Have a wonderful Christmas.”
“Like many women around the world, Garmah in Liberia had no legal rights to her home when her husband died. CAFOD worked with local experts to help her and now Garmah and her children live rightfully and happily together in their family home. “I feel safe, my children have a place to rest their head and I can make a garden to feed them and myself. God sent redeemers to fight for my land rights. I am overfilled with joy.” Thank you for your support which enables hundreds of women like Garmah remain in their homes during times of struggle. Other examples of our work can be found in our World Gift catalogues or website worldgifts.cafod.org.uk.
Have a wonderful Christmas.”
Pope Francis’s Prayer to Our Lady Untier of Knots
Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the day of your life, you accepted with
full humility the Father’s will, and the devil was never capable of tying you up with
Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties, and full of kindness and
patience, you gave us example of how to untie the knots in our life. By remaining
forever Our Mother, you put in order and make more clear the ties that link us to
Holy Mother, Mother of God and our Mother, to you who untie with a motherly
heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of
the person), and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our
Through your grace, your intercession and your example deliver us from all evil,
Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that
we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts
placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters.
Over the years, Christians have developed a variety of devotions and symbols to help them observe the Advent season. Each in its own way helps visualize the Advent experience of waiting and watching, listening and preparing for the celebration of Jesus's birth at Christmas, for the advent of Christ's presence in our daily lives, and for the Lord's return at the end of time. In his Angelus message for the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, Pope Francis reminded us that " Advent…is a time of expectation and a time of hope." Advent “reminds us that God is present in history to lead it to its ultimate goal and to lead us to its fullness, which is the Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ. God is…the 'God-with-us', God is not distant…. God walks beside us to support us…. He accompanies us through the events of our lives to help us discover the meaning of the journey, the meaning of everyday life and to give us courage when we are under duress or when we suffer."
THE ADVENT WREATH is one of the most recognized Advent symbols and a common Advent devotion. It consists of a horizontal wreath of evergreens into which four candles are placed -- three purple candles (a sign of royalty) and one pink candle (a sign of joy). The candles are lit in succession for each week of Advent. The circle of evergreens represent God's never-ending love for humankind; the candles symbolize the long years during which the Hebrew people waited for the promised Messiah who, when he arrived, enlightened a world made dark by human ignorance and sin with the light of God's love and forgiveness. The first two purple candles, lit during the first two weeks of Advent, represent hope and faith; the pink candle, lit during the third week, symbolizes joy; the third purple candle, lit during the last week of Advent, symbolizes peace -- all four representing the gifts which the Son of God's Incarnation bring to human kind.
Lighting of the candles is accompanied by prayers and scripture readings which also remind us that the fullness of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ grows gradually, both in ourselves and in a world still waiting for the final expression of God's eternal kingdom of peace and justice. The Advent wreath is believed to have originated among German Lutherans in the sixteenth century, but did not become popular there until the mid-nineteenth century; it was gradually adopted by other Christian denominations.
Funeral – Thursday 16th December, 3.20pm at N.E. Surrey Crematorium
We send our prayers and condolences to the family of Michael McAndrew who died recently. We remember especially his daughter Cherrie and all who knew Michael.
May Michael Rest In Peace and Rise In Glory.
Funeral – Wednesday 8th December, 2.40pm at N.E. Surrey Crematorium
We have just learnt of the death of Dennis Leadley who died on 5th November at the age of 81 years. Dennis was a parishioner of St. Teresa’s who regularly attended the Saturday Vigil Mass. Please remember in prayer the soul of Dennis and all those who knew him.
May Dennis Rest In Peace and Rise In Glory.