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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe,Year C
"Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord."
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: We sincerely congratulate the 97 children throughout the Parish who are receiving their First Holy Communion on this the Feast of Christ the King. We appreciate the support and encouragement of their parents. A special thank you to our Teachers & Catechists who have prepared the children with such diligence. At St Michael’s School - Emma-Kate Callaghan, Nicole Lenihan, Maree Hamilton, Helena Karas & Martine Mathieson (REC). Mark Fuller (St John’s) & Catechists Frances Fairs, Nigel Porter (Nowra), Greg Troy (Berry), Trish Sherbourne (Kangaroo Valley), Rennie D’Souza, Bridget Shadforth, Jenny and Carmel Congdon (Vincentia), Thank you for your dedicated ministries, and work well done. We are also sincerely grateful to our organists and choir members who enhanced the Liturgy so magnificently on this special occasion.
Parish Insurance premium this year, covering all parish properties, contents etc (not including the school) amounts to $47,650.00. This works out at $915 per week from weekly parish income. Hence the need for your regular parish financial support, especially through Planned Giving. Thank you for your faithful support.
CWL Bay & Basin Branch – the Christmas stall and raffle will be held on the weekends of 23rd/24th November and 30th November/1st December. The raffle will be drawn after 9:30 Mass on 1st December. There will be craft, books and plants. Info: Moya 4443 9698.
Nowra Branch CWL will be holding their annual Christmas raffle 23rd/24th November and 30th November/1st December. 1st and 2nd prize - Christmas Hamper. Tickets $2 each or 3 x $5. Thank you for your continued support.
Choir for Nowra Masses – the choir is inviting fellow Parishioners to join them. The choir will practise for Christmas Mass on Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm in St Michael’s Church. Please contact Andrew on 0412133761.
Songs of Joy – 15th December at SS Peter & Paul Kiama 2:30 pm. A combined chorus of over 180 singers from Sydney & South Coast together for an afternoon of song. Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to Charity “The Homestead of Hope”. Click here to download flyer
ALPHA – please pray for all those attending Alpha and for an openness to the Holy Spirit. Pray for volunteers, that they receive fresh anointing for all they are doing and a renewed heart to share the Gospel.
The Diocesan Advent & Christmas Daily Reflections booklet – The Way – will be available next weekend $2 per copy. As in previous years it is beautifully presented.
Plenary 2020 – if parishioners wish to form groups, to discuss any of the themes, a local animator will be available to assist. Please contact the parish office.
People with Coeliac are advised there is a suitable Communion Host available for them in our churches. The host is placed in a pyx on the altar for consecration and is kept separate from regular hosts in the ciborium at the time of distribution. Fr Pat and Fr Duane have been consecrating these hosts for Coeliacs for the last few years. All you need to do is tell Father before Mass and he will see that your host is available for you to receive. If you would like more information, please contact Patricia Bourke 0433 509 636.
The Catholic bishops of Australia have announced a National Prayer Campaign for the gift of rain during November.
The faithful across the country are encouraged to pray for the gift of rain, for people affected by the drought and to provide practical support, where possible.
For links to donate to the Vinnies NSW Drought Appeal, visit: www.catholic.org.au/drought
Prayer for rain and those affected
In wisdom and love you created our earth to sustain us and give us life.
We turn to you now in faith, hope and love, asking you to look with favour on our drought-stricken land,
on our starving animals, on our failing crops.
Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers and to all who are affected by drought; be with
those who support them.
In your loving providence, send abundant rain and restore our parched earth.
Father of all compassion, hear our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son, in whom the promise of new
life has dawned, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life: Renew your
faithful people; Renew the face of the earth.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Mary, help of Christians – Pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – Pray for us.
Catholic Mission is organising an immersion for adults to TIMOR in May 2020 and you are invited to join the group. At this time, we are calling for expressions of interest from people who would like to be considered as possible participants. The number of participants on the immersion will be limited. All applicants will be considered, and a final group selected. The group will be accompanied and led by an accredited Catholic Mission facilitator. This 10-day immersion experience starts and finishes in Sydney. All costs are covered except personal purchases. Catholic Mission will present a preparation workshop prior to departure, time and date to be advised. Please note, dates may change slightly so as to work in with our host community in Timor.
Samaritan Group Reminder - The Nowra community offers emergency meals to people in times of special need. Let us know if you are aware of someone who might need this short-term care. New volunteers also welcome. Sue or Bev 44212260 or Bernadette 0402136691.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church - call for choir members. If you have an interest in singing and would like to assist at the 9.30am Mass on Sundays, please have a word after Mass or ring Deirdre on 44437825.