The Baptism of the Lord - 10th January 2021

Sat 9

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - The Baptism of the Lord

Sun 10

9.30am

Mass - The Baptism of the Lord

Tue 12

9.30am

Mass

Fri 15

9.30am

Mass

Sat 16

6.00pm

Mass - Peace Sunday - 2nd Sunday

Sun 10

9.30am

Mass - Peace Sunday - 2nd Sunday

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Readings 10 Jan 2021 - The Baptism of the Lord, Year B - Isaiah 55:1-11; 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1 : 7-11

The Baptism of the Lord - The Father anointed his beloved Son,

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

Isaiah reminds the exiled Israelites God has not forgotten his everlasting covenant. They are invited to return

to him, looking forward to the heavenly banquet in the end days. But they must "listen, and your soul will live". In every Mass we are "called to the supper of the Lamb". Isaiah urges: "seek the Lord while he may be found": hidden and unimaginably different from us, yet he is "still near" and "rich in forgiving".

The psalm, also by Isaiah, expresses our thanks to the Lord, who has saved us in spite of his anger.

We exultantly praise God in return.

John briefly summarises the basis of our faith, namely that the man Jesus is Son of God, God's Christ. Both the water at his baptism, and the water and blood pouring from his side on the Cross, witness to Jesus' humanity.

Just as Baptism and the Eucharist witness to our faith, which demands that we love God as we love his son.

Loving God is an act of will, not emotion: it means keeping his commandments.

Unlike the other three gospels Mark has no prologue: after quoting Isaiah he starts immediately with John the Baptist proclaiming the coming of the Lord. God was revealed to the Jews during the Exodus and in their return from exile. Now God reveals himself to the whole world through his Christ. Jesus is confirmed as God's Son by the Father and by the Spirit.

Psalm Response - With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Spiritual Holy Communion - Oh Jesus, my God, I love you, but unfortunately, I cannot receive you in Holy

Communion at this time. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like your own most Sacred Heart. Amen.

Daily Mass on line www.northamptondiocese.org/live.

Pope Francis - Prayer to the Creator

pope francisLord, Father of our human family, you created all human beings equal in dignity, pour into our hearts a fraternal spirit and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world. One without hunger, poverty, violence and war.

May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth.

May we recognise the goodness and beauty that you have sown in each of us, and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects, and shared dreams. Amen

 

Prayer during the coronavirus pandemic

Today I pray,. Lord, for all of us to be strong. To believe and have faith. To love, care and respect one another. To have patience and listen. To show gratitude. Pray for one another. Pray for the sick. The deceased. For those who cannot pray and need our help. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Amen

Moveable Feasts

Ash Weds. - 17 Feb

Easter Triduum - 1-3 April

Ascension Day - 13 May

Pentecost - 23 May

Trinity Sunday - 30 May

Corpus Christi - 6 June

Sacred Heart of Jesus -11 June

Christ the King 21 Nov

 

On 25th January 2021 from 7.15pm to 9pm

An online reflection on Pope Francis' call to serve the poor as a fruit of life in the Holy Spirit.

An inspiring evening of praise and worship.

Input by Bishop David Oakley and discussion.

To register go to: http://tiny.cc/dstccr

A NEW YEAR PRAYER

God, thank you for a new year. We know you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive others. As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires.

Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

Please Pray during the Week for

The Church. The lonely & frightened. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick (Pauline Goodly) -and their carers. Victims of coronavirus. World leaders to unite to find a covid solution. The poorer countries where disease and risk are heightened by food and medicine shortages. Victims of oppression and racial hatred. In gratitude to God for his gifts, his mercy and unconditional love.

the success of the vaccine and lock down programmes - in thanks to god for his loving care.

On the feast of the Baptism of Jesus, we rediscover our Baptism. Just as Jesus is the Father's beloved Son, we too are reborn by water and the Holy Spirit and know that we are beloved children - the Father loves us all!

The object of God's love, entrusted with a great mission to witness and proclaim the Fathers boundless love to all men and women.This feast of Jesus' Baptism reminds us that we, too, have been reborn in Baptism, and that the Holy Spirit came to us and remains in us. May Mary most Holy helps us to always better understand the gift of Baptism and to live it consistently in our everyday lives. Pope Francis

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Water and the Spirit

That Jesus should come and be baptized by John is surely cause for amazement. To think of the infinite river that gladdens the city of God being bathed in a poor little stream; of the eternal and unfathomable fountainhead that gives life to all men being immersed in the shallow waters of this transient world!  

He who fills all creation, leaving no place devoid of his presence, he who is incomprehensible to the angels and hidden from the sight of man, came to be baptized because it was his will.

The baptism of Jesus reminds us of our identity as children of God. By Baptism we become the sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus, members of his Church, heirs of Heaven and temples of the Holy Spirit. Thus, we experience the joy of the presence of God in us and among us.

Baptism reminds us also of our mission to live as the children of God and to bear witness to our faith in God by words and deeds of love, compassion and peace.

Father, all-powerful and unseen God, you dispelled the shadows of this world when Christ, the true Light,dawned upon us.  Look favourably upon us, Lord, and we will praise and glorify his birth as man.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.