Bulletins, Gaudete and Christmas

Hopefully I can have the current bulletin available here for those who would like to keep in touch but can’t pick up a bulletin at Mass for whatever reason. Read on for the next Sung Mass - Sunday 13th December and early plans for Christmas. You can subscribe by email if you’d like an email whenever I publish a new post here (about once a week).


Mrs Gaweda is kindly forwarding on the bulletin to me and it is available to download parrafssp.pdf

My plan is to upload to that same address each week, so bookmark it and hope I can keep it up!

Here’s a highlight from the Bulletin:

Family picnic day at Mt Schӧnstatt

Next Saturday 14th November. postponed due to rain to 28th November Beginning at 11 am with Holy Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church 1262 Mulgoa Rd, Mulgoa. After Mass is a picnic followed by a talk and Rosary. There will opportunity for Confession (e.g. During the Rosary.) After the Rosary we will go to the lookout over the Nepean River. If interested, please contact Fr Klein.

And before going on, I’d like to share a favourite tune from the Communion Antiphon for Mass for the last Sundays before Advent: Amen Dico Vobis Amen, I say to you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and you will have it. pdf


The next sung Mass is planned for the Third Sunday of Advent, Sunday 13th December, also known as Gaudete Sunday. The name comes from the introit: Gaudete in Domino semper - Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!

We’ll stay with Mass 8, Credo 3 through Christmas.

The Propers:

You can find the psalm toned bits in this booklet from last year. It uses the Ordinary for Advent and Lent - which is one of the easiest ones to learn, but as Gaudete is sort of an upbeat Advent Sunday we can go with Missa de Angelis - plus it’s better known and good to practice for Christmas.

Practice Sunday 6th December (St Nicholas Day with probably a special appearance from St Nicholas himself!) and the day of the sung Mass: Sunday 13th December.

Extra pieces

There is a Christmas Carol called Gaudete, but it’s not so good for Advent.

There are heaps of fantastic Advent hymns:

  • Rorate Caeli
  • Conditor Alme Siderum
  • Alma Redemptoris Mater

Veni veni Emmanuel starts on Dec 17 or thereabouts, for the O Antiphons - but it can be for earlier in Advent if it helps. Here it is sung by my mother, Patrick and me

Those are all in a New Book of Old Hymns. And here are some recordings/videos

Plans for Christmas

So far the plan is Midnight Mass at Mulgoa, then a day Mass at Wentworth Falls.

I think we can sing both - Christmas comes but once a year. I don’t expect everyone to sing both, but if you can let me know your plans then I can work around that.

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