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ST. AMBROSE’S CHURCH                     KIDDERMINSTER

SACRED HEART CHURCH                    TENBURY WELLS

The Rectory, Birmingham Road, Kidderminster, DY10 2BY

stambrosekidderminster@btinternet.com / Tel: 01562 822839

Parish Priest: Fr. Douglas Lamb.                 Parish Administrator: Joseph Moran

Deacons: Rev. Adam Nicholls & Rev. Charles Duncombe

SECOND SUNDAY in ADVENT                      YEAR C           December 6th – December 12th

 

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS:

Morning Prayer each day at 8:45 am. (M. W. F. Sa.) (T. 9 am.)

MON:              9 am.               Albert BARR RIP

                        5:30 pm         Reception of the body of MATTEO BUTERA RIP

TUE:                9:30 am.         (Whole School) Becki O’ HARA

                        10:45 am.       Funeral Mass: MATTEO BUTERA RIP

                        7 pm.              The People of the Parish

WED:              9 am.               Deceased of the BURKE Family  

THURS:           8:50 am.         (Winterfold) Fr. Vincent LUCAS (Anniv.)

                        7 pm.  CONFIRMATION MASS: the Archbishop (Divine Providence. Thanksgiving)

FRI:                 9 am.               Willie James McELHINNEY RIP

SAT:                9 am.               In Thanksgiving (Janina) (followed by rosary & novena devotions.)

                        6 pm.              (Vigil) Mary NANGLE RIP

SUN:                9 am.               (Tenbury) The People of the Parish  

                        11 am.                        UCM Intention

                        6 pm.              Sheila QUINN RIP

CONFESSIONS: Saturday 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. and at any time by request.

 

ANNIVERSARIES: Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Vincent Lucas, priest here 1937-39, who died December 10th 2005. May he rest in peace.

 

REST IN PEACE: The Funeral Mass for MATTEO BUTERA is on Tuesday at 10:45 am. prior to burial in Kidderminster Cemetery. The Funeral Mass for JOHN PARKER has been arranged for Wednesday, December 15th at 11:15 am prior to burial in Kidderminster Cemetery. His body will be brought into church on the previous evening at 5 pm.  ANGELINA SCROCCA died in Redditch Hospital on Thursday morning, please pray for her family, as they prepare for her Funeral which is yet to be arranged.

 

CONFIRMATION: His Grace the Archbishop will be visiting the Parish on Thursday to confirm sixteen of our children during Mass at 7 pm. This will be a Parish Mass, to which ALL parishioners are invited to pray for and support our children. The present COVID situation has led Mrs Brocklesby to request that we have no gathering afterwards, but the Confirmandi will have the opportunity to celebrate in school on the following day. 

 

SUNDAY MASS: The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a document HONOURING SUNDAY. I can be viewed on the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales website. It encourages all of us to review our current weekend arrangements, and encourages everyone, where possible, to return to the practice of Sunday Mass attendance.

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SVP: Meet on Monday, December 6th at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. New members welcome.

 

BABY & TODDLER GROUP: Meet in the parish hall on Wednesday morning 9 am – 11 am. suitable from new-born to preschool. Contact StAmbrosetoddlers@gmail.com for more information.

SVP: meet on Monday, December 6th at 7 pm.

 

SUNDAY LUNCHEON: The next Sunday lunch will be next week, December 12th following Mass at 11 am. Please bring whatever drinks are needed, and the main course this time is TURKEY. It is important to sign the list by Thursday of this week to enable Jonathan to cater adequately. Please try and come. 

THANKS: A group of seamstresses coordinated by Carol Watkins, have made a beautiful cover for one of our ornamental monstrances, and also a more attractive cloth for the shrine of SS Benedict & Scholastica. We are grateful for their skill and for their time. 

 

ST. AMBROSE’S DAY: Please let this be a great day of celebration for all of us, whether at home or in church. The whole school will attend Mass at 9:30 am. and the Mass to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the founding of the Parish is at 7 pm, followed by a buffet in the Hall afterwards. Numbers appear, understandably, to be rather low, but we shall take every precaution we can to ensure that those who attend can do so safely and enjoyably. Please add names to the list at the back of the church TODAY. Above all, let us pray for all the Parish, all its activities, and be grateful for the sacrifices and hard work of the parishioners of previous generations.

 

MEMORY TREE: The memory globe tree will be erected in church on Monday, December 13th, help is requested after the preceding Saturday evening Mass. The specially created star will be placed on the tree on the Thursday, December 16th during the blessing of the tree at 3:45 pm. Followed by refreshments and mince pies in the Parish Hall.

 

FOODBANK: Thank you for past generosity to the Foodbank. The following items are in short supply at the moment.    Please leave at the back of Church marked "Foodbank". Cold and hot tins of meat, washing up liquid, sugar, custard, shaving gel and toileteries.

 

200 CLUB: 2022 subscriptions/renewals are now due. There is a total prize fund of £2,500 equating to monthly prizes of £75, £50 and £25 along with the Big Christmas Draw with prizes of £400m £200 and £100. It has been a tough couple of years finically for the Parish so its important to support this endeavour as a community. It allows vital funds to be available to our Parish in order to meet its financial obligations. In 2021, the 200 Club contributed over £2,500 to Parish funds. The cost of membership is £25 per number, payable monthly, quarterly or annually each January. We would love to welcome new members. Please fill in a 200 Club Form at the back of the church, and/or contact Janine Nicholls or Martin Grovenor (see application for details). 

 

CHURCH CLEAN FOR CHRISTMAS: Will take place after morning Mass and rosary on Saturday, December 18th. Volunteers are asked to come to help give the church a good clean ready for Christmas. Many thanks in advance. Please note NO CLEANING on Friday, December 17th or the following fortnight. Rotas to resume shortly.

 

CHRISTMAS MASSES:

Friday                         Dec 24th          5 pm (Vigil)               7:30 pm (Sacred Heart)       MIDNIGHT

Saturday        Dec 25th          9 am (Old Rite)         10:30 am (both St. Ambrose) No evening Mass

Sunday           Dec 26th          9 am (Sacred Heart) 11 am             No evening Mass

Mass each day during Christmas Week will be at 11:30 am.

 

Please pray for our parishioners who are sick, and for all who have need of our prayers, especially:  Trina Cole, Pat O ‘ Doherty, Peter Hesketh, Jessie Tolley, Annie Holcroft, Veronica Pugh, Sheila Mikulicz, Edward Sage, Jackie Sands, John & Audrey Choyce, Shirley Keogh, Joyce Berry, Clare Conway, Fr. Graham Wilkinson, Madonna Endeley, Christopher Tovey, Mary Kissane, David Warr, Amanda Rattigan, Neil Moule, Kathleen Hegarty, Marie Hesketh, Jim Thomas, Mary Kozicki, Cecilia Convy, Clare Saich, Richard Brocklesby, Michael Holmes, Lawrence Speers, Arwen Lockley.

 

This Parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham registered charity number 234216.

Safeguarding Representatives :Peter HARLER - 01562 746563/ Niall DOHERTY – 07984409903

 
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