Monthly Archives: December 2012

Feast of the Holy Family

The message of Pope Benedict spoken at the Angelus address for today (30th December)

Mary and Joseph’s concern for Jesus is the same as every parent who educates a child, introduces them to life and to understanding reality. Today, therefore, we should say a special prayer to the Lord for all the families of the world. Imitating the Holy Family of Nazareth, may parents seriously concern themselves about the growth and education of their children, so that they may mature as responsible and honest citizens, without ever forgetting that faith is a precious gift to be nourished in their children through personal example. At the same time we pray that every child is welcomed as a gift from God, is sustained by the love of the father and mother in order to advance as the Lord Jesus “in wisdom and age and favour before God and man ” (Lk 2: 52). The love, loyalty and dedication of Mary and Joseph are an example for all Christian couples who are neither the friends nor masters of their children’s lives, but the guardians of this incomparable gift from God.

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Come Home for Christmas

This Christmas we want to encourage all members of St Robert’s parish to “come home” for Christmas. Why? Because Christmas is a time for the entire parish family to recall the beauty and the wonder of the birth of Christ, our Saviour.  If you have not attended Mass for some time you are very welcome. Please, come home for Christmas! This invitation also extends to those who are not attached to any particular church or who are not churchgoers at all. You are all welcome at St Robert’s this Christmas.

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all!

Fr Lawrence Jones and Fr Jim Doherty

Christmas Services

St Robert of Newminster Church
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
6.00pm First Mass of Christmas with Children’s Nativity
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day)
Midnight Mass with Carols and Readings from 11.30pm.
10.00am Mass of Christmas Day
(No 9.00am or 11.00am Mass)
Wednesday 26th December to Saturday 29th December
Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 30th December (Holy Family)
Masses at 9.00am 11.00am and 7.00pm
Monday 31st December
Mass at 10.00am
Tuesday 1st January (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God)
Mass at 11.00am
Wednesday 2nd January to Saturday 5th January
Mass at 10.00am
Sunday 6th January (Epiphany of the Lord)
Mass at 9.00am, 11.00am and 7.00pm
Children are invited to come to Mass today dressed as kings and queens or at least wearing a crown. At 9.00am Mass there will be a grand procession for all the children from the church hall. Please assemble in hall at 8.55am.  There will be a celebration for everyone after each Mass in the church hall. Please bake some Kingy Cake.
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) immediately after 9.15am Mass (appox 9.45am)
and 11.00am to 12noon.