Second Sunday - Year C - Sunday 20th January 2019

The Church's Bridegroom

The Church rejoices in her Bridegroom who will cherish her, lavish upon her the many gifts of his Spirit, and transform her into a new creation as he transformed water into wine.

Sat 19

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - John Shoreland R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 20

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

 

11.00am

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - Theresa Higgins.

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Mon 21

9.30am

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

Tues 22

9.30am

8.00pm

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

Ladies Circle - Church Room - Coffee & Chat

Weds 23

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Nancy Hughes

Thurs 24

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - John Higgins St Francis de Sales

Fri 25

9.30am

10.00am

 

7.00pm

Mass -Intention - Stella Long R.I.P. The Conversion Of St Paul

Adoration & The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Mothers Prayer Group - Church Room - Third Friday each month

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Sat 26

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Louis McLoughlin R.I.P.

Sun 27

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

 

11.00am

 

12.30pm

Mass - Special Intention - Stella Long R.I.P

Sunday School & Confirmation Group - after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

We welcome in Baptism Jude Patrick Thomas EVERATT

Scripture Readings - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Isaiah 62: 1-5; Psalm 95(96): 1-3.7-10; 1 Cor 12: 4-11; John 2: 1-11
Writing after 515 BC, when the Temple had been rebuilt after the exile, third Isaiah heavily criticised idolatry and other excesses in the Temple, and injustices among the people. But he also had this glorious vision of a restored Jerusalem, comparing the Lord's delight in his people with the bridegroom's delight in his virgin bride.
The psalm invites all mankind and all creation to praise the Lord, the one true God.

Over these Sundays before Lent we hear from Paul's letter to his beloved church in Corinth. Paul criticised the Corinthian Christians for misbehaving during the Eucharist: the rich ate and drank too well, while poorer members of the community were left out. The church should have unity in diversity: different gifts are given to different individuals, so that all contribute to the whole.

After the Baptism of Jesus, and before resuming our readings from Luke's gospel, we hear today John's description of a marriage feast at Cana. A happy family occasion, to which Jesus and his newly chosen disciples were invited. Both Isaiah and Paul saw that the Lord longs to join himself to his church as intimately as possible. Water intended for use in Jewish purification rites is replaced by the fine wine of the heavenly banquet.

Psalm Response: Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

Mrs Lisa La Porta R.I.P.

Lisa's mortal remains will be received into the Cathedral at 5pm on Tuesday 23 January.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Wednesday 24 January at 10.00am.Please keep Lisa and her family in your prayers.

Dowry of Mary - February 7th - 9th

The statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel at Walsingham will be at the Cathedral, in a little house, for three days. There will be prayers, Masses, litanies, rosaries, Angelus prayers and talks by Mgr John Armitage on the rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary, by all our Bishops, at Walsingham next year.

FAITH IN THE DIVINE PROVIDENCE

Among the Jews weddings celebrations lasted for seven days. During this period guests arrived each day. Wine was always used in celebrations. To run out of wine at a wedding feast was a bad omen and damaging to reputation.

Jesus was initially reluctant, yet Mary instructed the servants to do whatever Jesus would tell them. Mary's faith is on her son and she would be happy with whatever Jesus would consider appropriate to do. Her faith and love would not diminish even if Jesus would ignore her request. The miracle shows Mary's intercession for us with God has great power.

Let us try to be grateful to God's providence working daily miracles in our lives. Let us be like Mary a little more sensitive to the needs of others.

Collections 12/13 Jan - Many thanks

Env £210.80 - Loose £-284.38 Cafod £24

Stella Long R.I.P

Stella will be received into St. Patrick's Church on Monday 28th January at 5pm.

Funeral Mass: Tuesday 1-00pm

Please keep her in your payers.

May she rest in peace.

Meditate At the heart of this miracle is the concern shown for others. In the first instance it is Mary's concern, but then it's Jesus'. Mary's concern inspires her prayer and makes the radical transformation possible for the wedding guests. Jesus' actions bring joy. In this way they show their concern for others.

Pray - Lord, open my eyes to the needs of others. Make me concerned for them so that I can do what is in my power to alleviate the pain, frustration and anxiety of those around me.

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo, Kitty McKenna, Joan James, Geraldine House, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Doreen & James Coutinho, Bernard Gavins, Ethan A Fernandes, Phil Jacobs Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, Bridie Weir, Sharon Botterill, Jean House, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Winnie & John Kelly, Daniel Butcher, Bernadette Bollard, Margaret Dupry, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Dominic Fernandes, Chris Brady, Emma Bonfield, Babies Ricardo &Michael, Nora McLoughlin, Annie Jacobs, Maurice Roll, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Fr Peter Pham, Kath Craven, Jeremy Wilcox, Linda Lane, baby Ioannis Ferao, Margaret Giltrap, Joe Taitt, Sara Quartermaine, Nancy Hughes

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

Pope Francis - The Wedding at Cana - Reflected in the Family

Preaching in South America his homily focused on the role of Mary in the Wedding at Cana - inviting the audience to "journey with her to Cana." The Holy Father listed three characteristics of Mary to meditate on - her motherhood, her prayerfulness, and her willingness to act.

Mary's motherhood helps her notice the needs of the newlyweds when they have run out of wine. The Pope noted that wine is a sign of "happiness, love, and plenty," and that many families today have also run out of "wine" due to loneliness, unemployment, illness, and other difficulties. He highlighted the plights of youth, women, and the elderly when they experience difficult family lives.

Secondly, Mary exhibits prayerfulness when she "approaches Jesus with confidence" to make Him aware of the problem. The Pope describes the family is a school of prayer reminding us that we do not live in isolation but must be concerned about the well-being of loved ones. In the family, "we are one and we have a neighbour close at hand."

Finally, Mary acts, telling the servants to follow Jesus' commands. Those words are also directed at us; we should do what Jesus tells us and give our lives in the service of love. The Pope stressed that the family as a place where people can serve one another in love. All in the family deserve this love; "no one is rejected, everyone is worth the same."

The family is "the nearest hospital," "the first school for the young," "the best home for the elderly," and "a small Church." We need to put our efforts into strengthening the family because it is one institution which "cannot be replaced."

The Pope concluded on a hopeful note, saying that for the family "the finest wines are yet to be tasted." To those who are experiencing difficulties, to those on the outskirts of society, to those that "feel that all their jars have been broken," Jesus "pour[s] out the best wines."

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