PARISH LIFE

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Advent and Christmas Liturgies

Advent (which begins this Sunday) many families look forward to participating in parish liturgies. For liturgies in some of our local parishes, please follow the link:

Sacramental Diary

If you have a child in Years 2, 3 or 5 who will be celebrating the sacraments next year, check your local parish for details of their Sacrament Programs. Please note further information below.

Holy Spirit Parish, City Beach

Now accepting enrolments for 2015 Sacrament Program.

Closing date for enrolments: February 5, 2015 to prepare for the upcoming Sacraments.

For enrolment forms please download from this link: http://www.holyspiritcitybeach.com.

Further information please contact Michelle Rapkoch at: jmrapkoch@yahoo.com or 0405556026.

Where can I find information regarding the Sacrament Program in my parish?

THIS SUNDAY'S GOSPEL: 1st Sunday of Advent

Mark 13:33-37 - Stay awake!

This Sunday's Gospel reflection is an extract from the work of Greg Sunter.

Beginning Advent

The season of Advent begins this week and continues through the four Sundays of Advent and ends at Christmas Eve. The first week of Advent focuses on the return of the Lord and the following weeks focus more specifically on the anticipation of the birth of Jesus. Rather than simply commemorating an historical event, Advent is a time of preparing our hearts to 'receive' Jesus into the world each year. Advent is traditionally marked by the colour of violet.

Living the Gospel - Stay Awake!

By the time the Church begins to celebrate Advent as a period of preparation towards Christmas, the stores have been filling with Christmas paraphernalia for weeks. It starts out small with a few decorations and wrapping paper and eventually takes over every retail outlet. In the midst of this excess of Christmas consumerism, it is often difficult to draw attention to the season of Advent and the need to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Christmas. It is important to stay awake, as we are cautioned in this week's gospel. Awake to what is happening around us in the world and awake to what is happening within us.

Gospel Focus - The Doorkeeper

The image of the doorkeeper from this week's gospel is an interesting one. It is not unusual to hear references to people being 'gatekeepers' today in relation to projects or groups working together. The role of the gatekeeper, or the doorkeeper, is to maintain a watching brief - to be alert to dangers or distractions and to ensure that everyone who is important to the process is invited to participate. Today's gospel reminds us that as believers we are to be the doorkeepers, or gatekeepers, of the Kingdom, watching for dangers and welcoming in all those who wish to enter. © Greg Sunter

Greg is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education and the author of books on adolescent faith.

COMMUNITY MASS

Next Friday, 5th December, we celebrate our last Community Mass for the year. It will be led by students in Years 7 and 8, and those families in those year groups are particularly welcome. As always there is an open invitation for all parents to our Community Mass - if you have not managed to get to Community Mass all year, this is the last opportunity for 2014.

Time - 8:00am start; 8:30 finish.

Venue - Chapel

Our Community Mass is a rich part of the fabric of our College life. We have been blessed to be able to celebrate the Eucharist each Friday, with Fr Wilson presiding, our own Gospel Choir leading the singing and our College community participating in so many ways.