St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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9th December  2018


Second Sunday of Advent  (Year C)



Services this week:



Saturday 8 December


5.00pm Vigil Mass





Sunday 9 December


10.00am Mass


People of the Parish



Monday 10 December


No Mass or Service





Tuesday 11 December


No Mass or Service





Wednesday 12 December


10.00am Mass


Billy McAtee



Thursday 13 December

(St Lucy)


9.30am Exposition

10.00am Mass



Anne Lynagh



Friday 14 December

(St John of the Cross)


10.00am Mass


Drew Rutherford



Saturday 15 December


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Vigil Mass


Special Intention

Darren Greenfield



Sunday 16 December


10.00am Mass


People of the Parish


Confession: On request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £329; Building Fund £160; Teas £105; Papers £10. Attendance 180. Money Counters this week: Team 3.


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


East Fife Ladies Choir Christmas Concert with special guests in St Joseph’s, Tuesday 11th December, 7.30pm. Followed by festive refreshments. Tickets £5.


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


St Joseph’s Children`s Christmas Party, Saturday 15th December, 12 pm - 1.30pm.


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


Advent Penance Service: Wednesday 19th December, 7pm. An opportunity to receive absolution in preparation for Christmas.


Christmas Mass Times:  The First Mass of Christmas will be celebrated on Christmas Eve at 6pm, with Carols and Readings from 5.30pm. Mass on Christmas Day will be at 10.00am.


Today’s Readings: Preparing for the arrival of someone important takes care and attention. Think of a family preparing to welcome a loved one home from abroad, perhaps a son or daughter who lives in Australia or someone who has been off traveling the world. They get their bedroom ready, buy their favourite foods, perhaps put up banners or even organise a ‘welcome home’ party. It is all done with great excitement and love, and is a way of easing the path home for the traveller. Or imagine new parents preparing for the arrival of a baby. There are practical considerations such as buying nappies and clothing and getting a cot ready, and of course the nerves and excitement as they prepare to welcome the new arrival.

     On a larger scale, when an important dignitary visits a venue or a country there is also a flurry of activity in preparation. Such high profile visits often involve a literal preparation of the way – organising a welcome reception, planning the best route from the airport, clearing the streets of traffic, as well as much chatter and anticipation.

     Today’s Gospel brings these two types of welcome to mind. During Advent, we prepare for the coming of Jesus by our actions, when we are generous with our time, patient with our families, and help those in need. And we do all these things with excitement and love, so that Christ will find the warmest of welcomes and a clear route into our hearts.    (Triona Doherty)



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