16th December, 2012 (Third Sunday of Advent)

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




Times of Mass and Devotions

Sun  16 Dec 9.15am HF   Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
  11.00pm HA Third Sunday of Advent Margaret Fitzpatrick (RIP)
   12.30pm HA Children’s Christmas Party  
    5.30pm  HA    Gloria Holland (RIP)
Mon 17  Dec     NO MASS  
Tue 18  Dec 9.30am
Weekday of Advent
Funeral of Eileen Eastwood (RIP)
Philip & Frances Sackwood (RIP) Nov. List
Wed 19 Dec 9.30am HA Weekday of Advent John Thorpe (RIP) November List
Thu  20 Dec 7.30pm HF Liturgy of the Word (Deacon John) John & Mary Hale (RIP) Nov. List
Fri    21  Dec 12.00pm HA Weekday of Advent John & Johanna Connoas & family (RIP) Nov. List
Sat  22   Dec  5.30pm HA Two Churches Festival of Remembrance Carol Service  
Sun   23 Dec   9.15am HF   Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
 4th Sunday of Advent Father Jim Martin (RIP)
Jannis Jones (RIP)

 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


Third Sunday of Advent

Entrance Hymn:  HA:  360     HF: S2 or 859 As I kneel before you
Offertory:  HA:  167   HF:   79 Bethlehem of Noblest Cities
Final Hymn:  HA:  880   HF: 684 Tell out my soul



Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy Group: Week 3 of Advent – Mary visits Elizabeth – Sung to: “Baa Baa Black Sheep”

Mary called on her cousin one day
Knocked on the door and then did say,
! have good news, I must share such joy
For very soon I’ll give birth to a boy!.
Mary answered the Angel’s call
The child she carried is the Saviour of all.



Date for DiarySaturday 9th Feb The youth group are holding a games fund raising afternoon at Holy Family followed by a fish and chip supper. (info to follow shortly)

HolyFamilyChurchCatholic Parish Farnham, Hale, Weybourne & Badshot Lea

Holy Family Christmas Eve Tableau 2012
during Christmas Eve 5.30pm Mass at Holy Family

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

Christmas Confessions:

Father Paul will be available to hear Christmas Confession after the 11am Mass.  To give you some privacy and peace he may hear them in the Parish Office (go through the Sacristy door)


Christmas Lunch: I have been asked to place a very big vote of thanks to the ladies who organized last Wednesday’s Christmas Lunch.  The occasion was a great success and the food was superb.  No wonder people here saying it would be good to have a Christmas Lunch every week!!


A Prayer for before and after Mass can be found on the back inside cover of the Hymn Books.  We hope they will be helpful to you.


Mother and Toddler Group – Meet Tuesday in St. 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. Please pray for Eileen Eastwood whose funeral is next Tuesday, 18th Dec.


Father David’s News

Festival of Remembrance Carol Service:  5.30pm on Saturday, 22nd December.  This will be an ecumenical service and we will be joined by Revd. Alison Craven of St. Marks Anglican Church,Normandy.  Would those who are regular Holy Angels parishioners be ambassadors for Holy Angels and ensure that our visitors are looked after and get a good welcome?  Thank you.

Midnight Mass:  As Midnight Mass is shared jointly between Holy Angels and Holy Family it is only right that people from both churches get a chance to take an active part in the Mass.  It is, therefore, very important that we have a combined Choir or Singers practice. Alternative date suggested is Tuesday, 18th Dec at 8pm at Holy Angels.

Christmas Offering

Our Priest receives no wages or salary from the parish.  The Christmas and Easter Offering help towards his holidays and personal expenses.  For those who do not have offertory envelopes, Christmas Offering envelopes are on the table near the church door.  Thank you for your generosity.

If you like me have been disappointed at the declining choice of Christmas cards reflecting the real meaning of Christmas and still have cards to send, there are some lovely post cards (20p each) of an icon of the Holy Family available at Church today.  These can be slipped or glued into a Christmas Card and they are so attractive the people you send them to may decide to keep them.  There are also some free Christmas Greetings inserts that you may like to include in your cards.

This Sunday, Rose or Pink are worn by the Priest to remind us that although Advent is a time of prayer and preparation for Christmas, we can begin to get excited as the birth of Christ is now within our vision.

When we light the 3rd Rose Advent Candle this Sunday we recall the visit of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth, “Passing on the News of the coming birth of Christ”.  On this Sunday the stable in front of the Altar reminds us thatBethlehem was the centre and family home town ofJoseph and so the right place for the birth of Jesus.  The empty stable and the Candle remind us on this Sunday to pray for our extended family, our grandparents, cousins, Aunts and Uncles that they too may hear the good news of the coming birth of Jesus.

God Bless you all       Father David.

Christmas Services

Two Churches 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 tradition of decorating a Fir Tree to celebrate the birth of Christ is attributed to St. Boniface (675-755) a british missionary monk from Devon who is said to have cut down a ‘pagan oak’ and replaced it with a Fir Tree decorated with a star and lights as a symbol (like the Easter Candle) of Christ as the Light of the world and the Tree of Life.

On the last Sunday of Advent at the end of Mass in both our churches the names of those remembered with Stars on our parish Christmas Trees will be read out and a member of our youth group will be invited to turn the Tree lights on.