30th November, 2013 – First Mass (First Sunday of Advent)

1st Sunday of Advent



Times of Mass and Devotions

Sat  30  Nov 5.30pm HA First Mass Holy Souls Book of Remembrance
Sun   1  Dec 9.15am HF The Feast of Christ the King Frank Cahill (recovering from an operation)
  11.00am HA  Thirty Fourth Sunday Gloria Holland (RIP)
Mon  2 Dec      NO MASS  NO MASS
Tue  3 Dec 10.00am HF  Week 34 in Ordinary Time Ita Burton (RIP)
Wed 4 Dec 9.30am HA Week 34  in Ordinary Time Harry Tewkesbury (RIP)
Thu  5 Dec 7.30pm HF Week 34 in Ordinary Time Gloria Craven (RIP)
Fri     6 Dec 12.00pm HA Week 34 in Ordinary Time Emillio Petrillo (RIP)
Sat    7 Dec 5.30pm HA First Mass Mick Best (RIP)
Sun   8 Dec 9.15am HF First Sunday of Advent Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
  11.00am HA   Margaret Bramble (RIP)

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) during Advent
Holy Angels, Ash: Saturday, 14th December and 21st December from 4.20pm to 5.20pm (Eve. Mass at 5.30pm)
Holy Family, Farnham: 20th December at 6.15pm to 7.15pm followed by Mass at 7.30pm
Special Services with Confessions at both Churches for Advent and Lent

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday at Holy Family @ 7.00pm (in Church Hall)

 (Parish Office Hours: 9.30am – 1.30pm)

                        Please note:  HF = Holy Family, Heath End, Farnham and HA = Holy Angels, Ash


Second Collection

Next Sunday, 8th December there will be a Special Collection at both Churches for the Christmas Decorations.



1st December 2013 First Sunday of Advent
Cycle A (Sundays & Year II (Weekdays)

Entrance:          HA: 113  HF: 686 The Angel Gabriel
Offertory:         HA: 873  HF: 128 Come Lord Jesus ..
Final Hymn:     HA: 768  HF: 268 How lovely on the ..



Last Weekends Collections at Holy Family and Holy Angels Church

Holy Angels:      £234.29    Philippines   £203.05
Holy Family:      £187.00   


First Holy Communion

Saturday 7th December – First Holy Communion Class, 9am at Holy Family

Sunday 8th December – First Holy Communion Children’s Mass, 9.15am, Holy Family (Tea and coffee beings served in the hall downstairs following this Mass)


Holy Family Church Catholic Parish Farnham, Hale, Weybourne & Badshot Lea

Mary’s MealsTODAY is the closing date for donations of items. Please leave all donations in HF church foyer, or pass to members of the J&P team. Thank you.


St Polycarp’s Christmas Fair – Next Saturday 7th December 201311.30am – 2.30pm in the school hall.  Stalls, Refreshments, Santa’s Grotto, Secrets Room, Raffle, etc.  Please come and support your local school if you can.
Children’s Tableau as part of the Christmas Eve Mass at 5.30pm at Holy Family this year.  All children from both parishes are welcome.  Two children will be chosen to be Mary and Joseph who will lead the procession (costumes provided).  If you would like to put your child forward for either part, please place your child’s name and contact details on the form at the back of the church and a draw will take place week commencing Sunday 15th December.  All children are invited to dress up as Shepherds, Angels, Kings etc.  There will be a liturgy and activity downstairs as normal.  [Please contact Julie Mulhern on julie_pettigrew@hotmail.com or 07957 387754 for more details.]
Diocesan Jubilee Discussion Group: Held each Monday at Ann Martindale’s house. (All welcome)Please
contact Ann direct or Father David or Deacon John Edwards for more information.


Advent Lunch – J&P team will be holding an Advent Lunch – soup and rolls and cheese, on Friday 13 December at 12.30.  All profits will be sent via CAFOD to help those suffering in the Philippines, and will be an ideal opportunity for us as fellow Catholics to offer some practical help at this Christmas time .


