St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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2nd December  2018  -  First Sunday of Advent  (Year C)



Services this week:



Saturday 1 December


5.00pm Vigil Mass


Susan Doyle



Sunday 2 December


10.00am Mass


People of the Parish



Monday 3 December

(St Francis Xavier)


No Mass or Service




Tuesday 4 December


7.00pm Mass


Mary Lynagh



Wednesday 5 December


10.00am Mass


Jim Kelly



Thursday 6 December



9.30am Exposition

10.00am Mass                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



Nancy Taggart



Friday 7 December

(St Ambrose)


10.00am Mass


Special Intention (Jean Watson)



Saturday 8 December

(Immaculate Conception)


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Vigil Mass


Special Intention




Sunday 9 December


10.00am Mass


People of the Parish


Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm and on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £325; Building Fund £280; Teas £50; Papers £10; Hall donations £290; Donations £60; Social Evening £100.  Attendance 180. Money Counters this week: Team 2.


Teas/Coffee in the Church Hall after Masses on Sunday and Thursday. All welcome.


SSVP:  Next Saturday’s Vigil Mass is a special Mass for the SSVP to mark the founding of the Society, an event being marked worldwide.


Seniors’ Christmas Party: SSVP will be hosting the annual Seniors Christmas Party on Sunday 9th December at 2pm.  Festive Dining and Sing-Along. Last few places remaining – last chance to add your name.


Knit and Knatter Charity Knitting: Fridays, Church Hall, 10.30am-12.30pm.


East Fife Ladies Choir Concert in St Joseph’s, Tuesday 11th December, 7.30pm.


St Joseph’s Children`s Christmas Party, Saturday 15th December, 12 pm - 1.30pm. As there is no charge for this event we ask parents to bring along some party food. There is a list in the porch for you to sign your child`s name up and to indicate which party food you can provide. We look forward to seeing the children there. Further details from Clare Morrison: 01592 873840.


SSVP 70 Years: 70 Gifts: Next weekend is the last chance to make donations of non-perishables for the Food Bank, or a toy for a child, as part of the Jubilee celebrations. Donations for the Food Bank are welcome all year round. 


200 Club: Congratulations to the winners in the December draw - £1000 Harry Colville (184); £250 Alex Kinnear (112); £150 Jim McIntosh (203); £100 David Caldwell (18); £50 Hannah Gray (195); £50 Theresa McKeen (138).


Advent Talks for Young Adults on the threefold theme of Faith, Hope and Love, Sunday 2, 9 & 16 December at Gillis Centre, Edinburgh, 5-7pm. Talk; Questions; Exposition, Confessions, Night Prayer & Benediction followed by pizza and refreshments. All very welcome.


Today’s Readings: Advent is about looking forward to Christmas and our celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is a special time of preparation to welcome him anew into our lives. But today’s readings remind us that Advent is also about looking ahead to another time, the second and final coming of Jesus at the end of time. ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning ‘coming’. The problem, of course, is that we have no idea when this will happen. We don’t even know when the sun will set on our own individual lives. All we can do is to be prepared and to ‘stay awake’ – to live now in such a way that when we meet Jesus, we will be ready. This readiness is less a practical skill than a condition, or a way of life. Look at how St Paul describes it: he talks about increasing our love for one another, and continually making progress in living the life that God wants. That is how we store up treasures here on earth to make sure we are ready for the heavenly things to come.  (Triona Doherty)


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