6th December, 2014 – First Mass (Second Sunday of Advent)

2nd Sunday of Advent


Times of Mass and Devotions

HA = Holy Angels Church, Ash GU12 6LU   HF = Holy Family Church, Farnham GU9 0LH

Sat    6 Dec  5.30pm HA First Mass – Fr. John Nuttall Mrs. Moug, Arthur Higgins & Abdullah Alliyar (RIP)
Sun   7 Dec  9.15am HF First Holy Communion Children’s Mass Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
  11.00am HA  Second Sunday of Advent Gloria Holland (RIP)
Mon   8 Dec     NO MASS  
Tue   9 Dec   9.30am  HF NO MASS  
Wed 10 Dec   9.30am HA Liturgy of the Word  


Thu  11 Dec   6.15pm HF Adoration  


HF MASS (followed by Reconciliation)  
Fri    12  Dec     NO MASS  
Sat   13  Dec   5.30pm HA First Mass – Fr. John Nuttall  
Sun  14 Dec   9.15am HF Third Sunday of Advent  
   11.00am HA    


Collections for 30th November, 2014

Holy Angels Offertory:                         £267.86
Flowers for Christmas:                         £157.23
Holy Family Offertory:                         £243.00
Flowers for Christmas:                         £119.00



International Supper

I just wanted to thank everyone for the amazing evening on Saturday – with ticket sales, heads and tails game and the raffle we raised an amazing £818.09.  Very special thanks go to Ann Armstrong for organising the event on behalf of our youth, all the cooks of the wonderful international cuisine, those who came along to support and eat and last but not least our wonderful young people who looked after guests throughout the evening. (Gloria Benson)


Finance: Both of our parishes are in a relatively healthy position at the moment. It is important, for both parishes that we try to balance our offertory income against our day to day outgoings. As you will well know, our running costs are always going up. This, along with the additional duty of providing a salary for a married priest in the new year, means we need to ensure that we receive as much support from you as possible. At this season of giving we ask you to review what and how you give. If you are able, could you give a little more? Do you gift aid your donation? Remember that this give us 25% additional income at no extra cost to you. Contact Florence and Alan Graham at Holy Family and Tim Flesher at Holy Angels, if you wish to join the scheme. Planned giving, using envelopes, is another way that helps us to plan. Using a standing order is also helpful. If you have any questions please speak to any of those named, Deacon John or contact the office.


 Churches Together Christmas Day

On your own on Christmas Day?

Churches Together in Farnham invite you to join them for Christmas Day Lunch. (NO CHARGE) You are warmly welcomed to a traditional Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings at 1 o’clock on Christmas Day at Brightwells Gostrey Centre, East Street, Farnham.

(To book a place, please ring Mariola Boyd 01252 716 785 or Michael McDonnell 01252 712 600 Before Friday, 12th December. Transport provided if required.)

Volunteers to help with Christmas Day Lunch for people who would otherwise spend the day on their own. The event takes place as above on Christmas Day. (For more information, [please see the Poster at the back of the Church)

There is a shortage of drivers (with cars) to pick up and return guests. Can you spare sometime on Christmas day 12:30 – 1:00 and 3:00 – 3:30 or thereabouts? Also someone to drive the Gostrey minibus. If you can do either  please contact Bob Skinner via email: bobskinn@aol.com or contact Deacon John.


Prayer Requests for the sick

Deacon David Morgan, Newton Abrew, Michael Brandon, Patrick Quinn, Maureen Cosgrove, Sean Flynn and Connie Tewkesbury.

We pray for all those in our two Parishes who are sick and need our prayers at this time.


Holy Family

Shoe Box Appeal

A certificate is available at the back of Holy Family church thanking the parishioners for their donation of 46 shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child?

Christmas Art Work: We will be making a large piece of artwork to go on the lawn over the Christmas period. You are invited to come and offer your ideas and begin preparations on TODAY at 2:00 pm in the hall. ALL AGES WELCOME. The work will continue on Saturday and Sunday 13/14 December to be ready for 20th December. More info from Deacon John.

Farnham Foodbank are looking for volunteers to collect food items at Waitrose Farnham on Saturday 6 December 2014 for 2 hour slots starting 9am and finishing 5pm. Please respond to Rose Williamson at Farnham Foodbank 01252 737586 or 07901581539 or email rose@farnham.foodbank.org.uk


Holy Angels

Treasurer: Rob Faul has unfortunately decided to stand-down from his role as Treasurer of the Finance Committee at the end of January for personal reasons. We would like to thank Rob for his service over the last four years which has been very much appreciated. This will mean that we shall require a new treasurer as part of the finance team. You don’t have to be an accountant but you will need to be good with figures. (If you are interested please contact Tim Flesher or Deacon John)


Children’s Liturgy Update: Please note that during Advent Children’s Liturgy will take place as follows:

3rd Sunday of Advent – 14th December

Children’s Liturgy at Holy Angels is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  We are still in need of catechists who would be happy to lead a session.   If you can help us, please contact Bec Newey on 07854 231469 or johnandbec@ntlworld.com

Prayer Group: takes place once a month on a Tuesday at Holy Angels Church in the Parish Office: 7.30pm for 7.4

5pm start. Next dates are: 13th Jan, 2015 and 10th Feb, 2015.


Advent Reconciliations

Holy Family, Heath End

Thursday 11th December:

Adoration from 6:15 pm followed by 7:30 pm Mass and reconciliation.
(Priests from Guildford)


Holy Angels, Ash

Wednesday 17th December:

From 6:45 pm followed by Mass at 7:30 pm.


 Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve @ Holy Family Church, Farnham

5:30pm        Family Mass for both Parishes.
(Fr. John Nuttall)

There will be a 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 forward your child’s name and age and your contact details to Julie Mulhern at julie_pettigrew@hotmail.com or Suzanne Anderson at scanderson28@yahoo.co.uk. The draw for Mary and Joseph will take place during the week commencing Sunday 15th December.  All other children are invited to dress up as Shepherds, Angels, etc.  There will be a liturgy and activities downstairs for the first part of the Mass.  

Christmas Day @ Holy Family Church, Farnham

9:15 am       Mass of Christmas Morning
(Fr. Aidan Rossiter)


Christmas Day @ Holy Angels Church, Ash

11:00 am     Mass of Christmas Morning
(Fr. Aidan Rossiter)


 An Advent Prayer

Our heavenly Father, as once again we prepare for Christmas, help us to find time in our busy lives for quiet and thought and prayer; that we may reflect upon the wonder of your love and allow the story of the Saviour’s birth to penetrate our hearts and minds. So may our joy be deeper, our worship more real, and our lives worthier of all that you have done for us through the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Frank Colquhoun

(Taken from The Book of a Thousand Prayers)