Weekly Bulletin

Sacrament of Penance, Advent 2018: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, after Mass at:

Seaton on Wednesday 19 December

Lyme Regis on Thurs 20 December

Axminster on Fri 21 December.

During the period of Exposition there will an opportunity for confession. This is in addition to the normal availability of this sacrament, which is 5pm – 5.15pm on Saturday in Seaton and 8.30am – 8.45am on Sunday in Axminster.

Christmas Hamper Winners: We are delighted to announce the winners as follows:

Axminster

Large Hamper: P Stark

Small Hamper: J Butler

Lyme Regis

Large Hamper: G Davies

Small Hamper: L Berry

Seaton

Large Hamper: J Dunnon

Small Hamper: V Parker

The hampers will be taken to the relevant churches for collection after Mass this weekend.

We raised £557 in total; £120 in Axminster, £214 in Lyme and £223 in Seaton. We would like to thank everybody who so generously donated the hamper items and everybody that supported our parishes through buying tickets.

End of Term School Mass:10am, Friday 21st December, St. Mary’s Church, Axminster – We will celebrate an “end of term” school Mass in the church on Friday. Please make every effort to come and support our school staff and children.

Christmas Mass Times: On Christmas Eve there will be a Vigil Mass at 7.30pm with carols from 7.15pm in Seaton and Midnight Mass at 11pm in Lyme Regis. The Christmas Day service will be held in Axminster at 10.30am and the New Years’ Day service will be held in Axminster at 10am.

Three Parish 100 Club: Numbers are selling fast! This is a monthly draw that we will be running in order to raise money for the three churches whilst giving something back to you, our supporters. Buy a number for just £1 per month (payable in advance) for the chance to win £10! If you would like to enter, please take a subscription form from the back of church and return it completed to the Parish Office ready for the first draw starting 1st January! The more numbers you buy, the more chance you have of winning!

Three Parish News Magazine Articles: The Three Parish News Magazine is due out in the Spring and articles on suitable subjects are very much appreciated! In this centenary year of the Great War, we would like to publish stories or accounts from those who served. Have you a relative that you may like to tell us about? As a guide, half a page is about 250 words with a photo. Please correspond with pap.porteous@btinternet.com

Readers for Axminster: We need volunteers for our readers’ rota in Axminster please. If you are able to help, please contact Helen Smith on 01460 220770 or by email helen22smith@btinternet.com. Thank you

Handmade Christmas Cards: Handmade Christmas cards are again available in the school room in Lyme Regis or direct from Jo (01297 443796). Price held at £2 a pack of 5 cards. The full £2 is being donated to LymZim. There are also a few little gifts for sale on the LymZim table along with the cards.

CAFOD Christmas Gifts: CAFOD has some great Christmas ideas to help make a difference to the lives of families living in developing countries. Brochures can be found at the back of the church to take after Mass. The range of gifts available can also be seen and ordered online at cafod.org.uk/worldgifts.

Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth) Windows Across the Diocese 2019 Calendar: Please help support this very worthwhile cause by buying a beautiful 2019 calendar, which also features our magnificent window in St. Michael and St. George Church, Lyme Regis. Calendars are only £5 + £1 p & p. Please send your details and a cheque made payable to ‘Catholic Children’s Society Plymouth’ to St. Boniface House, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7JL. Calendars are also available on a sale or return basis if you would like to sell them at a seasonal event such as an autumn or Christmas fayre. For more information, please call 01364 645420. Thank you

GATHER 2019: 18th – 20th January, Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay – The GATHER Conference brings together people from across the Diocese of Plymouth and further afield for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. Speakers include director of Catholic educational charity Educarem, Sr. Judith Russi, theologian and lecturer in bioethics, Pia Matthews, newly appointed CEO of Plymouth CAST, Raymond Friel, and international speaker, author and facilitator David Wells. There will be shared liturgies, prayer space, inspiring workshops and evening entertainment. The residential rate is £155 and includes 2 nights bed and breakfast, lunch, Saturday evening meal and refreshments. There is a single room supplement of £20. The non-residential rate is £45 and includes full conference attendance, lunch, Saturday evening meal and refreshments. Please ask one of the Parish Secretaries for a booking form.

Diocese of Plymouth Lourdes Pilgrimage: The Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place from 1st – 8th August 2019. If you would like to attend, please see the poster on the notice board or take a booking form from the back of the church. Thank you

Lym Zim: The winner on 9/12 was M Bossy.

Axminster Office Hours: Monday 9am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 9.30am – 2pm, Wednesday 9am – 2pm, Thursday 9am – 12.30pm & Friday 9am – 1pm

A thought for the week from Pope Francis:

“The key that opens the door to faith is prayer. But it is one thing to pray, and another thing to say prayers.”

‘Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom, The Essential Teachings’ by Andrea Kirk Assaf, Harper Collins Publishers, 2015