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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

19 January 2014 – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

THIS SUNDAY: There is no break between Christmas and Ordinary Time – one flows almost seamlessly into the other through the Baptism of Jesus. We ended our Christmas Season thinking about the “revelation” of the Son of God – people realising who this “Jesus of Nazareth” actually was – and this continues today, as we interject a passage from Saint John before we begin our weekly reading through Saint Matthew’s Gospel. New Year is about beginnings, and as we return to the beginning of Our Lord’s public ministry there is a sense of something exciting about to happen – even though we know the story, we dive into it once more, like returning to a favourite novel or film. So it is with joy that we stand in the country of the river Jordan, and recognise Jesus of Nazareth as the Chosen One of God, who offers himself to do God’s work.

 

WELCOME… Fr Michael from Christ the King to celebrate the evening Mass on Saturday, and Fr Kevin Mortimer who will celebrate the Sunday morning Mass for us. We give them a warm Whitchurch welcome.

 

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 for the Crib offerings has been taken away so we can send off our offerings to CAFOD as our gift to the communities in Syria. Total in next weeks newsletter.

 

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!

 

BISHOP’S VISITATION: The bishop is visiting this deanery over the next couple of months 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 in the hall.

 

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 at about 10.15am.

 

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.

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY:  Each year, the 18-25 January is designated as a week where we pray for the unity of all Christians across our world. As part of that week of prayer, an Ecumenical Service ‘Together in Christ’ will be held on Friday 24 January hosted by the United Reformed Church, Whitchurch Village starting at 7.30pm. It will be an opportunity for us to grow in our understanding of our Christian brothers and sisters from other denominations and chance for them to deepen their understanding of us, too. Please do go along and represent St B’s at that evening of prayer. Parking behind the church.

 

PARISH BAZAAR JAMS AND PRESERVES:  in readiness for this coming May’s bazaar, Gordon is seeking donations of granulated sugar and clean jam jars that can be used as part of the stall.  Please leave jars and sugar in the Narthex.

 

SUNDAY TEA AND COFFEE: If you are not dashing off after Mass on Sunday, do go into the hall for a cup of tea or coffee… you’ll receive a warm welcome!

 

FIRST COMMUNION: It was good to see the children and their families at Mass last weekend as the youngsters were presented with their I belong workbooks. They come together when Bishop Declan visits our parish (2 February) and, as we listen to the Word of God, so the Bishop will present each of our children on their journey towards the Eucharist with a copy of the Scriptures. Let’s keep them in our prayers and ask the Lord to watch over them and bless them as they deepen their relationship with him. We pray for April, Sophia, Freya, Adrian, Toby, Jack, Sofia, Joseph, Leandro, Ellie, Daniel, Shaianna, Grace, Jake, Lenny, Bobbie, Erin, and Lucy.

 

OPENING THE WINDOWS: Many of you may remember the series of lectures at the Cathedral engaging us with the documents of Vatican II ahead of the start of the Year of Faith. Those superb lectures have been published and the book, edited by Gavin D’Costa is being launched at St James’ Priory (next to the bus station) on Thursday 30 January at 7pm. Archbishop Kevin McDonald will be speaking and all you have to do to go along is let Richard Williams at the Adult Education Office know that you would like to participate – 0117 902 5595.

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