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 holy mass will begin at 8.15 pm.
For the Christmas day and New Year Mass Schedule, please refer to the notice board, Church website or the Family Day flyer which is being distributed.
We have made arrangements for buses to take parishioners for the night service at Sacred Heart School ground, Isa Town from Manama and back. The buses will leave from the Arts and Craft Center, Al ZubaraAvenue at 6.15 pm, 6.30pm and 6.45pm. We request those who have place in their cars to pass by the Arts and Craft Center to give a lift to parishioners who are going for 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 Saturday, 24th December and on Saturday, 31st December by 12 noon.
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.
On Wednesday, 28th December, we celebrate the feast of holy Innocents.
On Friday, 30th December we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The Feast of St. Sebastian will be celebrated on Thursday, 29th December at 5.30 pm and 30th December at 10.00 am at the Sacred Heart School grounds, Isa Town by the Malayalam Catholic Community. All are invited to attend.
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.
The second batches of the Family Day Calendars are ready for collection from the Family Day Counter.
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.
Fr. Freddy D’Souza, OFM, Cap.