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The ‘Gesimas’

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According to Pope Saint Leo the Great, the forty days of fasting prior to Easter is of Apostolic origin. These forty days of Lent are a season of penance and preparation for the faithful as we prepare for the joyful commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ at Easter.

Lent is often seen as the time for ‘asceticism’ and asceticism originally referred to athletic rigour and competition. As you know, most professional sports also have a “pre-season” dedicated to preparing for the real season. Coaches know that their athletes need a few unofficial games to get back in the swing of things. It’s also a time for coaches to re-evaluate their strategies for the “real season.”

Centuries ago, the Greek (Orthodox) Churches began to anticipate the Great Lent by a lighter penitential pre-season prior to Lent. Pope Gregory the Great corresponded to this tradition and added three additional weeks of preparation prior to Ash Wednesday. These Sundays were called Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays – Latin for “seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth.” Continue reading The ‘Gesimas’

Parish Notices 3 Nov

  • TALENT SCHEME.  After Mass today Avril will be selling new silver jewellery at very low prices and John will be having a book sale – both over refreshments in the Hall.
  • LADIES’ GULD: meets tomorrow at 2.30pm Speaker: Mr David Hands about ‘Tracing the Family Tree’
  • ALL SOULS’ REMEMBRANCES: if there are names you wish to present at the All Souls’ Parish Service (this Wed 6 Nov @ 7pm), please take a card today, fill in the names and bring it with you when it will be included in the Remembrance Procession.
  • THIS YEAR’S DRAW: stubs need to be returned to Miriam by today, please.
  • SAVINGS CLUB: totalled cards should be given to Jenn by this Wednesday 6th November. Cheque payments will be made on 13 Nov and any cash payments on 20 Nov.
  • QUIZ NIGHT: tickets available for the Quiz Night this Fri 8th November.
  • BATH MONEY, PLEASE!: if you are joining the Shopping Trip on 14th November, please pay your £10 to Miriam on or before Sunday 10th November.
  • HOW IS YOUR TALENT GROWING?: remember – we present our talents (or their pledges) at 10am Mass on Advent Sunday, 1 December.
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please consider and speak to Fr David about joining the Serving, Offertory, Sidespeople and Scripture Readers Teams at Mass. Is God calling you?
  • GIFT DAY 2013: total proceeds to date are £1570.00. Thank you.

November & Advent dates for your diary

It’s a busy month and a half ahead in the Church’ s year so here are some dates and times for your diary to help your planning.

Wednesday 6 November
All Soulstide Service @ 7pm

Friday 8 November
Quiz Night and Grand Draw

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 10 NOVEMBER
Mass with Act of Remembrance 10am

Monday 11 November
PCC Meeting @ 7.30pm

Thursday 14 November
Parish Day-Trip to Bath

SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Parish Mass @ 10am

SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER – CHRISTUS REX
Parish Mass @ 10am

SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER  –  ADVENT I

Parish Mass of the Advent 10am
(with Offering of our 2013 Talents)

Advent Carols @ 6pm
(followed by refreshments)

SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER – ADVENT II
Parish Mass @10am

SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER – ADVENT III
All Age Mass with Christingle Liturgy @ 10am