Special Services in December/January

Rosary
The Holy Rosary will be prayed in St James on Monday 12th December at 7-30pm. Please do come along to join us. Instruction is given if this form of prayer is new to you. Rosaries are available to borrow or to buy.
Carol Service
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Sunday 18th December, at 4-30pm, there is to be a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Such services are very enjoyable and popular and so are wonderful opportunities for mission and outreach. Please come along and bring your family, friends and neighbours. The service will be followed by refreshments. If you would like to join the group of singers who will be forming a choir for the Christmas services, please speak with Mark Terry, Clare Moles or Fr Peter. 
St James’ School Carol Service
On Monday 19th December in St James’ Church at 5-00pm. Everyone welcome.
Mass of Prayer and Healing
The Mass on Wednesday 21st December at 7-00pm will be a Mass of prayer, the laying on of hands and anointing of the sick.
 The Epiphany of the Lord
The great Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, when we remember the visit of the Wise Men to the child Jesus and Him being shown to the whole world will be observed on Sunday 8th January with Mass at the usual Sunday times.
House Mass
The January House Mass will take place on Monday 30th January 8-00pm at the home of Brian Appleby, 27 Sweet Briar Road, Stanway, Colchester. Everyone welcome, see Fr Peter if you need transport.
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CHRISTMAS SERVICES

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Sunday 18th December  Advent 4

8-00am Mass

10-00am Sung Mass

4-30pm A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve  Saturday 24th December

9-00am The Last Mass of Advent

4-30pm Christingle Service  including the Blessing and Lighting of the Tree of Light.

11-30pm Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Christmas Crib.

Christmas Day

8-00am  Mass

10-00am Parish Mass with carols for families

Sunday 1st January 2017 The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

8-00am Mass

10-00am Parish Mass followed by seasonal refreshments.

Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday 12th November and will begin, as usual with Mass in St James at 8-00am and then at the Rectory for breakfast and meeting, concluding at 10-00am.There will not be a speaker at this meeting but we will consider how to move on in the future with regard to speakers and breakfast when the Rectory is no longer available for us. This means it will be an important meeting looking to the future and future development, so please come along if you can.

Special Services for November

All Saints Day

All Saints Day falls on Tuesday 1st November, Mass in St James at 7-00pm. All Saints Day is a Solemnity, a day when we ought to be at Mass if we can.

 All Souls Day

The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed falls on Wednesday 2nd November. Mass in St James at 7-00pm.  At this Mass the names of the Faithful Departed will be remembered, please check the list in church and then add any more names to it if you wish.

House Mass

The House Mass for November will be held on Monday 28th November 8-00pm at the home of Jeff and Catherine Graham, 69 Tower Street, Brightlingsea. These times of worship are a wonderful opportunity for less formal worship with an extended opportunity for prayer and a great time of fellowship to help build up the Body of Christ in our church and part of Colchester. Please join us.

Service for the Bereaved

The annual service for those who have been bereaved, which St James hosts and organises in conjunction with the Hunnaball Family Funeral Service, will be held in St James on Saturday 19th November at 11-00am. Please come along if you feel this service may be of help to you and tell anyone else or perhaps bring them with you, if you know someone who might benefit from joining us. The preacher at this year’s ecumenical service will be the Reverend Hilary Platts, one of Colchester Hospital’s chaplains.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Advent begins on Sunday 27th November; it is one of the prime seasons of preparation and anticipation in the Church’s year. To give us a prayerful starting point, as well as the Sunday Mass there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 6-00pm that day. Please return to church to worship for a second time and commend Advent, one of the most wonderful seasons of the year, to God. This will also have the focus of our Mission Week which begins on this day.