The Epiphany of The Lord - Sunday 6th January 2019

The Revelation of Christ -

We join all the people of the world in worshipping the infant King of the Jews

Sat 5

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - The O'Leary Family

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 6

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

 

11.00am

Mass - Special Intention - Caleb James Toyloco

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - The Jacobs Family

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Mon 7

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - David, Emma, Joseph & Sophie O'Leary

Tues 8

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Intention - Holy Souls

Ladies Circle - Church Room

Weds 9

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Holy Souls

Thurs 10

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Holy Souls

Fri 11

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

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

Adoration & The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Sat 12

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Patsy Mayhook R.I.P.

Sun 13

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

4.00pm

Mass - The Baptism of the Lord - Special Intention - Mary Ronan

Sunday School & Confirmation Group - after Mass

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

Malayalam Mass

Scripture Readings - Epiphany of the Lord - Year C
Isaiah 60:1-6; Ps 71(72); Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 ; Matthew 2:1-12

Third Isaiah was writing just after the Israelites had returned from exile in Babylon. After God promises to punish those who fail to keep his covenant, he offers participation in the future messianic salvation to all who believe in the Lord and keep his commandments. Isaiah visualises the new Jerusalem, illuminated by God, to which all peoples will stream, and a time when their offerings will be acceptable.

The psalm prays that the king's reign will be just, long, prosperous and glorious, with support for the poor.

Paul sees the Church, Christ's body, as the new Jerusalem, part of God's plan for the whole of creation. Paul joyfully tells the Ephesians that God's plan was always to take the gospel message to all: Gentiles as well as Jews are to share equally in the inheritance promised by God.

In Luke's Gospel an angel announced Jesus' birth to the poor Jewish shepherds, excluded from Temple worship by their occupation. Today Matthew describes Gentile scholars travelling from afar to bring kingly offerings to the new-born child. God's plan is already becoming known beyond Israel. But the scholars needed the Jewish scriptures to help find Jesus. We too need the Old Testament to help us understand God's plan and what he has done in Jesus for our salvation.
Psalm Response: All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.

Annual Examination of Conscience

The Holy Father invited the faithful to examine their consciences: "Have we used the past year mostly for ourselves, for our own interests or did we know to spend it for others, too? How much time did we set aside for being with God, in prayer, in silence, in adoration?"

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for

January 2019

May young people especially in

Latin America follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

Meditate - A star directed the Magi to the new born King of the Jews. The star halts over the child and their journey is complete: they are filled with joy because they see the Lord.

Pray - God of all love, you have guided many people to your Son. Grant that I may not be distracted by the things of this world, but may follow the light of the stars you have sent to guide me along the right path.

Pope Francis' New Year Message on Mary

Pope Francis invited the faithful to entrust their hearts to Mary, to look on her as a Mother to all and to see her as a messenger of hope during his homily on the Solemnity of the Mother of God. By her "example of humility and openness to God's will," she helps us to transmit our faith in a "joyful proclamation of the Gospel to all, without reservation". "In this way, our mission will be fruitful, because it is modelled on the motherhood of Mary. Let us then together invoke her: Holy Mother of God!" Mary is our Mother too.

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, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Nora McLoughlin, Emma Bonfield, Annie Jacobs, Maurice Roll, Lisa La Porta, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Fr Peter Pham,Kath Craven, Jeremy Wilcox, Linda Lane, baby Ioannis Ferao, Margaret Giltrap Joe Taitt,

Sara Quartermaine

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

Original sin is the only key which fits the whole puzzle of existence. Ronald Knox

Happiness: Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show - Pope Francis

You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments. To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons from the failures. It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity. Being happy is not a fatality of destiny, but an achievement for those who can travel within themselves. To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny's author. It is to cross deserts, yet to be able to find an oasis in the depths of our soul. It is to thank God for every morning, for the miracle of life. Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It's to be able to talk about you. It is having the courage to hear a "no". It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us. To be happy is to let live the creature that lives in each of us, free, joyful and simple. It is to have maturity to be able to say: "I made mistakes". It is to have the courage to say "I am sorry". It is to have the sensitivity to say, "I need you". It is to have the ability to say "I love you". May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness ... That in spring may it be a lover of joy. In winter a lover of wisdom. And when you make a mistake, start all over again. For only then will you be in love with life. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life. But use the tears to irrigate tolerance. Use your losses to train patience. Use your mistakes to sculptor serenity. Use pain to plaster pleasure. Use obstacles to open windows of intelligence. Never give up .... Never give up on people who love you. Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show.

The Pope's World Day of Peace message

The Pope stressed we all have a responsibility to build a world which "becomes a community of brothers who respect each other, accept each other's differences and take care of each other." We are also called to acknowledge "the violence and injustices present in many places around the world," and we cannot allow ourselves to be "indifferent and immobile." Everyone must work to build a society of solidarity and one that is "truly more just." Pope Francis said "Peace, "requires the force of meekness, the force of nonviolence of truth and of love."

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