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Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord

11 January 2015


THIS SUNDAY: It may seem strange, but this is a Christmas Feast. Not if we think of Christmas only in terms of the Baby in Bethlehem, but if we have followed the ideas of the Feasts of Holy Family and especially Epiphany, and have seen the Season in terms of the growing manifestation or appearing of the Son of God: first to the shepherds and then to the wise men from the East. Now in the River Jordan, Jesus, Son of Mary, is revealed to all as the fullness of all God’s promises: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved’. On this day we stand before the revelation of God’s love for us, such that he would send his only Son into the world. Christmas without the Baptism of the Lord, and the words that are spoken from heaven, would be incomplete, since it is only in them that we fully see the wonder of what happened in Bethlehem, that we fully understand the reason for the joy with which we celebrated Christmas Day. As we come to the end of Christmas today, and look forward to hearing the Gospel in Ordinary Time, we do so having been shown who it is we listen to: the only Son of God, the Beloved.


END OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON: Whilst the Crib remains in situ until Candlemas, the remaining Christmas decorations come down. As we seem to bid farewell to the season of revelations, though, we remain ever conscious that Ordinary Time invites us to live what we have celebrated over Christmas and allow the God who has revealed him in Jesus to be seen in us!


VESPERS: This Sunday, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Evening Prayer is at 4pm.

CONFIRMATION 2015: We need to keep our youngster in our prayers: Jessica O’Toole, Isabel Nicholls, Iracy Hemming, Venecia Leoncio, Lemia Leoncio, Charley O’Toole, Jeanne Pangilinan, Alyssa Virata, Gonzalo Borrallo Barragan, Ruben Borrallo Barragan, Ana Alonso, Bradley Cox, Oskar Kleszcz, Michal Komada, Benedict McGovern, Niamh Baber, Bebhinn Baber, Ellena Trickey, Luiza Bureta, and Ricco Russo. The Bishop comes to our parish to confirm these young men and women on Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 7.00pm. Everyone is invited to that Mass – not just family and friends – and it is important that as a parish community, we are there to support, to encourage and to pray for these young people. We often feel that this generation is ‘missing’ from our community. We need to let them know they belong by being with them on this important occasion. If you are free to help out with refreshments after Mass or help with the musical side of the Liturgy on that day, welcoming and hosting, please do have a word with FrC as soon as possible. Final preparation session on Wednesday 14 January at 5.45pm (until 7.15pm) in the hall.


FIRST COMMUNION: Do keep the youngster in your prayers: Logan Adams, Santiago Alonso, Kevin Binoy, Eros Canu, Isaac Chilcott, Erica Costa, Nathan Cox, Peter & John Critten, Fletcher Downs, Aiden Drew, Ashton Ducket, Oliver Jackson, Saoirse Jones, Ethan Kettle, William Morley, Hugh Murphy, Martha Peacey, Kieran Quirke, Rahul Rajesh, Steve & Ann Siby Stephen, Airen Thomas, Libby Sims, Karishma Tom, Larissa & Brianne Wright. They come to be presented with the gift of the scriptures THIS SUNDAY, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Their prep continues next Saturday (17th) at 8.45am in the hall.


A VISIT TO THE CRIB: The crib is situated over in the Lady Chapel and whilst the trees and decorations from Christmas begin to disappear after this weekend, the crib remains in place until the feast of the Presentation, Candlemas (2 Feb). Whilst you are at Mass, do go and pay a visit to the Crib and remember there those you love and those who form part of your family. Invite the children, especially, to go and pray at the Crib.


CRIB OFFERINGS: The little basket next to the crib is for your traditional crib offerings. Your gift goes to support the homeless, the hungry, the migrant and the refugee in our own city of Bristol as we continue to support the Boarderlands charity at St Nick’s.


CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE: Once again, Bishop Declan is gathering our diocesan family together to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage. Everyone is invited, most especially those who live a married life and, of course, those celebrating significant anniversaries in 2015. If you are, please let FrC know so that he can ensure you receive a personal invitation from Bishop Declan. Equally, if you are in your first year of marriage or preparing for marriage in 2015, get in touch with FrC. Mass in Cathedral on Saturday 14 February at 12noon.


YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE: Bishop Declan is inviting us to join him and the religious communities of our diocese at a celebration of Mass on Sunday 1 February in the Cathedral. Pope Francis has called us to reflect upon the witness and example given by religious and consecrated men and women. The Bishop invites us to celebrate this Year at 6pm in the cathedral. Do go and represent our parish.


A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Fun quiz and supper on Saturday 31January in the parish hall. Details to follow.


SCHOOL MASS: At the start of the new term, mass on Monday morning is celebrated in the primary school at 9.45am.


JOSEPHINE LAWLEY RIP: After a short spell in hospital, Josephine Lawley died last weekend. Her funeral will take place here on Wednesday 28 January at 11.00am followed by burial at Whitchurch cemetery. May she rest in peace.


DIOCESAN CATECHISTS’ FORMATION COURSE: The superb formation course for existing and interested ‘those who would like to consider being’ catechists is taking place across 2015 in Bath. Details are on the notice board. The course begins at the start of February and is a wonderful way to explore the ministry of handing on faith to others. If you would be interested, have a word with FrC.


REFRESHMENTS in the hall after Mass this Sunday.


WELCOME: Fr Michael Derrick will be here next Saturday evening and Fr George here on Sunday morning.

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