ANNOUNCEMENTS – 7th, 8th and 9th December 2018

on Friday December 7, 2018 by Cris

On Friday, 7th December, the Konkani Community celebrates the Feast of Francis Xavier at the 9.45 am in the Sacred Heart Church followed by a cultural programme at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium.  Due to the Feast Mass, the Youth Mass at 10.30 am will be held at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium.

The First Friday Parish Holy Hour will be held on Friday, 7th December  at 3.45 pm in the Sacred Heart Church.

Friday, 7th December is the birthday of Fr. Amar. A Thanksgiving Mass will be offered at 5.00 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. Let us participate and pray for his intentions.

The Arabic community will be holding their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, 7th December from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm in the church compound. Proceeds will go towards the less fortunate. For further details, please refer to the notice boards.

On Saturday, 8th December we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The morning mass at 6.15 am and the evening mass at 6.30 pm will be held in the Sacred Heart Church.

In preparation for Christmas, the Parish Advent Mission conducted by Rev. Fr. Peter Vellara V.C. from Tabor Divine Retreat Center will be held from Monday, 10th December to Thursday, 13th December after the evening masses at the Sacred Heart Church. On Thursday, 13th December after the evening English mass, there will be a special service with Adoration and Mass at 11.00 pm. Parishioners, please make time and attend this Mission for your spiritual enrichment. Priests will be available in the confessionals during the Mission.

Due to the Parish Advent Mission there will be only one English Mass and Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wednesday, 12th December at 5.30 pm at the Sacred Heart Church.

As we are in the season of Advent, parishioners are invited to make their confessions while the priests are available in the confessionals.

On Wednesday, 12th December at 6.30 pm, there will be a Pre-Baptism Seminar in the St. Claire Audio Video Room. Please bring your bible with you. Children are not allowed.

On Friday, 14th December Catechism children from Standards 6-12 will have a retreat from 8.45 at to 12.30 pm. commencing with Holy Mass at 8.45 am in the Sacred Heart Church. Parents may collect their children after 12.30 pm on that day. Due to the retreat the English obligation mass at 8.45 am will be held in our Lady of Arabia Auditorium. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

There will be a Marriage Preparation Course on Friday, 14th December in the St. Dominic Savio Hall from 7.30 am to 5.00 pm. Those taking part are requested to register their names at the Parish Office and submit their Baptism Certificate along with the Application Form before 12th December. The course fee is BD. 7/- per person, inclusive of lunch and the Certificate.

SIMBANG GABI – MISA DE GALLO (gal-yo), the Traditional Filipino Nine-Day Mass Devotion before Christmas, this year, will be held daily as follows. From 15 December to 23 December 2018 at 9 pm and From 16 December to 24 December at 4.30 am. Both Masses will be held in the Sacred Heart Church.

The Filipino Community, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain, is conducting a HOLY WALK Marathon on 16th December in Arad Park, Muharraq starting at 4.00 pm during the Bahrain National Day Celebration, with the aim of raising funds for the Construction of the Cathedral at Awali. Registration Fee is BD4 per person inclusive of snacks and a T-shirt.  Registration Forms are available in Fr. Peter’s office. All are invited to participate in this worthwhile cause.

The Christmas and New Year Mass schedule is displayed on the church notice board.

The construction of the Cathedral has commenced from 4th November. Let us pray for the successful completion of this project with your support, prayers and assistance. To help us reach our goals, collection boxes have been placed at the main entrance of the church and each working individual of the family is requested to show their support by donating a minimum amount of BD. 2 each month. Thank you for your usual co-operation and May God bless you for your Generosity.

This year, experience the true magic of the season at the Christmas Dinner Dance which will be held at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium on Thursday, 27th December commencing from 7.30pm with 2 Live Bands, Still Waters and the Past Masters along with DJ Mac in attendance. Let us celebrate this Christmas as one big family of the Sacred Heart Church.


Fr. Xavier Marian Dsouza, OFM Cap.

Parish Priest  

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