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Second Sunday of Advent

'Here is your God, here is the Lord coming with power.

(Isaiah 40;9-10)

'And so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness.' (Mark 1;4)

St. John the Forerunner, Mosaic, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Our Advent Programme

Advent Celebrations

Proclaiming, Praying and Living the Gospel each Advent Day.


Last Sunday, we will had an opportunity to gather after the 11am Mass, to celebrate the start of Advent with some seasonal continental delicacies, & a Craft Workshop.

We will have a number of Evening Advent liturgies to help us prepare suitably for the celebration of the Birth of Christ.

The Vestibule Advent Display: Advent Purple, the First Candle of Advent, an Advent Calendar and a Daily Scripture Quotation. Thanks to our Floral Art Team for this and all the other Advent additions to the church.

Photo, Mgr. Hughes

Claire leading a Craft session and "here's one I made earlier."

Photo courtesy of Alan Morris

Advent 2023 

Proclaiming, Praying and Living the Gospel Daily


Advent Services – Mondays, 7pm

Monday, 4th December: Taizé Adoration

Candlelit Exposition with Latin Chants


Monday 11th December: Adoration / Lectio Divina

Reading the Scriptures

With the eyes of our hearts and souls


Monday, 18th December: Adoration / Reconciliation

‘Reconciling & the Great ‘O’ Antiphons


Advent for Children

Advent Children’s Liturgy: 11am Mass, each Sunday

Special Event for Children / Families

Friday, 8th December 9.30am 

A whole school liturgy in Church


Advent Living – Advent Giving

SVDP Collection – Sunday 10th December

Caring Sunday 17th December

Foodbank – Donations for Advent


Advent Reflection

Jenny, our Catechist, will lead Prayer / Faith-Sharing Groups.

The Archbishop encourages us all to be actively engaged in the mission of Evangelisation.
New Deanery groups have already started to meet and we hope to build on this in the weeks and months ahead.

St. Joseph's on Facebook and Instagram!

We have a well established Facebook Group and Instagram page.


We would welcome all members of the Parish community - past, present and hopefully future, to join the group on Facebook and follow the page on Instagram.


You can find our Facebook group by following this link

or by searching for St Joseph's RC Church.


We're on Instagram as @stjosephsrcchurch and you can find us by following this link


Please join us, and share this joining information with your friends and family, as we endeavour to expand our online community.  Many thanks.

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SAFEGUARDING: See Safeguarding Page under 'About Us'

As we approach Christmas, the Foodbank volunteers seek to make Christmas special for those in food poverty.

This year has been particularly difficult for everyone with the rises in cost of living, none more so than those who need to come to the Foodbank.

We call once again on the generosity of St Joseph’s parishioners.

We urgently need: tins of stew, meat or chicken,  tins of soup, tins of vegetables, cartons of long life milk (full and also semi-skimmed,  breakfast cereals, tins of custard or rice pudding and  Christmas treats for children.

There is a box for donations in the church porch which displays a full list of items asked for.

 Opening Hours

Helensburgh Community Hub - 116, East Princes Street

Monday: 10am - 12noon; Thurs: 3pm-7pm

Howie Pavilion, Rosneath: Wed. 1pm-3pm

The Archdiocese has created a QR code for each parish. By clicking on the Button below, you can access the QR code to make a donation to St. Joseph's, Helensburgh.  Thank you.

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