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Third Sunday of Advent

This week's articles and resources below

 

Dear Friend

The Third Sunday of Advent homily note begins:

“This Sunday’s readings are full of joy and hope, for we have a glimpse of the joy of our approaching redemption.”

By the time next Sunday arrives, we are down to 8 more sleeps until we capture the joy of the newborn Christ in each of us.

Launching Parish Life in February this year was a significant investment of time and resources on a weekly basis. We hope it has been a useful newsletter for you.

This is the last full edition for 2017.

Later this week we will provide a stripped-down version of the newsletter with links to homily notes through to the end of January together with the Prayers of the People for the same period.

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To my team  - Mick and Linda thank you for your relentless commitment to sourcing content and preparing Parish Life punctually all year.

On behalf of all our team at Australian Catholics, we take this opportunity to wish you a most blessed Christmas and hopefully a restful break.

Blessings

Damien Nolan
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Advent Season of Creation

 

Reflection: Rejoice in the Lord always!

Reflection: Rejoice in the Lord always!

 

This Sunday’s readings are full of joy and hope, for we have a glimpse of the joy of our approaching redemption. Isaiah, in the First Reading, announces the redemption of Jerusalem, clothed in the bridal robes of justice and integrity.

 

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Feature: A more peaceful journey to Christmas

Feature: A more peaceful journey to Christmas

 

Advent is a significant liturgical time of the year, and while the proximity of Christmas heralds celebration, we can so easily forget about the importance of this season. The journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem shows us a different way to approach the Advent season.

 

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Prayers of the people

Prayers of the people

 

Today the countdown to Christmas begins in earnest.  Many are busy with last-minute preparations for family meals, gift-giving and perhaps summer holidays. Amid all this activity, dare we take to heart Jesus’ rebuke to Martha for worrying and fretting about so many things?

 

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Homilist notes

Homilist notes

 

Once again, the figure of John the Baptist looms large in the scripture today. Last week we heard the witness given by John the Baptist according to the Gospel of St. Mark. In today's Gospel (1:6-8, 19-28) we hear the same witness described, from a rather different angle, in the Gospel of John.

 

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Music: Suggestions for Sunday

Music: Suggestions for Sunday

 

The liturgy team in Wollongong has developed an excellent site for music liturgy. Click to see suggestions for sacred music for this Sunday and beyond.

 

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Daily Prayer: Advent Season of Creation

Daily Prayer: Advent Season of Creation

 

The Pray.com.au Advent Season of Creation series that looks at the daily Scripture readings in the light of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, continues this week with reflections from Michael Mcgirr.

 

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