciated and really does make a difference.

Parishioners can assist the Christmas appeal with cash donations, Christmas food items, toys or, preferably, store gift cards for parents to purchase gifts they know their children dream of. Non-perishable food collected will be used by Shepherd’s table for their meal service and Vinnies in their food parcels.

There will be collection points in the Church foyer from weekend 26/27 November for the next 3 weeks.

Food and gifts will be sorted, packed and delivered by conference members and the Shepherd’s Table team on 16/17 December to ensure that hampers and gifts are received before Christmas.

Thank you again for your ongoing generous support.

ADVENT REFLECTION

Every Friday during Advent. Commencing Friday, 2nd December after the morning Mass.

The reflection runs for about 45mins in the Parish Centre, led by Fr Brendan, Fr Ajin and Emily.

The reflections are based on the Sunday Gospels, inspiring us to be awake to Christ’s presence in our life, the life of our parish and in our world.

We hope to see you there!

2 Dec: First Friday Healing Mass @ 7.30pm

11 Dec: Parish Christmas Play & Carols

17 Dec: Parish Volunteers Kris Kringle

18 Dec: Devotion to the Divine Mercy, 2pm – 3.30pm

 

22 Dec: OLHC Advent Reconciliation