Dec 03
1st Sunday of Advent
10.30 am - People of the Parish

Dec 04
9.30 am -Sally Hall Intention

Dec 05
St Birinus
9.30 am - Eucharistic Service

Dec 06
9:30 am - Eucharistic Service

Dec 07
St Ambrose
9:30am - Eucharistic Service
10:00am-Adorationof the B Sacrament

Dec 08
7:00 pm - People of the Parish

Dec 09
5:45 am - Frances Eagles (RIP)

Baptism: we pray for Don Reigns Destiel Halahakone who will be baptised this Sunday. We pray for his parents Mark and Dinithi and also his godparents.
Keele Chapel Singers Concert: Voices in Harmony popular songs sacred and secular on Sun 10th Dec at 7.00pm. A £5 donation to ASHA may be made for the evening, which includes refreshments afterwards. Volunteer needed for the refreshments, to serve mulled wine and mince pies. Then to help tidy the St Catherine room afterwards.
Parish Priest : Fr. Michael Miners
Tel: 01782 844308
Email: michaelminersodcs@icloud.com
Parish Deacon: Rev Tony Bradshaw
Tel: 01782 614749
Email: a.bradshaw555@ntlworld.com
Priory House,
106 Hartshill Road,
Stoke on Trent,
ST4 7LT.
1 st Reading:Isaiah 63:16-17, 64:3-8 – Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down.
2 nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 – we are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
Gospel: Mark 13:33-37 – Stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming.
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We welcome Bishop Joseph Srampickal of the Syro-Malabar Rite Community to Stoke-on-Trent. He will be visiting all the families over which he has pastoral care. He will be celebrating Mass in our Church on a number of occasions over the next two weeks. We pray for all our families and friends during this blessed time with their Bishop...
"Sunday Reflection"
Today the Church begins the season of Advent which is divided into two parts: from the first Sunday to 16 December we prepare for the future coming of Jesus and from 17 to 24 December we recall His historic coming. The Church is a pilgrim Church. It journeys between this twofold coming of Jesus. During this journey the Church, like any other pilgrim, goes through a threefold experience of loneliness, hope and watchful waiting.

In moments of crisis and struggles we feel that we have been abandoned by God. It is not that God has deserted us but we have forgotten or ignored His presence with us. Even in such situations we have to believe that another world is possible. It is only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. We ought to hope for the intervention of the Lord and wait for it patiently, just as the Church waits vigilantly for the second coming of the Lord.

As we begin the season of advent and a new Liturgical Year today let us ask the Lord to grant us a deep sense of security and assurance during our journey of faith, a journey towards a new world of love, joy and peace. How do I handle the positive and negative experiences during my journey of faith?

Fr Robert D'Souza