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The Epiphany

The Epiphany

5 January 2014 – The Feast of the Epiphany

THIS SUNDAY: In the East, this Season of Christmas is called the “Time of Manifestation”, or Showing. Today is the ‘Feast of the Manifestation’, or the Showing of the Saviour to the whole world, to all nations. In the wise men who travel from the East, we see all the nations other than the people of Israel being welcomed at the New Temple of the New Covenant – the new born child in the manger. A look at the Psalm response shows this: “All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.” The same is true of the key word in the second reading: “Revelation”. Remember that for the people of Israel this was to be their Messiah, come to restore their fortunes. By this feast, we proclaim God’s plan was to extend his salvation to men and women of every nation, of every time and every place – including us. In many ways this is our Christmas Feast, when we celebrate the Good News of the Saviour’s birth revealed at last to us.


VESPERS:  Evening Prayer for this Feast of the Epiphany takes place at 4.00pm and followed by Benediction.


NEXT SUNDAY we bring the Season of Revelations and Manifestations to a close as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. We welcome to that Mass on Sunday, particularly, the children who have begun their preparation for First Communion. We also welcome some of the families who celebrated the baptism of their children here at St B’s during 2013. This feast gives us chance to renew our own baptismal calling to be like Christ. Evening Prayer for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord at 4pm next Sunday afternoon.

THE CHRISTMAS CRIB is situated over in the Lady Chapel and will remain in place until the fortieth day of Christmas, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), 2 February. Do go and pay a visit during this beautiful Christmas Season. The basket next to the Crib is there to receive your traditional CRIB OFFERINGS which this year will go in support of the Christian Communities in Syria, made refugees by the ongoing conflict in their homeland. Our gifts will be sent to CAFOD to be sent out to those communities in need.


200 CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Renewal is due and Collette is already sending out reminders in readiness for January. It only costs £12 per year and maybe as we ‘build for the future’, this continues to be one way of boosting our income. Have a look at the spare numbers if you fancy joining up. Each monthly Draw will take place in the Hall on the last Sunday of the month. Half the monies raised goes back into our parish funds!


CHRISTMAS SEASON LUNCH: Just to keep our Christmas celebrations going on, our parish lunch takes place this coming Saturday, 11 January, with doors opening at 12.30pm. There are about 12 places remaining… that’s all. If you would like to secure yourself a seat, just fill in one of the blanks on the note in the narthex. Tickets will cost £10 a head (with a generous reduction for children) with the profits going towards our building project. You are asked to meet in the narthex of the Church from 12.30pm.


A FRESHLY PAINTED HALL: A huge thank you to the team of men and women who gave up their time on Thursday and Friday to freshen up the hall with a good clean and a new lick of paint. It was great to see people coming together and simply getting on with the task in hand. Thank you to those who worked so hard over the two days to make it all happen.


ADMISSIONS – PRIMARY SCHOOL: Applications for this September’s Reception class need to be in no later that 15 January 2014 via the local authority website. Supplementary forms need to be sent into the school no later that 1 March 2014. Make a note of the dates and don’t miss out on these places.


CATECHISTS FORMATION: This opportunity could be for you… a real chance to explore and deepen your faith as this formation course seeks to prepare the people of our diocese for the task of handing on faith to others. It begins in earnest this coming January as David Wells leads the first session on mission and evangelisationThursday 9 January at 7.30pm in the primary school. Ask FrC for more details. Come and see! This is such an exciting opportunity.


BISHOP’S VISITATION: The bishop is visiting this deanery after Christmas and comes to us on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February. Bishop Declan will celebrate both Masses over the weekend and would like to meet ‘the parish’ in our hall after Mass on Saturday evening. Whilst this is his formal visit to the parish it is, also, a great opportunity to share with him our hopes and our vision for this parish and its future. Put the note in your diaries, please. Each and every one of you is invited to come along and take part in that conversation with the bishop on Saturday 1 February around 7.00pm.


MARRIAGE CELEBRATION: This annual celebration drawing our diocese (and especially our married couples) together in celebration of the gift of marriage is taking place on Saturday 8 February at 12noon. All are welcome. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary in 2014 (silver, pearl, ruby, golden, diamond… or platinum), would you please let FrC know so that he can arrange a particular invitation? Poster in narthex.


DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI: Bishop Declan is leading a week’s pilgrimage to Assisi, walking in the footsteps of St Francis and St Clare. The pilgrimage is set to take place from 22 – 29 September 2014 and full details of the itinerary are on the notice board. FrC has further copies and booking forms. Details are also on the diocesan website. The price is only guaranteed until the end of January, so deposits need to be in before 31 January.


MEDITATION GROUP comes together again on Thursday 9 January after the morning Mass.


DIOCESAN DIACONAL STUDENTS begin their new term with us this coming Saturday. They begin by joining us for Morning Prayer and Mass on Saturday.


ROTAS: The January and February Rotas are available from the narthex and online; make sure you collect your copy.


PARISH FORUM GROUP meets this coming Tuesday at 7.30pm.


BAZAAR MEETING: Just to bring folk together at the start of the New Year, those looking after stalls, etc, are invited along on Tuesday 28 January at 7.30pm in the Hall just for a brief time to touch base ahead of May.

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