Anniversaries: Joanna Mary Newitt, Fr Aidan Gilman OSB, Patrick Brent Grotrian, Patricia Chaytor
HOME COMMUNIONS If you require Holy Communion at home, please contact Christopher Wilding, Fr Kentigern or Fr Bernard either by e-mail or leave a telephone message by 8.00pm on Friday evening stating whether you require a weekly visit or a one-off call. Someone will then be in contact to arrange a suitable day and time to visit.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS Friday 15 December: Ampleforth Abbey Carol Service 2.00pm Sunday 17 December: Youth Church “Advent Adventure” Service – St Hilda’s 4.30pm Monday 18 December: Young Adults Holy Hour and Social – 7.30pm Tuesday 19 December: Ampleforth Christmas Carol Service – St Hilda’s 6.30pm Sunday 7 January: Epiphany Bring & Share Lunch Weekend 20/21 January: Visitation by Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey
LITURGY & WORSHIP - (Coordinators Clare Lally & David Cragg-James)
CHURCH CLEANING WORKING PARTY Those free and available are invited to join a working party to deep clean the church in readiness for Christmas. Work starts at 2.00pm on Saturday 9 December.
Discipleship & Formation – (Coordinators Dominic Carter & _____)
WORLD COMMUNITY OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Gathers each Monday in St Benedict’s Hall at 2pm, and on Thursdays via Zoom at 8pm.
CHRISTIAN MEN OF THE VALLEY Meet each Monday at 8.00pm to share faith, friendship and interests.
CENTERING PRAYER DAY Centering Prayer is a simple but profound method of silent prayer. In Centering Prayer, we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. We are holding a day to explore Centering Prayer at St Bernadette’s Church, Gypsy Lane, Middlesbrough TS7 0EB on Saturday 9th December. The day is suitable for those who have never attempted Centering Prayer before, as well as those who may wish to refresh their practice. 9.30am refreshments for a 10am start. Finish by 3pm. Bring your own packed lunch. There is no cost for the day.
FELLOWSHIP & SOCIAL – (Coordinators Jennie & Greg Black)
SATURDAY SOCIAL Refreshments after Vigil Mass in St Benedict's Hall on Saturday 9th December. Last one before Christmas. Come and meet your fellow parishioners!
EVANGELISATION, OUTREACH & MISSION – (Coordinators Robert Toone & ______)
WINTER WARM SPACES Ampleforth Warm Winter Spaces started again on November 22nd 12.00 – 3.00pm in Ampleforth Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a simple meal, try your hand at knitting, join in a board game or just chat with friends over tea and cake. No pre- booking required, free entry. Transport can be provided. For more information contact Mary on 07732 786643.
CAFOD Donate to CAFOD’s Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal at cafod.org.uk/ipc or call 0303 303 3030.
MIDDLESBROUGH FOOD BANK Thank you for your amazing generosity in the Christmas Appeal well over 200kg were delivered on Tuesday 5 December. Special thanks go to the staff, parents and children of our Primary School. Watch out for details of the next delivery date.
ABCD BETHLEHEM An Exhibition and Sale of Art Christmas Gift Stall
Cop28 JUSTICE AND PEACE From Nov.30 until Dec.12, the world-wide global-heating summit takes place in the UAR. As Pope Francis asks in Laudate Deum, please take an active interest in the meetings and pray for hearts to change. MESSAGE FROM ABBOT ROBERT FOR WORLD AIDS DAY (1 December) I would like to say thank you to everyone who supports those living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. Because you care and because of your generosity many people who would otherwise die have hope and life. I wanted you to know that I offered Mass especially for the parishioners of Our Lady and St Benedict last Sunday when I celebrated the Mass with the College students. You got a special mention in the homily as people who witness to hope. Thank you.