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Calendar December 2018

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2 Sun  ADVENT SUNDAY   
3 Mon  Francis Xavier more..
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Francis Xavier

On December 2nd, the Church remembers the Saints, Martyrs and Missionaries of Asia. On the following day, December 3rd, Francis Xavier is remembered as one of the first missionaries from the west to take the 'good news' to Asia. He was following, therefore, in the footsteps of the apostle Saint Thomas who is traditionally thought to have visited India.

Francis Xavier first went to Goa in Western India in 1541, just thirty or so years after the area had been established as a colony of Portugal. Francis had been one of the original members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola and dedicated to the spreading of the gospel. Not content with ministering solely to the Portuguese settlers, Francis started a mission to the native Indians, deploring the abuse he saw of the poor. In letters home to Ignatius Loyola, he pleaded for more Christians in the west to join him in his missionary work, 'Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one

  
5 Wed  Midweek Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    School Carol Service, Charlton Horethorne  1:45 pm 
6 Thu  St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c 326   
7 Fri  Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher 397   
8 Sat  The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary   
9 Sun  SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT   
12 Wed  Midweek Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
13 Thu  St Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304   
14 Fri  John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher 1591   
16 Sun  THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT   
19 Wed  Midweek Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
20 Thu  Primary School Carol Service, Milborne Port  10:00 am 
23 Sun  FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT   
24 Mon  Midnight Mass, Milborne Port  11:30 pm 
25 Tue  CHRISTMAS   
26 Wed  Midweek Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    St Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr   
27 Thu  St John, Apostle & Evangelist more..
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St John, Apostle & Evangelist

If there was ever an order of merit for saints then Saint John the Apostle would surely be right there at the top of the list. And yet, his feast day on December 27th, just two days after Christmas Day, passes almost unnoticed. Perhaps this is just what he would have wanted since in his gospel he only referred to himself anonymously as 'the disciple whom Jesus loved'. At first sight, such a description might suggest an air of exclusivity, but, in fact, John's purpose was quite the opposite - he wanted to diminish his own role in order to emphasise the true nature of his Master, Jesus Christ. He would entirely approve of his feast day being placed in the shadow of the most important birthday of all time.

So who was Saint John? We know that there was a John, the son of Zebedee, brother of James and a fisherman from Galilee. It was John who sat next to our Lord at the Last Supper. Such was our Lord-s confidence in the caring nature of John that, at the Crucifixion, it was

  
28 Fri  The Holy Innocents   
29 Sat  Thomas Becket   
30 Sun  FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS