3rd Sunday of Advent
16th December 2018 
The Lord is near! 

This week, ‘Gaudete Sunday’, we are called to rejoice, for the coming of the Lord is near. At the same time, we are invited to live out our preparation in the details of our daily lives.

The First Reading from Zephaniah is a joyful exultation, because the Lord is bringing back Zion, his people. God is in our midst and he dances for joy in his love for us.

The Responsorial Psalm does not come from the Psalter, but is a Song of Joy from the Book of Isaiah.  It is a joyful canticle of trust in the Lord and of thanksgiving for all that he has done for us.

St. Paul, in the Second Reading, speaks of his desire of happiness for the Philippians. The Lord ‘is very near’, so we need not worry –but trust in God who will grant us the peace of his Son.

In the Gospel this Sunday we meet John the Baptist again.  But this time we hear his direct teaching and advice to the different groups among his followers.  He also tells them of the One who is to come, who will baptise us with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Pope Francis 
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds.
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

Welcome to the Website for the Parishes of

St. Mary Magdalen 

St. Teresa 

St. Oswald

Parishes within the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool

3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)


Click on the link below to see this week's services and times:

2018 12 16 Services for the Week.pdf

     Mass Times

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve

5:00 pm:  St. Teresa's

5:00 pm:  St. Mary Magdalen's

7:00 pm:  St. Oswald's

10:00 pm:  St. Teresa's

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Day

8:30 am:  St. Mary Magdalen's (Latin Mass)

8:30 am:  St. Oswald's

10:00 am:  St. Teresa's