DECEMBER 2018 COMING EVENTS
We wish you every blessing of the Christmas Season
TIMES OF CHRISTMAS SERVICES
|Sunday 23rd December||ADVENT 4||9.00 am Sung Eucharist|
|Monday 24th December||CHRISTMAS EVE||9.00 am Terce and Eucharist
5.30 pm First Vespers of Christmas
11.30 pm Midnight Mass
|Tuesday 25th December||CHRISTMAS DAY||11.30 am Christmas Eucharist with Carols
5.10 pm Intercessions and Vespers.
SERVICES AFTER CHRISTMAS
|Wednesday 26th December||ST STEPHEN’S DAY||9.30 am Eucharist|
|Thursday 27th December||ST JOHN’S DAY||9.30 am Eucharist|
|Friday 28th December||HOLY INNOCENTS||9.00 am Terce and Eucharist|
|Tuesday 1st January||FEAST OF THE CIRCUMCISION||11.30 Sung Eucharist|
|Tuesday 8th January||8.30 am Eucharist|
|Friday 1st February||No Eucharist|
|Saturday 2nd February||CANDLEMASS||9.00 am Procession and Sung Eucharist|
Sister Edmée’s Funeral
Sister Edmée’s funeral took place on the Feast of the Holy Cross, 14 September, attended by many friends and family members. The Winter edition of the Fairacres Chronicle includes Fr David Barton’s homily at the Requiem, the tribute given by Sister Edmée’s Goddaughter Zoë Parker, and a paper by Sister Edmée’s herself entitled ‘The Meaning of Life’s Pilgrimage’.
Also in the Chronicle, in Sister Clare-Louise’s Community Notes, is some important news which will affect especially those who come to stay here. Sister Clare-Louise writes:
After many months of conversations with architects and other professionals, we have made the decision to have a major renovation and partial rebuild of the site to make our buildings fit for purpose and supportive of the life of the Sisters… This means that we will need to be closed to guests from the late summer of 2019, for between a year and eighteen months…
As you will imagine, this is an enormous undertaking for the Community and we would greatly value your prayers for the process.
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Internoviate Student Programme
For several years we have hosted a course for the Internovitiate Study programme, led by Petà Dunstan, visiting sites associated with the nineteenth century revival of the religious life in the Church of England. This year we offered it to the Professed: brothers and sisters from eight communities formed the core group, and some SLG sisters joined as they were able. The photograph shows the group at Littlemore where they visited The College, John Henry Newman’s home for the years immediately preceding his reception as a Roman Catholic.
We were also hosts for a weekend retreat for our associates and friends led by Sister Susan; and a day for Companions with talks by Sister Stephanie Therese on Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth century Carmelite lay brother who became known for his spiritual way, the Practice of the Presence of God. We have a quotation pinned to our kitchen whiteboard which sums up his spirituality.
Sister Margaret Theresa and Sister Judith have both attended events to promote vocations: one for people who themselves feel drawn to the religious life, the other for Vocations Advisors and Directors of Ordinands. The Church of England’s official website has a helpful page about Vocation whose key message is Everyone has a vocation. Find yours.
One of our cats, Oscar, has lost at least one of his lives! He came home in a sorry state with what turned out to be a broken jaw, and had to spend a couple of days at the vet’s as an in-patient to have the break pinned. We don’t know how it happened: possibly an encounter with a car, or a misjudged landing on a hard surface. He has made an excellent recovery, but seems a little more cautious than he used to be!
A beautiful preparation for Christmas was offered to us by the Holy Rood Girls Choir. They came on the third Sunday of Advent with their director Julia Craig-McFeely, a community friend, to sing in Chapel. Their recital included items from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.