Holy mass schedule for Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018

The Church of the Virgin Mary´s Immaculate Conception

24. December 2017 (Sunday), 4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas Eve
9:30 / 11:00 / 13:00 Holy masses of the 4th Sunday of Advent
21.00 Holy mass in Russian
24:00 Midnight Mass In English

25. December 2017 (Monday), Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
11:00 Holy Mass in English
13:00 Holy Mass in Russian
19:00 Holy Mass in Russian & English

31. December 2017 (Sunday), Feast of the Holy Family
  9:30 Holy Mass in Russian
11:00 Holy Mass in English
13:00 Holy Mass in Russian

1. January 2018 (Monday), Solemnity – Mary, Mother of God
11:00 Holy Mass in English
13:00 Holy Mass in Russian
19:00 Holy Mass in Russian & English

5. January 2018 (Friday), The Eve of the Epiphany of the Lord
19:00 Holy Mass in Russian (The Chapel of Christ the Redeemer in Genjlik)
19:00 Holy Mass in English (The Church of the Virgin Mary´s Immaculate Conception)

6. January 2018 (Saturday), The Epiphany of the Lord
14:00 Rosary & Holy Mass in Russian
18:00 Holy Mass in English

Elevation to the dignity of bishop of the apostolic prefect of Azerbaijan

Today at the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary on December 8, 2017, on midday The Press Office of the Holy See released this information:
The Pope has elevated the Rev. Vladimír Fekete, S.D.B., apostolic prefect of Azerbaijan, to the dignity of bishop, assigning him the titular see of Municipa.

To the newly appointed bishop of the Catholic Church, Don Vladimir Fekete, for his service we wish and desire of solid health, God’s help and protection.

According to the canon law of the Catholic Church, the bishop’s ordination should be held within three months after the publication of the appointment. The time and place of the ordination as well as the other circumstances surrounding this important event in the life of the Apostolic Prefecture will inform you in time.

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Advent 2017, preparation, guest

Next Sunday, December 10th, an Italian missioner in Kazakistan, father Pier Luigi, will be in Baku.
In agreement with the community of Salesian priests of our Parish, we invited him to teach an Advent retreat in preparation of Christmas.
The retreat will begin at 09:15, Sunday, December 10th, at the Don Bosco hall of the parish. Translation in English will be provided.
The retreat will finish in time for the 11am mass.
Thanks to our priest of the parish, during the retreat volunteers and nouns will take care of the children, to give the possibility to parents to attend the retreat.
All of us are invited to join the retreat.
Also, after the 11am Mass father Pier Luigi will be available to meet friends at the Church’s tea room and have a brief dialogue on the theme of Advent.

What is? HEAVEN, HELL AND PURGATORY

Heaven is Fullness of Communion with God

1. When the form of this world has passed away, those who have welcomed God into their lives and have sincerely opened themselves to his love, at least at the moment of death, will enjoy that fullness of communion with God which is the goal of human life.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “this perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed is called “heaven’. Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfilment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness” (n.1024). Continue reading

“The Gates of the Lamb” movie invitation

The Embassy of Lithuania is inviting all the Catholic parish community to the screening of a film about the mystery of baptism – „The Gates of the Lamb”, by Audrius Stonys (subtitled in English). After the screening, a discussion with the film director will take place.

The screening starts on 16 October 2017 at 8:30 pm in the cinema hall in the Flame Towers.

This event is a part of two festivals – Baku documentary film festival „DokuBaku” and European film festival on the subject of tolerance „Imagine”.

The entrance is free, all are welcome!

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

Quotes:
• Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.

• The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

• Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

• Your true character Is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘Nothing’ for you

What happened in Fatima in 1917?
100th Year Anniversary May 13, 2017

In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared a total of six times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.

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Holy Week Schedule 2017

13 April Holy Thursday: Holy Mass at 7 pm
14 April Good Friday: The Stations of the Cross at 6.00 pm &
The Holy Liturgy at 7 pm
15 April Easter Vigil: Holy Mass at 8 pm
16 April Easter Sunday: Holy Mass at11 am

The season of Lent

  • lentLent is a period of fasting leading up to Easter. The season is rooted in the 40-day fast of Jesus in the wilderness. Catholic Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and ends right before the evening Masses of Holy Thursday, although Lenten penance continues through Holy Saturday.
  • The purpose of Lent is to reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ and allow God to transform our lives. The reason Christians began to “give something up” was to give themselves time to focus on Christ or to allow their hunger to make them hungry for God.

  • Lent is a season of fasting, self-denial, spiritual growth, conversion, and simplicity. Lent, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our relationship with Jesus Christ and our service to him.

  • There are a few basic tasks that traditionally have been associated with Lent. Many of these have a long history. These are fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. In addition, reading the Scriptures and the Church’s Writings can help one grow during the season.

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