The Baptism of the Lord - 12 January 2020

The Father anointed his beloved Son

with the Holy Spirit and with power, to bring healing and peace to all nations.

Sat 11 January



Vigil Mass - Intention - Patrick McGee R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 12


Nazareth Hse




Mass - Intention - Christine Boodle R.I.P. and our Parish

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Intention - Morris Jacobs R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass Fourth Sunday each month at 4.00pm

Monday 13


Mass - Intention - Seamus O'Neill R.I.P.

Tuesday 14



Mass - Private Intention

Ladies Circle - Church Room

Wed 15


Foundation Mass -Intention - Joan Billingham R.I.P.

Thurs 16


Foundation Mass - Intention - Frank & Joan Billingham R.I.P.

Fri 17

9.30 am

10. 00am


Mass - Intention - Mai Kneafsey R.I.P.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass - followed by Adoration

Sat 18



Vigil Mass - Intention - Bernard John Doherty R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 19


Nazareth House




Mass - Intention - Stella Long

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Intention - Paula Fullthorpe R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - 4th Sunday each month at 4.00pm

Scripture Readings - Feast of The Baptism of the Lord - Year A

Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7; Psalm 28(29); Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17

In this "servant song" second Isaiah rejoices when, in 539 BC, King Cyrus released Israel from their exile in Babylon. But he asked how had this come about? It was not any human agency. It was Israel's God who freed his servant, Israel, whom he had formed and chosen for a purpose, and given his spirit.
After calling all to praise the Lord, the psalm describes a magnificent theophany: God's majesty revealed in a tremendous thunderstorm.

In Acts, Peter applies this message to Jesus, whom "God anointed with the Holy Spirit". Peter just had a vision showing that nothing we eat can make us unclean. Therefore he felt willing to enter the house of Cornelius, against the Jewish Law. Then the Holy Spirit came upon this Gentile household. So Peter had to baptise them: he now understands how the Gospel must be taken to Gentiles, in spite of Jewish purity laws.
After a big build-up by the Baptist about the coming of the powerful messiah, the adult Jesus appears for the first time in this Gospel, and quietly insists on being baptised by John. Jesus has to be identified with sinners to fulfill God's plan. God then confirms Jesus as his Son. Thus fortified, Jesus will then be led into the wilderness to be tested by the devil

Psalm Response - The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Welcome to Canon David Oakley - Bishop Elect of Northampton Diocese

The Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and

currently rector of St. Mary's College, Oscott, to be the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect David in Northampton Cathedral at 11 am on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2020.

Bishop Peter rejoices in this good news. He has worked closely with Bishop Elect David during his seven years as rector of the seminary at Oscott, and knows him to be a man of faith and prayer, and a pastoral priest and wise teacher.

Bishop Peter joins the priests and deacons, and the religious and people of the Diocese in giving thanks to God and welcoming Bishop Elect David and praying for him as he prepares for his ordination as Bishop.

New year's resolution: Make a difference through CAFOD

Why not try something calorie-free and life giving? CAFOD needs people to visit our Catholic schools and inspire students to act on their sense of justice. You don't have to be a teacher for this, only a passion for CAFOD's work and an ability to communicate well with children and young people.

If you can motivate others, we have the ideal role for you - inspiring other volunteers in nearby parishes.

Also, we would love to share more of the great acts of love carried out by our parishes and schools via media. So, if you are able to help promote our work in this way, we would love to hear from you.

All necessary training, travel expenses and resources will be provided.

Contact - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01494 863 777.

Please Pray For The Sick

Ann Wilson, Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Chris Brady,

Jean House, Kitty McKenna, Joe Taitt, Phil Jacobs, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Bridie Weir,

Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, James Coutinho, Sharon Botterill, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Daniel Butcher, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Linda Lane, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Sara Quartermaine,

Annie Jacobs, Enzina D'Eramo, Nora McLoughlin, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes,

Fr Peter Pham, Kath Craven, Nancy Hughes,

Jeremy Wilcox, Phyl Thorley. Bess Priestnall, Maureen Sims. Margaret Giltrap,

Please tell the clergy of parishioners housebound in care, hospital or who would like the sacraments.

CAFOD Cash for trash - we have another sack to fill - please see the table at the back of Church.

It is better to illuminate than merely to shine. St Thomas

Eternal life is not a life for the future. By love we start eternity right here below. Henri De Lubac

Offerings -5 January - Many thanks

Env £177.00 Loose £174.72 Cafod £31.72

Standing Orders £166. 77

It is better to illuminate than merely to shine.

St Thomas Aquinas

Eternal life is not a life for the future.

By love we start eternity right here below.

Henri De Lubac

Prayer Intentions for Ordinary Time

especially on the given dates.

19th January - Peace on Earth

18-26th January - Christian Unity

8th February - Victims of Trafficking

9th February - Racial Justice

11th February - The Sick and their Carers

23rd February - The Unemployed

Mai Kneafsey R.I.P. Mai's mortal remains will come into the Church on Monday 20th January at 5.00pm. Her Funeral Mass is at 12.45pm on Tuesday 21st January. May She Rest In Peace.

Moveable Feasts of the Church Year - 2020

12th January - Baptism of the Lord. 26th February - Ash Wednesday. 9th - 11th April - Easter Triduum

12th April - Easter Sunday. 21st May - Ascension of the Lord. 31st May - Pentecost. 7th June - Trinity Sunday. 14th June - Corpus Christi.

19th June - Sacred Heart of Jesus.

22nd November - Christ the King.

God acts in the midst of our trials and failures


Love for God is always fruitful, Pope Francis said last Wednesday, stressing that Christ can bring good - even an apparent failure.

"Paul teaches us to live through trials by holding on to Christ to mature the conviction that God can act even in the midst of apparent failures. The certainty that whoever gives himself to God for love will surely be fruitful," Pope Francis said.

"Love is always fruitful, love for God is always fruitful. If you let yourself be taken by the Lord and you receive the gifts of the Lord, this will allow you to give them to others," the pope added.

The pope also asked people to pray for the people of Australia after the worst fire season in the country's history scorched millions of acres of land this week.

Based on Catholic News Agency report by Courtney Mares

The Holy Father's Prayer Intention for January

May all Christians, followers of other religions,

and all people of good will

promote peace and justice in the world.

Thank you for Mass offered and prayers said for Ian Pople. He has been given the all clear.

Next Sunday is Peace Sunday

Pax Christi is the Catholic Movement for peace in England & Wales - its work is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. Its vision is of a world where people can live in peace. Rooted in Catholic Christianity it works, with all who share its values, to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice. Envelopes are available at the back of Church if you are able to offer any financial support. They can be place in the collection next Sunday.

Prayer for Peace - Strengthen O Lord our determination to work for a world of peace and justice-conviction that whatever our nationality or race we are all global citizens - one in Christ- courage to challenge the powerful with the values of the Gospel commitment to find non-violent ways of resolving conflict- personal, local, national and international efforts to forgive injuries and to love those that I find hard to love.