Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph - Sunday 30th December 2018

The Holy Family

We celebrate that Holy Family of Nazareth which is the model for all who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

Sat 29

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Thomas Proctor R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

 

Sun 30

Nazareth Hse

 

9.30am

11.00am

The Feast of the Holy Family

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Mass - Specia Intention - The Jacobs Family

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Mon 31

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Bishop Peter

Tues 1 Jan

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Mariyam R.I.P. Mary, Mother of God

Ladies Circe restarts next week

Weds 2

9.30am

Mass - Spl Int - Joanne & Jon Whyman Ss Basil the Great & gregory Nazianzen

Thurs 3

9.30am

Mass - Intention - The Holy Souls

Fri 4

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - The Everett Family

Adoration & The Sacrament of Reconciiation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Sat 5

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - The O'Leary Family

Sun 6

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

Mass - Special Intention - Caleb James Toyloco

Sunday Schoo & Confirmation Group - after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - The Jacobs Family

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings - Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph - Year C
1 Sam 1:20-22.24-28; Psalm 83(84);1 John 3:1-2.21-24; Luke 2:41-52


Hannah was constantly tormented for her barrenness by Elkanah's other wife. Every year, they went on pilgrimage to Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant resided. One year Hannah prayed for a long time, promising the Lord that if he granted her request for a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord. The priest Eli added his prayers to hers. After Samuel was born, Hannah took him to Shiloh and left him with Eli, dedicated to the Lord, where later he was called as a prophet.
The psalm expresses intense longing to experience the Lord's presence in his Temple.
Luke's story of the boy Jesus in the Temple poses the question: did the human child Jesus show divine knowledge and powers before his baptism, when God proclaimed him as his Son and he started his ministry?

Psalm Response: They are happy who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Feast of the Holy Family - this weekend

Couples are invited to come forward after

Mass to renew their wedding vows.

Today's Gospel tells of the extraordinary wisdom of Jesus even at the age of twelve. Yet the story plainly says that Jesus lived under the authority of Mary and Joseph. God's humility is seen as the Son of God lives a human life

Sunday School & Confirmation Groups restart

Sun 6th Jan after Mass

Ladies Circle meets again - Tuesday 8th January

Thank you for your generous Christmas offerings, you Mass cards, Christmas cards and prayers. May God bless you all. Fr Benny.

Thanks for your cards, gifts and especially prayers. With every blessing for the New Year. Deacon Michael

Pope Francis - the challenge of Christmas - and for 2019

Let us allow ourselves to be challenged by Jesus.

Let us go to him with trust, from that area in us we feel to be marginalised, from our own limitations. Let us touch the tenderness which saves. Let us draw closer to God who draws close to us, let us pause to look upon the crib, and imagine the birth of Jesus, light, peace, utmost poverty and rejection. Let us enter into the real Nativity with the shepherds, taking to Jesus all that we are, our alienation, our unhealed wounds. In Jesus we will enjoy the flavour of the true spirit of Christmas; the beauty of being loved by God. With Mary and Joseph we pause before the manger, before Jesus who was born as bread for my life. Contemplating his humble and infinite love, let us say to him; thank you, thank you because you have done all of this for me.

A BIG THANK YOU- Our thanks to all who helped to prepare our Church for the Christmas season - Our servers, extraordinary ministers, choir, readers, the children at the Children's Mass, those organising the collections and offertory processions. More help is welcome. Please speak to Fr Benny or Dcn Mick

PASTORAL LETTER FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Rt Rev Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope that Christmas at home and in the parish is going really well. During this holy season,we celebrate the birth of Jesus, God becoming man, so that we might share in the eternal life of God.

As the days and weeks of our lives fly by, we are invited to open our hearts to that mystery. How much richer our lives can become when we walk in the company of Jesus. Our thoughts, our words and our actions have a deeper meaning when they are our response to God's love for us.

During this Christmas time, we hear how Jesus embraces our own human experience, and walks with us, in his birth, and as a member of the Holy Family. In our own uncertain times, it is good to remember how Mary and Joseph fled with Jesus from the threat of persecution, and how they lived as refugees in Egypt before returning home.

And Mary and Joseph had to wrestle with the mystery of their Son. Like all parents, they agonise when he goes missing on their journey back from Jerusalem. When they find him in the temple, they must have been perplexed, if not hurt, by what Jesus said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know I must be busy with my Father's affairs?" Yet he goes down with them to Nazareth and lives under their authority, while Mary stores up all that had happened in her heart.

As we listen to the story of the Holy Family, our thoughts turn naturally to our own families. All of us have our ups and downs, our failures and our sufferings, our successes and our tragedies. No family is perfect. As I have mentioned before, I have an alcoholic brother and a lovely niece who got married in a hotel and whose two boys have not been baptised. Yes, there are so many influences that take those we love and cherish away from Christ and his Church.

What must we do? We must continue to love and cherish one another within our families. Embrace them whatever their situation. And in our parishes we must find ways constantly to pray for and celebrate Sacramental Marriage with the renewal of vows and special anniversary blessings. Week by week, we should try to support one another in our families, those recently arrived in the parish, young families, one parent families, couples coping with children leaving home, and couples in old age, and those who are widowed, and those who are separated and divorced. And do not forget those of us who are single, living out our precious vocation.

Is the parish involved in preparing couples for marriage, encouraging them in the early years of marriage and continuing to support them? Is there a care for parishioners whose marriages have broken down and those in second marriages? This should not be another job for "Father" but, with his blessing, perhaps there is some small initiative you could take, to build up marriage ministry in the parish. To support us, we now have a Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Commission and a Project Worker.

From the beginning the union of one man and one woman has been God's plan. It is the school of love and faith. It is the building block of our society and, at a time when there is so much marriage breakdown, marriage ministry is a priority. There are times when we are dismissed as irrelevant. But what could be more relevant than a community supporting marriage sensitively and with compassion?

A new year lies ahead. Let us place ourselves in the heart of the Holy Family that, whatever the year brings, we may seek to be like them, trusting in God and trusting in one another. That call to trust and live with integrity is a big "ask" at a time when there is little trust and everyone claims their own truth. Through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, may we become more like Jesus, growing in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with one another. Happy New Year!

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