We are the parish which includes Immaculate Conception and St. Dominic, Stone; Sacred Heart, Eccleshall; Holy Michael Archangel, Aston-by-Stone.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. We cry: ‘Come Lord, Jesus!’ This is the start of the new liturgical year, we are meant to feel a fresh start in our Christian lives. We need hope and this is the season that will encourage this precious gift in our hearts. We see the close of November, but we will continue to pray for the dear Holy Souls who are our special friends. As usual we are already being surrounded by carols in the shops and media and Father Christmas is popping up in places. People are planning their celebrations and getting presents for others. This is not a bad thing as it is raising the message of Christmas, and the carols tell the story. As we receive the baby Jesus anew into our hearts we want to give and share our joy. Yet, we have the important season of Advent. It makes for effective and holy preparation by the Church so that we can appreciate anew the gift of the Incarnation: Jesus fully God and fully man. I hope you will use your Walk With Me booklets as they contain wonderful Scripture quotes and prayers.