Our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Freddy D’Souza, will be celebrating his Ordination Day on Tuesday, 20th December which will be celebrated at 6.00 pm mass. Let us participate and Pray for his intentions.
Couples who will be celebrating their Wedding Anniversary in the months of November and December are invited to attend the 7.00 pm mass on Monday, 19th December in the Mother Church.
The Next Baptism Preparation Course will be held on Wednesday, 21st December at 6.30 pm in the St. Claire Audio Video Room. Please bring your Bible with you and please note that children are not allowed.
There will be an Animation programme for children in Malayalam from Saturday, 17th December to 19 December from 9.00 am to 12 noon in the Sacred Heart Church.
There will be no Catechism classes for parish children on 23rd and 30th December 2016.
On Saturday, 24th December the Christmas Service will begin at 7.30 pm at the Sacred Heart School grounds, Isa Town with a Christmas play followed by Carol singing. The vigil mass will begin at 8.15 pm.
For Christmas and New Year mass schedule you may refer to the notice board, the church website or the family day flyer being distributed.
We have made arrangement for buses to take parishioners for the vigil service from Manama to Sacred Heart School, Isa town and Back. The buses will leave from Arts and Craft center, Al Zubara Avenue at 6.15 Pm, 6.30Pm and 6.45 Pm. We request those who have place in their cars, to pass by the Arts and Craft center to give lifts to parishioners going to the Christmas service.
On Christmas day, the free Christmas Day programme “Home away from Home,” for our parish domestic workers, will be held in Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon and from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. There will be Holy Mass followed by entertainment, and distribution of Christmas gifts. Parishioners' support by offering cakes, snacks, gifts, telephone cards or cash is welcome. Food items may be delivered on the day itself to Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium and gift articles may be handed over to the parish office. May God bless you for your generosity in sharing with others.
Flowers to decorate the Altar at Manama for Christmas and New Year services may be brought to the Sacristy on Thursday, 24th December and on Thursday, 31st December by 12 noon.
The Feast of St. Sebastian will be celebrated by the Malayalam Catholic community on Thursday, 29th December at 5.30 pm and 30th December at 10.00 am at the Sacred Heart School grounds in Isa Town. All are invited to attend.
In preparation for Christmas, a Dawn Mass celebrated in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, has commenced from 16th December and will be held every morning at 4.30 am until Saturday, 24th December.
The first batch of the Family Day Calendars is ready for collection from the Family Day Counter. You may also collect a copy of the flyer with a message from the Parish Priest. It also contains the services for Christmas and New Year. Please do not misuse or litter the church compound with the flyers.
The Christmas tree displayed in the church compound will be decorated with stars through the generous contribution of parishioners. Stars costing BD.5/-, BD.10/- and BD.â€‹20â€‹/- are being sold and put up on the Tree. The proceeds will go towards the needy of our parish. The name or photograph of the donor can be placed on the star. Let this Christmas Tree glitter with stars from every parishioner, while we extend help to those in need this Christmas.
The Christmas and New Year Dinner Dance will be held on Thursday, 29th December at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium from 8.00 pm to 12.00 midnight. The price is BD 5/- per person, inclusive of dinner. Tickets are available with all Community Coordinators and in the church compound. Kindly patronize.
Prayer cards have been created for children and families for BD.3. We encourage each of you to own this precious set and pray them daily. These prayer cards are available in the Church compound or with Fr. Freddy D’Souza. Kindly patronize.
Those interested in going on a pilgrimage to Europe next year from 20th February 2017 onwards, kindly enroll your names and submit the forms available at the office on or before 24th December. The sites include places of interest in Rome, Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, etc. For further details, please contact Fr. Amar and Fr. Peter.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FRIDAY ONLY
Fr. Charbel Fayad will be celebrating his Ordination Day tomorrow the 17th December. Let us pray for his intentions.
Fr. Freddy D’Souza, OFM, Cap.