St. Joseph's and St. Edmund's Southampton

1st December 2019
First Sunday of Advent

Mass Times: St Edmund: 9am, 11am & 7pm, St Joseph: 10am 

Readings at Mass: 1st Sunday of Advent
1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm: 121(122):1-2,4-5,6-9
2nd Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44





Thoughts for the week:                                                                            
1. “... stay awake ... stand ready...” Jesus exhorts us (Gospel). As we enter Advent (time of expectant waiting & beginning of the Year of ‘The God who Speaks’) how can you/me/us be ‘ready’ for our encounter with Christ?  
2. “Let us walk in the light of the Lord” Isaiah proclaims (1st reading). How can you walk in the Lord’s light? Through prayer/action/ contemplation?  
3. “...our salvation is even nearer...” St Paul writes (2nd reading). How can you embrace salvation now?  

VOCATIONS - “They shall beat their swords into plough shares and their spears into pruning hooks....” If you think that God is calling you to serve the Lord of the harvest as a priest, deacon, sister or brother and want to explore further, call Father John Cooke on Tel No 01329 318 869 or email:


MISSION PRAYER - I thank you almighty and ever loving Father for you have created me in such a way that I am able to experience and become a source of your merciful presence to my neighbour.Give me a renewed desire and the courage to be still in your presence. Allow your Holy Spirit to renew my inner-life. As I grow ever more conscious of my vocation to be a Disciple of your Son Jesus, with Mary as my companion on this journey; may your Light shine more brightly within me, your Love be shared more widely through me and my Gospel Witness be profound. Amen 

POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTION FOR NOVEMBER - EVANGELISATION -That every country may determine to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.


8th December 2019
Second Sunday of Advent

Mass Times: St Edmund: 9am, 11am & 7pm, St Joseph: 10am 


In response to ‘Our Common Home’ in September, and the ongoing articles by Bethany, the EST and Father Vincent have decided to set up a group to look at the issues involved. To look at the bigger picture, and to see how we as individuals, families, parish and society can respond. If you are interested please email Father Vincent

Saturday 7th December As you prepare for Christmas why not take some time out to be with the Lord at the beginning of the Season of Advent? The theme of the day will be the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of the Lord. The day will be held at Saint Joseph’s Centre, 8 Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7DU. The day will begin at 10am for 10:30am and finish at 4pm. Mass will be offered and there will be time for personal reflection and input from Father Des. Please bring some lunch. A suggested donation of £25 would be very helpful please.

If a family member is going into the General Hospital please let your local priest know (in case they require ‘Anointing’ before being admitted); also inform the Hospital Chaplaincy requesting a visit by the Team and, if appropriate, Holy Communion (or to arrange to attend the afternoon Mass in the Hospital)

The Mission
Thank you to all who planned, ran and got involved with the Mission held from 30 May - 9 June 2019.  A special thanks to Father Des, Tina Quinn, the ‘Welcomers’, ‘Hospitality Teams’ and musicians/singers.  Many of us have benefited from the 9 days of prayer, talks, reflections, conversations and Masses.  Now what next?  

- Consider a deeper involvement in Parish Life?  Let us know! 
- Baptism Team?
- Pre-Marriage Team?
- Winter shelter scheme?
- Reader, Eucharistic Minister?
- Welcomer, Hospitality…?
Maybe ‘Called and Gifted’ (July) or
- ‘Open Door Retreats’ (September) or
- ‘Week of Accompanied Prayer’ (November)

 See posters/TV in St Ed’s porch/Website for details 

Discipleship: To Encounter, To Abide, To Follow, To Evangelise




St. Joseph's and St. Edmund's ...

is a warm, welcoming and diverse Catholic community at the heart of Southampton. People from across the globe come regularly to worship here at one of the several Sunday or weekday Masses. Catholics and people of any Christian community or faith (or none) are able to use St Edmund's Church as a place of quiet and reflection throughout the day.

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