2nd December, 2012 -First Sunday of Advent

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

HOLY ANGELS CHURCH is open Monday – Friday
9am – 1.00pm
For Visits and Prayer.




Times of Mass and Devotions

Sun 2 Dec 9.15am HF   Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
  11.00pm HA First Sunday of Advent Anna & Angelo Vella (RIP)
   5.30pm HA   Special Intentions of the Watkins family
Mon 3 Dec     NO MASS    
Tue 4 Dec  9.30am
Weekday of Advent
Funeral of Janis Jones
Edith Bywater (RIP)
Wed 5 Dec 9.30am HA Weekday of Advent  Marion Jenkins and Betty Roxbury (RIP)
Thu  6 Dec  7.30pm HF Weekday of Advent (Confession) Elizabeth Wells (RIP)
Fri    7 Dec 12.00pm HA Mem:  St. Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor of the Church (Confession) John and Michael Cash and Dolly Bryen (RIP) (Nov. list)
Sat 8 Dec    9.00am  HF  Children’s First Holy Communion Class  
Sun 9 Dec 9.15am  HF First Holy Communion Children’s Mass Special Intentions of Jackie O’Dwyer
     11.00am  HA Second Sunday of Advent Special Intentions of the Aliyar Family
   5.30pm  HA   Special Intentions of the people of the Parish

 Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)
Holy Angels, Ash: First Friday of month after 12pm Lunchtime Mass
Holy Family, Farnham:  First Thursday of month after 7.30pm Evening Mass
Special Services with Confessions at both Churches for Advent and Lent

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on 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

TODAY  there will be a Second Collection for the Christmas Decorations.



First Sunday of Advent

Entrance Hymn:  HA:  686   HF: 113 The Angel Gabriel
Offertory:  HA: 92   HF:  243
Hark a herald voice
Final Hymn:  HA:  762    HF: 59
At the name of Jesus



Bring a Plate Meal – Sharing

The first phase of the Diocesan Jubilee talks are coming to an end and to celebrate the theme “Worship” we are arranging “a bring a plate dinner for sharing”.
It will be held in the Holy Family church hall following the 7.30pm Mass on Thursday, December 13th.  All are welcome.  We hope you are able to come.


Prayer Group: Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 in Parish Office at Holy Angels Church from 7.30pm



PLEASE NOTE:  The Saturday Evening Vigil Mass will now start at the earlier date of 5.30pm every Saturday from 29th December, 2012 at Holy Angels Church, Ash.


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

Youth Mass at Holy Family on the 13th January, 2013.

Mother and Toddler Group – Meet up every Thursday morning from 9.30am until 11.30am. 


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

Children’s Liturgy Group: Week 1 of Advent – Mary and Gabriel

Children will sing to tune of Twinkle “Twinkle Little Star”

Advent is a time to wait.
Not quite time to celebrate
Light the candles one by one.
Till the Advent time is done.
Christmas day will soon be here.
Time for joy and time for cheer.

Children’s Christmas Party – 16th December

In St. Mary’s Room at Holy Angels 12.30-2.0pm   Please kindly arrange to pick your child up by no later than 2.45pm. Thank you. (List available in the Church lobby. If you would like your child to attend need to know by 9th Dec. Print your child’s name, age and a telephone number (in case of an emergency) further information please email: johnandbec@ntlworld.com

Mother and Toddler Group – Meet every Tuesday inSt. Mary’s Room from 10.30am until 12.00pm. 



Please make an appointment to see the Priest/Deacon to discuss what you need to do to prepare for your child’s baptism.


Prayer Requests

Please remember in your prayers:  Robert Edwards baby Rosie Partridge and Daniel a relative of a Parishioner from Holy Angels. (We pray Lord for their complete recovery. Amen)

Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Janis Jones whose funeral is on Tuesday, 4th December.  We pray for all her family at this very sad time.


Father David’s News

Two Parishes Carol Service – Saturday 22nd December at 5.30pm – This year at Holy Angels Ash.  Readers from Holy Family needed for Luke 1 v26-35,  Prophet Mica 5 v2-5, Luke 2 v13-20.  Readers Holy Angels required for Matthew 1 v18-21, Luke 2 v8-12, John 3 v13-20.  (Simplified readings will be available if any children wish to volunteer.  Mince Pies from both churches are needed (Please see the list at the back of church today) Mulled wine and soft drinks will also be available.  This is a community event for people of all Faiths and none so please take the opportunity to invite your neighbours and friends.  The collection will be for the Humanitarian Aid for the Syrian Refugees.  Together we can make this a great event.

Churches Together in Aldershot have invited the Holy Angels community to join them to sing Carols outside Wilkinsons on Saturday, 15th Dec at 12.20pm or on Tues 21st Dec at 7.30-9pm at Caffe Macchiato inUnion Street,Aldershot.

The Advent wreath:  Each Sunday we will light an Advent Candle – each candle has a special significance.  The general theme is “Passing on the message of the coming of Christ”.

A. The 1st candle represents the Angel Gabriel passing the message to Mary.
B. The 2nd candle represents the Angel passing the message to Joseph.
C. The 3rd Candle represents Mary passing on the news to her family through her cousin Elizabeth.
D. The 4th candle represents the Angels passing on the news to the local community through the shepherds.

Who will we pass the message of the coming birth of Christ to???

During the four Sundays of Advent we use purple vestments.  In the time of Jesus in theRoman Empirepurple robes and since then in the Church purple has been a reminder that we are in a time of judging ourselves and if necessary putting things right so that we may worthily celebrate the great feasts of Christmas and Easter.

There have been some very nice and encouraging comments concerning last week’s article on The Sacrament of Reconcilation and what Confession can do for us.  Thank you.

Our Advent Penitential Service for both Holy Angels & Holy Family with a visiting Priest for Confession this year will be on Friday, 14th December at 7.30pm at Holy Angels, Church.  Confession will also be available this Thursday at Holy Family after the 7.30pm Mass and Friday after the 12 noon Mass

Midnight Mass music:  Wed, 19th December 7.30pm.

Proposed practice for any singers from Holy Family and Holy Angels who would like to help lead the singing at Midnight Mass (this year at Holy Angels).  One advantage is that you will be sure of a good seat!  If there are any problems with the date and time, please let Fr. David know by Wednesday this week. 

Star hanging cards of Remembrance for decorating the Christmas Tree for the names of loved ones who have died will be available from next Sunday.  Write the name you wish to remember on the card and bring it to the Altar at the Carol Service and the Youth Group (who will be decorating the tree will hang your star remembrance card on the tree on Christmas Eve.

God Bless you all,      Father David.


Christmas Services

Festival of Remembrance Carol Service in aid of Humanitarian Aid for Syria:

Saturday, 22nd December at 5.30pm at Holy Angels:  Hand Bells and organ, mince pies and mulled wine. Promises to be a very enjoyable event


Holy Family Catholic Church, Farnham, GU9 0LH

Christmas Eve:  5.30pm Children’s Christmas Mass (Carols)
Christmas Day:  9.15am Christmas Day Mass (Carols)


Holy Angels Catholic Church, Ash,  GU12 6LU

Christmas Eve:  11.30pm Carols and Midnight Mass
Christmas Day:  11.00am Christmas Mass with Carols
Saturday Vigil Mass:  5.30pm every Saturday from 29th December, 2012


The last couple of weeks have been a very difficult time for our Parish Office.  Our Computer Service Provider has made changes to our email which has made it impossible for us to receive emails on the Parish email address. Many thanks for your patience and to those who have supported Rita (our Parish Secretary) with advice and help at this time.