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St. Anne's, Bohernabreena and Holy Rosary, Oldcourt

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It doesn’t seem like all that long ago when we were preparing for the season of Advent and yet, here we are again at the beginning of this beautiful season of preparation and expectation. The First Sunday of Advent heralds the beginning of the Church’s new liturgical year - an opportunity for us all to take stock of our relationship with God and avail of the opportunity to renew our friendship with the Lord.

Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.

On behalf of the parish team, I wish you all a prayerful and Spirit-led Advent as we eagerly await the birth of the Christ-Child and the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Fr. James

The Tradition and Meaning of the Advent Wreath

For many Christians, Advent wreaths are a favourite way to celebrate the month of December leading up to Christmas Day. Although Advent Wreaths are very popular, many are not aware of the rich meaning and symbolism embedded in this tradition.

DARKNESS AND LIGHT: Advent candles readily demonstrate the strong contrast between darkness and light, which is an important biblical image. Jesus referred to himself as the "Light of the World" that dispels the darkness of sin: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

SHAPE: The circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God's complete and unending love for us—a love that sent his Son into the world to redeem us from the curse of sin. It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ.

NUMBER: The Advent Wreath traditionally holds four candles which are lit, one at a time, on each of the four Sundays of the Advent season. Each candle represents 1,000 years. Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the world's Saviour—from Adam and Eve to Jesus, whose birth was foretold in the Old Testament.

Some Advent wreath traditions also include a fifth white "Christ" candle, symbolizing purity, that is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.

COLOUR: Violet is a liturgical colour that is used to signify a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice and is used during Advent and Lent. Advent, also called "little Lent," is the season where we spiritually wait in our "darkness" with hopeful expectation for our promised redemption, just as the whole world did before Christ's birth, and just as the whole world does now as we eagerly await his promised return.


During the first two weeks of Advent we light the first two purple candles. The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical colour that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent.

Then on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final purple candle is lit to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait expectantly for the soon-coming birth of the King of Kings.

Time for Prayer and Reflection

For the four Sundays of Advent, starting this Sunday 28th November, we are providing an opportunity to drop in for a period of quiet prayer and reflection, with Taizé music and occasional short readings, starting at 7.30pm in Holy Rosary Church. The Church will be open for an hour from 7.15pm. We invite you to join us, in taking some time out for yourself, for all or part of the hour on any of the Sunday evenings.

Family Offering, standing orders and donations from Parishioners are our sources of income and we appreciate the generosity of all our contributors. This money covers the day to day running of our churches which includes altar supplies, utility bills, insurance, small repairs and maintenance, wages, etc. Without this fund we would not be able to continue, therefore we constantly seek new donors and welcome any contribution. Standing orders or Payzone are our preference to reduce administrative costs, but boxes of weekly envelopes are also available from our parish offices.

Please phone the parish office if you require any help or clarification on any of the above.

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PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD: We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen

A MEDITATION ON THE PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD: We stand before you, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name. With you alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how to pursue it.

Standing is a very old way of praying. When we stand for prayer it’s the posture of a grateful heart. When the early Christians gathered, they stood together with arms outstretched, giving thanks. We stand because God is here, with us standing right beside us.

Gathering, this is what we are all about. Where two or three are gathered in His name, there is Church. The gathering is ecclesia. We become the People of God by gathering. Make your home in me as I make mine in yours. How does it feel, to know that God has made his home in your heart? When we are in touch with this sense of presence, we can easily know what is asked of us. Listening deeply to understand the movement of the Spirit in our hearts, helps us to know what to do. It’s only when we have a teachable heart that we can really open up to the influence of the Spirit and take the Spirit’s lead. The Synodal Path is truly Spirit led. We pray that we will open our hearts and our minds to the lead of the Spirit trusting in God and not in ourselves.

Bohernabreena Children’s Choir

The Bohernabreena Children’s Choir (St Anne’s Church) returns after a very long break and we are looking for new members to join us. Initially our main focus is our very popular Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve. Practice continues every Wednesday evening (6pm - 7pm) in Rosanna Hall, Bohernabreena. Any queries don’t hesitate to contact Niamh on 087-7817204 or Joe on 087-6122472. Please come along and try it out!

Church shop

During the weeks coming up to Christmas, we will have a small ‘Church Shop’ at the back of Holy Rosary Church selling Christmas themed items (children's books, nativities, candles, cards etc.) as well as some general items such as baptism candles, rosaries, etc. all at very reasonable prices. Signed Christmas Mass cards will also be available. The shop will operate after weekend masses, and during office hours, and we welcome your support.

Eucharistic Adoration

will take place in St Martin de Porres Church on the following times and all are invited to attend:

Sunday 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Monday 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Wednesday Following 10.00am Mass until 12 noon

Thursday 7.00pm - 8.00pm


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to support those seeking assistance to the best of our availability. For the many families that are helped they are faced daily impossible choices, but at this time of year for many these impossible choices get harder, put oil in the tank or get the present on their child’s list. This year, more than ever, your help is needed to make sure that children and families have what they need to share in the magic of the season.

On Sunday 11th December, St Vincent de Paul will be holding a church collection in the hope to raise funds for people who are struggling this Christmas. For more information please contact your local SVP Volunteers

World Youth Day LISBON 2023

Christ The King and Celebrating youth and young adults in the Church.

Pope Francis has released his message for the 36th World Youth Day which will be held on 21 November (Solemnity of Christ the King) at the local level on the theme: “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.” (cf. Acts 26:16)

The Feast of Christ the King has been designated as the day the universal Church will celebrate God’s gift of youth and young adults. It is a day set aside to remind the whole Church the important task of accompanying young people on their journey through life. It is proposed that parishes, communities of faith and groups of young people set aside time to renew and recommit their apostolate to youth. Pope Francis has invited the whole Church to celebrate young people annually on Christ the King.

Weekend masses will be celebrated at the following times:

6pm Vigil Saturday Holy Rosary Church

7pm Vigil Saturday St Martin de Porres Church

8.30am and 11.30am Sunday St Anne’s Church

10.30am Sunday Holy Rosary Church

9.30am and 12.30am Sunday St Martin de Porres Church

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


ACCORD Dublin has a new website

For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit www.accorddublin.ie

First Communion/Confirmation Gifts+Religious Items

A selection of First Holy Communion gifts, Confirmation gifts, rosary beads, bookmarks, baby gifts, etc. are available from the parish office at Holy Rosary Church during office hours.

150th Anniversary Book St. Anne's

The St Anne’s Church Committee produced a wonderful book to commemorate this special year in our parish. It looks back on the history of St Anne’s, records the celebration events and also reflects on the future.

It contains lovely accounts, photos, drawings, poems by the children and many friends of St Anne’s. It is a truly valuable record of our community and heritage.

Every household in the parish should have one. It will also make a special Christmas present for one and all. It only costs €10 and is available from the parish office at St Anne's Church.

We, the people of God in Bohernabreena Parish, who worship in St Anne's and Holy Rosary, guided by the Holy Spirit and inspired by the love of Jesus Christ, are committed to creating a caring, welcoming community where there is justice for all.