If everyone followed the teaching of Jesus in today’s Gospel to love our enemies, the world would be a much better place. Not to retaliate when we are attacked, to lend to people who ask, to pray for those who persecute us are all difficult things to do and yet Jesus was the one who set us a fine example in this. The normal reaction when receiving injustice or being subjected to evil is to repay in the same manner. St Francis of Assisi blesses God for those who forgive for love of him; for those who, knowing how much they have been forgiven, can be merciful to others and patient with themselves.
Lent starts on Wednesday
We start Lent on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, which is a day of fasting and abstinence. Masses in the church will be at 9:00AM and 7:30PM. There will be a liturgy in the Infants School at 11:00AM and a Mass in the Annunciation Junior School at 2:00PM.
Material to help us on our Lenten journey is available in the porch: the Lenten Discuss...
Jesus did not reject the Jewish scriptures but brought them back to the basics: love of God and of neighbour. Our lives should reflect this love. Today’s Gospel passage gives us a large chunk of Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount. The basic commandment is to love God and our neighbour. All other commandments derive from this. The Book of Ecclesiasticus points out to be faithful to the commandments is within our power. In other words, God gives us the power to be faithful to his word.
Prayer and Life Workshops
Today we welcome VICKEY VENEGAS who will speak about these workshops at the end of Masses.
Would you like to learn praying in an orderly and progressive manner? How would you feel about discovering the plan the Lord has designed for YOU? Do you know God lives within you and is waiting to have a Personal Encounter with You? If any of the above appeals to you, then come and experience Prayer and Lif...
The theme of light has been prominent over the last few weeks. At Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple, Simeon remarked that Jesus would be a light to the nations, to Jew and Gentile alike. Before that, Jesus had been proclaimed as a light in the darkness through the prophet Isaiah. Today Jesus tells his disciples that they too are a light for the world. That of course means us as well. Our light must shine out through our good works so that others may in turn praise the Father in heaven.
Racial Justice Sunday
Today, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will celebrate Racial Justice- The theme is: “You are at the Heart of the Church” it will celebrate the contribution Travelling Communities make to the church in England and Wales. It is an opportunity for all Catholics to pray for, reflect on and respond to racial justice matters within the church and wider society. Racial Justice Sunday should encourage proactive discussio...
Forty days after his birth, Jesus was taken by his parents to the Temple to be presented to the Lord, as was the Jewish custom. Offerings were made and inside the temple was Simeon, a devout man who acclaimed that in seeing Jesus, he had set his eyes on the salvation of the world. This was not just for the Jewish people but for the Gentiles as well. Simeon’s, life– long anticipation had now been achieved. He said that Jesus would be a light to pagans and Israelites alike. Hence this feast day, 40 days after Christmas, has become Candlemas Day. To celebrate this, there will be extra candles at the altar and at the 6.30PM Saturday Mass, candles will be held and blessed at the start of Mass.
Blessing of Throats
On Monday we celebrate the commemoration of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr. The blessing of throats will take place at the end of the 7.30AM Mass.
First Communion Programme
First Communion Children have a session today at 9.15 in the Canon...
The Mission of John the Baptist was to point out Jesus as he walked around. Without him, some people would not have followed listened or accepted Jesus in their lives. Today Jesus is still present among us, often unrecognised by us. We can reflect on how and when we can be like John the Baptist and point out Jesus to others. At the same time, we could give thanksgiving for those who have pointed out Jesus to us.
The Bishops of England and Wales invite us to keep this Sunday as a day of prayer for world peace. The day has particular flavour this year because we pass so many significant anniversaries in the coming months: the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, marked by Holocaust Memorial day on 27th January; the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe– marked by a special Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May; then again in August, 75th Anniversary of Japan’s surrender. These events show both the human c...
Jesus’ baptism marked the moment when he left his early life behind and began his public ministry as God’s beloved Son. John the Baptist was at first reluctant to baptise Jesus, but Jesus insisted that it was what righteousness demands. The scene on the banks of the River Jordan was spectacular. The Spirit of God descended on Jesus in the form of a dove and a voice came from heaven with the Father saying ‘this is my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on him’.
White Flower Appeal
Today we have the annual White Flower Appeal from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). On 21st October 2019 the most extreme abortion regime in Europe was imposed on the people of Northern Ireland by the government at Westminster. Abortion will now be permitted for any reason up until at least 24 weeks, and even beyond that. The abortion lobby now wants to introduce this in England and Wales.
Postcards are available today for us to ask the Prime...
Today we celebrate the revealing of God’s plan to the Gentile nations. The Magi, who represent the non—Jewish people, come to Jerusalem as they search for the recently born king of the Jews and are sent on to Bethlehem, the city of King David. They bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, indicating that Jesus was God, was human and was king. We give thanks today that we have been included in this revelation, that we believe that Jesus is both God and man.
Dates for 2020
It is customary on the Feast of the Epiphany to announce the important dates in the liturgical calendar for the coming year:
Please note that from next year the Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated on 6th January, unless it falls on a Saturday or a Monday. Epiphany 2021 will be on Wednesday 6th January.
Fr. Colin would like to thank everybody for their most generous gifts and offerings that he received at Christmas as well as all the cards. I wish you every blessing for the new y...
In this final week of Advent we reflect on the preparations that were being made for the birth of our Saviour. Today the focus in on Joseph, who found himself in a dilemma. Mary was found to be with child. What should he do? As a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, he decided to divorce her informally. It was then that he received an appearance from an angel telling him that he should take Mary home as his wife, explaining that Mary had conceived by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a righteous man, loyal, close to God, full of faith. These are attributes that we should try to attain ourselves as we prepare to encounter Jesus in a new way when we celebrate his birth.
Lord Jesus you are the light of the world COME LORD JESUS
‘Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.’ These words form the Entrance Antiphon of today’s Mass set the scene for the theme of Gaudete Sunday. We long for the Lord to come into our lives in a new way at Christmas. The prophet Isaiah expresses this joy in the blind being able to see, the deaf hear, the lame leap and the dumb sing. This joy is basically because the Lord is coming to save us. John the Baptist was another who stirred the people to prepare a way for the coming of our Saviour.
An excellent way of preparing for the Saviour’s coming is to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On Wednesday, we will be having a Reconciliation Service with several priests available for confession at 7.30pm.
Lord Jesus you are the light of the world COME LORD JESUS