Monday 19th December – PARISH RECONCILIATION SERVICE
St Joseph – 7:00pm
Saturday 24th December – THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
St Joseph – 5:00pm (Christmas Vigil Mass)
Delancey – 6:00pm (Christmas Vigil Mass)
St Joseph – 10:00pm (Mass during the Night)
Sunday 25th December – THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
Notre Dame – 8:00am – (Mass at Dawn – Quiet Mass)
Delancey – 9:15am – (Mass during the Day)
St Joseph – 10:30am – (Mass during the Day – No Evening Mass)
Monday 26th December – ST STEPHEN
St Joseph – 10:00am – (Mass for all Altar Servers)
Tuesday 27th December – ST JOHN
St Joseph – 10:00am
Wednesday 28th December – THE HOLY INNOCENTS
St Joseph – 9:30am
St Joseph – 6:00pm
Blanchelande College has acquired the Vauxbelets site, home of the College since 1999, for a purchase price of £1.4m.
The Vauxbelets estate is estimated to cover 40 acres and includes the original 18th century house Vauxbelets de Haut, Vauxbelets de Bas farm buildings, large early 20th century school buildings, extensive playing fields, additional outbuildings and agricultural land. The estate was formerly owned by the French province of the De La Salle Brothers, with whom the Trustees of Blanchelande College have been in negotiations to acquire ownership.
Since the College moved to Les Vauxbelets in 1999, the De La Salle Brothers have rented the property to Blanchelande on condition of it being run as a Catholic school, and the Trustees have confirmed that this understanding applies to the running of the College in the future.
In a letter to parents the Trustees state that the purchase of the Vauxbelets means that the development of the College can continue on the most sure footing possible. ‘Outwardly, for parents and students, the position remains as before with the site continuing to be used for the provision of education with a Catholic ethos by the College, except for those parts of the site used by commercial businesses. The provision of Catholic education, which plays so positive a part in the diversity of choice within Guernsey’s educational system, is at the very heart of the vision of both the Brothers and of The Blanchelande College Trust.’
In their letter, the Trustees reassure parents that the purchase is intended to facilitate future fundraising for investment. ‘The purchase brings the strong benefits of permanence and of course will be a more sound basis for effective fundraising for the further improvement of our educational facilities. Parents, former students and other supporters of Blanchelande regularly make generous donations to enable improvements to the physical development of the estate, and they will now do so knowing that the College has the security of ownership.
The Trustees have also emphasized the affordability of the repayment schedule. ‘Financially, the agreement has been carefully considered on both sides. The Brothers have agreed to receive payment over a ten-year period. We would like to acknowledge the commitment of the Brothers to securing the future of Blanchelande and to Catholic education on Guernsey.’
A massive thank you to everyone who donated so generously at this year’s Harvest Mass. Your donations have really made a difference and the charities were very grateful.
Thank you from The Children’s Liturgy Group.
Donations of raffle prizes for the Parish Lunch are gratefully needed and can be left at the Parish office.
Rotas for the period 4th December – 22nd December are now available for collection just inside the Sacristy.
Please wait until the end of Mass before collecting the rota.
On the 8th December the first World Women’s Rosary will take place with the purpose of honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
We would like to invite all women and parishioners to this wonderful celebration. More details to follow.
Charity Jam, Jelly and Chutney sale for Wayaya House on Sunday 11th December after the 9:15am Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea.
All produce homemade with most varieties not available in the shops.
Give a gift of hope this Christmas In Advent, let’s share the promise of hope that has been made to us with our sisters and brothers around the world. You can buy CAFOD’s World Gifts for family and friends this Christmas online at https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/ World Gifts such as “super soup kitchens”, “trees for life”, or “water for a family” will help transform lives in a world filled with challenges.
‘Life Changing Ministry’ Christmas Carols and Lunch at Les Cotils on 17th December, costing £17.00.
Names should be submitted to Jan – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 10th December.
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group will be having an evening of Praise & Adoration on Monday 28th November from 7:30pm-8:45pm and also on the last Monday of every month. This will include some hymns followed by silent ‘Adoration’. Prayer ministry will be available for anyone who would like individual prayer. This month it will take place in the Parish Room at St Joseph’s. Tea and coffee will be available from 7:00pm. Anyone is invited to join us for these ‘Adoration’ evenings, even if you do not normally come to the prayer group.