Christmas 2013

Christmas

CHRISTMAS LITURGIES 2013

4th Sunday of Advent, 22nd Dec.
Blessing of Bambini at all Masses.9.30am Mass concludes with
Childrens’ Carols and Nativity Tableau.
(NB.  Not at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass when the Childrens’ Liturgy leaders & many families are away.)
Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th Dec.
5.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve
11.30pm Office of Readings & Carols
leading into Midnight Mass.
Christmas Day, Wednesday 25th
Midnight Mass (starts at Midnight)
(preceded by the Office of Readings & Carols)
and Blessing of the Crib
8am Mass of Christmas Dawn & Carols
9.30am Mass of Christmas Day & Carols
11.30am Solemn Mass of
Christmas Day with Carols.
NB. There is no 5.30 evening Mass on Christmas Day
Sunday 29th December
Feast of the Holy Family
All Masses at the weekend usual times.
 
 

Make sure that your home has a CHRISTMAS CRIB

on sale in our Bookshop in various sizes and at very reasonable prices.
Then, on the weekend before Christmas (21st /22nd December),
bring the Baby Jesus from your Family Crib for the
Blessing of Bambini at all Masses on the 4th Sunday of Advent.
 
 

Gifts for Christmas and the New Year

Could you buy an extra gift for a needy child or baby?
Bring your gifts to Mass on the 3rd Sunday of Advent,
ie. NEXT weekend – 14th / 15th December.
Gifts should be wrapped with a label indicating gender and age (0-15 years).
The Good Counsel Network also needs baby blankets & baby clothes (0-12 months)
These NEW baby items should not be gift-wrapped but left in their original packaging.
Please leave your gifts and baby items in the coloured boxes at our usual
drop-off point just inside the doors of the Pastoral Centre corridor.
 

The Coalition for Marriage

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The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and oppose any plans to redefine it.
The Coalition is backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders. It reaches out to people of all faiths and none, who believe that marriage is the most successful partnership in history and should not be redefined.
The Coalition draws upon a substantial body of evidence showing that marriage – as it has been understood for thousands of years – is beneficial to society, and that changing its definition would undermine that benefit.
The Coalition’s petition demonstrates that there is broad public opposition to redefining marriage. The Coalition is committed to a reasoned and courteous debate on this issue, and will highlight any intimidation or intolerance shown to supporters of traditional marriage.
Petition

Find out more…

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C4M Resources

 

Download the briefing for the Lords’ Second Reading debate

The ‘Second Reading’ debate in the House of Lords on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, 3 and 4 June 2013. Our briefing gives clear reasons to support keeping marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You can download a copy of the briefing here.

Download the latest Campaign Update

Our Campaign Update newsletters will bring you up-to-date on the work so far. You can download the latest issue (April 2013) here. A printer-friendly black and white version is also available here.

Download the Petition

You can ask your friends, neighbours and work colleagues to sign a paper version of the petition and then send it to our office address given on the form. Download a printable PDF of the Petition here.

Download the briefing for the ‘Second Reading’ vote

The ‘Second Reading’ vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was held on 5 February. Our briefing gives clear reasons to support keeping marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You can download a copy of the briefing here.

DOWNLOAD ‘GAY MARRIAGE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS’

This booklet outlines the impact of redefining mariage on education. You can download a copy here.

Download 10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage

You can download a copy of the leaflet here. A printer-friendly version is also available here.

Download a summary of a legal opinion on the civil liberty implications

You can download a copy of the summary here.

Download C4M’s consultation response

Our response to the Government’s consultation on redefining marriage. To read our response, click here.

Download a consultation briefing

The Home Office consultation on redefining marriage closed on 14 June 2012. However, our briefing contains information and arguments about the issue which you may find useful. To read the briefing, click here.

DOWNLOAD A PAPER ON THE IMPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

This paper looks at the issue of redefining marriage as it relates to local councils. Download a copy here.

Support marriage in Scotland

A separate organisation is campaigning against the Scottish Government’s plans to redefine marriage. Residents of Scotland can also sign the Scottish Marriage Petition at the Scotland For Marriage website here.
– See more at: http://c4m.org.uk/resources/#sthash.fePcaMpe.dpuf