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10th December 2023

Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends

We are today introduced to the very first words of Mark’s Gospel. There he quotes the prophet Isaiah who was the leader during the Captivity in Babylon. Isaiah always pointed ahead to better days. Many years later these better days and freedom would arrive. God had not deserted the people but through the voice of John the Baptiser and the one who baptised Jesus in the Jordan, a new era or dawn had arrived for the chosen people. That is our mission to carry on. Does Jesus cry in the wilderness of our times or have we heard His call: “Come follow me?”
      We most warmly congratulate Bill Connell on his reception of the Benemerenti Medal or a Papal sign of approval and gratitude for work rendered to the Church. Bill has served this parish and latterly the Diocese as chair of the Finance Committee. A warm congratulations from all at this parish for his wish stewardship and development of many projects. To Teresa who served as Parish Secretary for over 20 years, Martin, Edward and Angela, our great gratitude, and Congratulations.

  • Advent course – Invited: The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton are delighted to be hosting a series of short films to help you prepare this Advent. Each episode will take you on a journey through the themes of the Advent readings, and there are a great selection of guest speakers. They are also offering the opportunity for you to join an online small group where you can watch and then discuss the films with others, growing in fellowship and praying with like-minded people. Simply visit www.abdiocese.org.uk to find out more.
  • On Tuesday of this week, the 12th, there will be NO MORNING MASS as we (the Clergy of Surrey) are summoned to East Horsley to hear an outline of the latest Diocesan Plan.
  • On Wednesday the 13th, we have the Advent Penitential Service at 7.30pm.
  • On Thursday the 14th, 7pm is the Annual Christingle Service presented by St. Augustine’s School.

God bless you all,

Fr John

 Please pray for all those who have died recently:

Gary Elliott, Lolita Felio, Janet Haring, Jessmadon Jose, Kate Maume, Roddy McCauley, Melvin Moulding, Pauline Riley, John Walsh, Janet Haring, Lolita Felio, Maurice Jackson and Mercedes Mantiega

May they rest in peace.

Please pray for all those who are sick at this time:
George Barham, Marie Bellizzi, Margaret Bishop, Veronica Brown, Josie Cash, Anthony Cheah, Cathy Cowan, Eddie Cummins, Sue Cummins, Maggie Duncan, Belen Dunlop, Annie Faghihi, Desmond Fleming, Leo Gibson, Mary Higton, Irene Hole, Jim Hollis, Ginny Jardine, Alan Jenkins,  Ian Joseph, Mary Kearney, Shirley Livera, Anne MacKenzie, Georgia Mackinlay, Luz Martin, Miriam McDonnell, Helen McLachlan, Patricia McMahon, Joyce Monserrat, Maura Morris, Adrei Penkov, Valeria Penkova, Amandio Poeira, Aurora Ramirez, Donal Reidy, Jennifer Rolfe, Moira Sced, Sherry Small, Ralph and Pauline Smith, Godelieve Vandersloten, Jean Watkins, Deborah Wright and all those named on the noticeboard in Our Lady’s Shrine.
May they find consolation in their suffering.

Mass Intentions
Sat 9th Dec      6.00pm            All Parishioners
                                                Angela Ave Maria RIP (Family)
Sun 10th Dec   8.30am            Maureen Donohoe RIP (Rose and family)
                        10.30am          Rose Rapa RIP (Anniv.) (Edward and Margaret Sant)
                        5.30pm            Sylvia Cassar RIP (Rosella Shirley)
Mon 11th Dec  7.30pm            Liturgy & Eucharist
Tue 12th Dec   10.00am          NO MASS
Wed 13th Dec  10.00am          George Barham (Audine Ezie & Family)
                        7.30pm            Advent Penitential Service
Thu 14th Dec   10.00am          Maurice Jackson RIP
Fri 15th Dec     10.00am          Angela Ave Maria RIP (Family)
Sat 16th Dec    6.00pm            All who support ‘The Hope Hub’ (Food Bank)
Sun 17th Dec   8.30am            Alfredo Q. De Vera Sr RIP (Anniv) (Thelma De Vera Bacolor)
                        10.30am          Violet Griffiths RIP (Audrey de Souza)
                        5.30pm            All Parishioners

 Collections for Weekend 2nd/3rd December 2023
Offertory Collection                                        £437.36
Gift Aid Collection                                            £42.00
Standing Orders (Weekly Average)           £1192.00
Total                                                                      £1671.36 

Retiring Collections 
9th/10th Dec     Third World & Charities
25th Dec           Christmas Gift to Fr John

Volunteers Needed to Help at Mass over Christmas and the New Year
We would greatly welcome volunteers to be welcomers, co-ordinators, readers and eucharistic ministers at Mass over Christmas and the New Year. If you would like to take part in these ministries, then please write your name on the sign-up sheets in the church porch.
Also, choir members and musicians are needed for the carol service at 10pm on Christmas Eve and the 10:30pm Mass which follows it. If you can join us, please sign your name on the sheet at the back of the church or see Phillip after 1030am Mass. Thank you.

Children’s Nativity, Christmas Eve : Primary school-aged children are busy rehearsing during 10.30am Mass on Sundays for the Nativity show at 6pm on Christmas Eve. We still have non-speaking roles available, especially shepherds, angels, and birds! Please see Children’s Liturgy Helpers before or after 10.30am Mass, or contact Linda on 07796952880 or linda@simon-johnson.com

Christmas Stars
In memory of our friends and family who have passed away, everyone is invited to write the name or names of those they wish to remember on our Christmas Stars.  The blank stars can be found on the table in the porch - once written on please pop them in the box.  These will then be hung on our Christmas tree.

OLQH Christmas Tree Decorating

We would like to welcome our young people to help decorate our Christmas tree on Sunday 10th December between 3pm and 5pm.  If you would like to join us, please pop your name on the sign-up sheet in the porch.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

 Our Lady Queen of Heaven Children’s Christmas Party is back!
We are holding a Christmas party at the church hall on Saturday 16th December, 3pm-4:30pm.
This party is planned for school aged children (Reception to Y6) who attend OLQH Catholic Church.
It promises to be fun with lots of games, raffles prizes and a party bag.
Tickets are £5 per child and we have limited places (60 spaces). Tickets will be sold on a first come basis. Please contact Tochi on 07890 770251 to purchase your tickets.

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Alton Day of Renewal Prayer Requests

We will pray for anyone feeling isolated, anxious, depressed, or physically ill. We will help you draw close to the love of Jesus, who said “come to me all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”. On weekdays 10.00am-4.00pm tel 07579 824523. Full details at www.altonrenewal.com/prayer_request


Confirmation 2024

Enrolment for the 2024 Confirmation Programme is now open.  Please download  and complete both forms and return them with a copy of the Baptismal Certificate before 26th Nov 2023, to the Parish Office.

Confirmation Form

Commitment Form

Confirmation Dates

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The Church is located at 111 Portsmouth Road, Frimley, GU16 7AA.  It is on the opposite side of the A325 Portsmouth Road to Frimley Park Hospital.  When facing Frimley Park Hospital, the Church is behind you to the left.


SVP Camberley and Frimley is very active in the community

  • we give help to local families and individuals in need and the Hope Hub.
  • we purchase specific items of food, utilities, clothing and white goods that are needed.
  • we do not give money to clients

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SVP Camberley account no. 46082417 sort code 60-60-04

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