Holy Angels  Catholic Parish for Ash, Nr. Aldershot,  Ash Vale, Tongham & Normandy

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine – Next Saturday 7th December after evening MASS our young people would like to invite all parishioners from both parishes to join them for mince pies and mulled wine.  We will be asking for donations as this is our youth’s first fundraising event of their new academic year.  Funds raised will be used to help defray some of the costs for the youth retreat next April.


Open after all Masses.  Christmas Cards from 5p each.  Small Bethlehem Cribs, £1.50. Larger ones available.  Also children’s Christmas books, Rosaries, statues and crucifixes.  Special Order Service for Christmas. 
Diocesan Jubilee Discussion Group: for Holy Angels takes place on Thursday evening at 7.30pm for 7.45pm in St. Mary’s room.  For further details please contact Richard Brennan , mobile: 07867 804355.”



Next Baptism Course: TBC. Please make an appointment to see the Priest/Deacon to discuss what you need to do to prepare for your child’s baptism. If you are new to the Parish, please complete pink Registration Form and make yourself known to Father David or Deacon John after Mass.


Prayer Requests

Please remember the sick in your Prayers, Barbara O’Brien, Deacon David Morgan, Edd Turnell, Newton Abrew and Tony Rankmore after an operation. Thank you. (If you would like prayers for friends or family members, please first check with that person that they are happy for their name to be mentioned in the weekly Newsletter.)

Prayer Group – for both Holy Angels and Holy Family takes place once a month on a Tuesday.  The next date is next Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013. 14th January, and 11th February, 2014.Coffee at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. To be held in the Parish Office


Father David Message

Yateley Manor Boys Choir will be leading the joint Carol Service for Holy Angels and Holy Family at Holy Angels on Thursday, 19th December at 7.30pm in Aid of Syrian Children in Refugee Camps.  If you can display a poster for this event, please take one and invite your family and neighbours to join us for this community event to help Children in Syria.

Philippines Aid for Typhoon Victims
Eat all you can Chicken or Vegetarian Curry Supper, Saturday, 14th Dec. at Holy Angels Church. 6.30pm for serving at 7pm. (Tickets includes a free draw ticket and the draw will take place at the supper.  If at the last minute you are unable to come please register your Ticket No. with the Parish Office on Friday, 13th Dec. before 1.30pm)  Adults £6      Children £3.

Ice-cream and Banana Fritters optional at £1 adults. 50p. Children. 

Bring your own wine or soft drinks.  Tea and Coffee available free.  Other drinks on sale.  Also Children’s Tuck Shop available.


Countdown to Christmas – Week One

The first week of Advent introduces our “Count Down” to Christmas.  On the first Sunday of Advent we light the First Candle on the Advent Wreath which reminds us of the Angel Gabriel telling Mary that God had chosen her to be the Mother of his Son, Jesus and the beginning of a whole new relationship with us.  The round wreath of green represents the world into which that message came.
The four weeks of Advent are a time when we prepare ourselves spiritually and mentally to celebrate on Christmas night and Christmas Day the new relationship God has with us which he set in place through the birth on earth of his Son, Jesus.  If we do not prepare both spiritually and in our hearts and minds for Christmas, we cannot expect to have a real Christmas.  We may have the giving and receiving of gifts, the extra special food, but without an understanding of the huge significance of how the birth of Jesus changed our lives, we throw away the true value of Christmas and miss the jewel which we discard with the wrapping.  The real Gift of Christmas is not just for Christmas but for every day of our lives.
Confession is the act of being Reconciled and at Peace with God.  Christmas Confessions will be available at Holy Angels on Saturday, 14th December and 21st December from 4.20pm to 5.20pm (Evening Mass at 5.30pm) and at Holy Family on Friday, 20th December at 6.15pm to 7.15pm. followed by Mass at 7.30pm.

God Bless you all            Father David