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Parish Hampers

The Parish John Paul II Award Group is collecting for Christ...

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SVDP Annual Collection

St Vincent de Paul Annual Collection will be taken up next w...

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Parish Carol Service

Join the Chaplains of Altnagelvin Hospital and the Hospital ...

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Feast of Immaculate Conception

Mass times for Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday...

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Advent Devotions

will take place each Sunday during Advent at 6:00pm in St Co...

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Confirmation Dates 2017

Confirmation Dates 2017 - Bishop Donal McKeown will be with ...

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First Communion 2017

29th April                Oakgrove PS, St Columb’s Church   ...

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POPE FRANCIS go to confession

Pope Francis: Be courageous, go to confession   During his...

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Baptism Team

Baptism Preparation Team Baptism is a time of celebration a...

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Parishes of Glendermott & Strathfoyle

Saint Columb's Church, Chapel Road   Saint Oliver Plunkett Church, Strathfoyle   Church of the Immaculate Conception, Trench Road   Saint Mary's Oratory, Newbuildings

*** The Season of ADVENT ***

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia

the Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.)

The Advent wreath is a circle, of evergreens, made in various sizes.These candles represent the four weeksof Advent. The fifth candle represents
the birth of Christ.

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Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” (Acts 2:17, Hebrews 1:2), as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. 

To balance the two elements of remembrance and anticipation, the first two Sundays in Advent  look forward to Christ’s second coming, and the last two Sundays look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. Over the course of the four weeks, Scripture readings move from passages about Christ’s return in judgment, to Old Testament passages about the expectation of the coming Messiah, to New Testament passages about the announcements of Christ’s arrival by John the Baptist and the Angels.

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