LATEST PARISH NEWS

ADDITIONAL NOTICES SHEET accompanies this bulletin. If you are interested in diocesan events, please collect a copy from the back of the church.

JOHN (JACK) LITTLE, CORRECTION—Jack has passed away on Sunday 12th November and the Funeral took place on Friday 17th November. Apologies for any inconvenience the incorrect date published last week may have caused.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS HAMPERS This year we are putting together Christmas hampers for 30 families in the Croydon area. As always we rely on your generosity to provide the contents of the hampers. We would really appreciate it if you could donate one or more items from the list below to help brighten up Christmas for these families. Required items are: tinned ham, canned foods, Christmas puddings, fruit cakes, soft drinks, tea, coffee, packets of pasta and rice, canned fruit, sweets, and biscuits. Please leave donations at the Church from NEXT SATURDAY  until  SUNDAY DECEMBER 17TH. ALSO: We will soon have Columban Calendars for 2018  on sale at the Church door for $9 each and Christmas cards for only $6. Thank you very much and we wish you a very Happy Christmas from the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS 2017 The First Sunday of Advent is next week and as we prepare for Christmas, it becomes a very busy time.  We are also awaiting the coming of Jesus Christ into our world and lives. The Diocese of Wollongong has published a pocket-sized Advent & Christmas reflection book "Chosen" to prepare for the coming of Jesus into our world and lives.  Fourteen contributors, including Bishop Peter Ingham and Sr Hilda Scott from that Diocese have made beautiful contributions to help us be still each day, listening to God. "Chosen" also features beautiful religious artworks from the Masters.  I have purchased copies of the booklet which are available at the church entrance and a donation of $4 would be gratefully received.

1949 HAND CARVED PILGRIM STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA The statue will visit Holy Innocent's Parish Church on Sunday December 3rd for the 7.30 and 10.00am Masses and there will be a further talk at 11.30am after the final Mass with prayers of consecration and healing with Eucharistic and Marian devotions. All are welcome. More information on a pamphlet at the Back of church and Middle pew. Please note that the Feasta of Santa Barbara will also take place at 10.00am Mass.

RECENT RESTORATION Two HIC ciboria donated in 1924, the foundation year of our parish, were recently restored. By mistake or providence, one of them turned up in gold. The inscription on it is a little worn out and some puzzle solving skills are required. Fr. Peter has given it a go, however much guess work is involved and a second opinion is needed. An enlarged picture of the inscription is available from the middle pew. Please take a copy and offer your solution. The result will be published next week.

PARISH DIARY
2 Dec 2017—1st reconciliation, 2pm HIC church
3 Dec 2017—Festa of Santa Barbara, 10.00am, Partly in Italian; joined celebration with Our Lady of Fatima
3 Jun 2018—1st Holy Communion, 11.30am Mass

SURGE YOUTH This Friday night Surge Youth is going to look at "what am I watching?" A night where we go into how to discern what to watch and listen to, what you should be watching and what you shouldn't. Follow us on facebook.com/HICyouthministry and instagram @hic.ym

SURGE YOUTH FAMILY CHRISTMAS December the 15th, Surge Youth invites the whole family to a Surge Youth Christmas night! This is for the whole family (just have to have one child who is either in grade six this year or in high school), it is a night to see what we do at Surge Youth. But most importantly this is a night to prepare with your family for Christmas, for bringing Christ into our Christmas. There will be dinner and dessert, starting at 6:30pm going to 9pm in Holy Innocents Hall. Come along for a great night of fun, food and faith for the whole family. RSVP is a must for catering, please do so by Tuesday the 12th, to Eliza on 0432333549 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACYF BLESSING This weekend at 10am Sunday Mass our three teenager who has decided to go to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival will be receiving a blessing to prepare them for this pilgrimage. I ask that you keep Stefan, Thomas and Sofia in your prayers as they prepare to go on this pilgrimage and to encounter our Lord.