The Baptism of The Lord (A)
Mass Readings: 118 – 120
Order of Mass: Pages 7- 60
By being baptised Jesus is sharing in our lives in the most intimate way possible. He shows us the way that we can become part of him. He takes on the totality of human nature so that he can redeem the totality of human nature. He shows he is the Messiah by his life. He shows he is the Redeemer by his death.
With the end of the Christmas season, which I hope we have all enjoyed and benefited from in our community, family and personal lives, we begin the Sundays of Ordinary Time.
In fact, the first Sunday is the celebration of the Baptism of Christ and we can meditate on this remarkable happening. We all know a bit about the sacrament of Baptism and how it brings us into the life of Christ – a new spiritual life in him.
Why did Jesus need to be baptised? It was a wonderful example of humility of both Jesus and John. It was also a mutual acceptance of each other and the very different roles which God had given them in his plan of salvation. John had a very lonely role – the voice crying in the wilderness. Not himself as the Messiah but calling for repentance and preparing for the one to come, Jesus. And now Jesus has come and John sees him authenticated in the presence of the Spirit as a dove descending on Jesus and the voice from heaven saying This is my Son. (Matthew 3:13-17)
In the Baptism of Jesus, he goes down into the waters of Jordan not to have his sins taken away, but rather symbolically to take on all the sins of the world mirrored in the Jordan waters. After this, like the scapegoat in olden days driven from camp into the desert bearing the sins of all people. Jesus himself is driven into the desert by the Spirit. Here there is such an amount to ponder on. Let us try to start the ordinary year by an assessment of what our Baptism means to us in our lives.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £660.09 + £250.90 In Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £910.99p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £59.30p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s 2nd collection is for Parish Funds. Next week’s 2nd collection will be for Pax Christi (Catholic Peace Movement).
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of David Paul Wilson. The funeral service will be at 12 noon on Thursday 16th January followed by Beckenham Cemetery at 1.30pm.
May his soul rest in peace.
Sunday Hymn Practice: We will have hymn practice on Sundays at 9.15 – 9.20am for the 9.30am Mass.
Holy Communion Classes: This month’s classes continue on Tuesday 21st January at 7.30pm and then on Saturday 25th January at 10.30am in the Parish Centre.
Confirmation Classes: Please note the next classes will be on Thursdays, the 16th and 30th January at 7pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).
Children’s Liturgy Group: Children’s liturgy takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Please encourage your child to attend. Please note that younger children need to be accompanied by an adult. From this weekend (Sunday 12th January) the children will start their liturgy session from the Parish Centre at 9.25am and will then enter the church via the sacristy. Thank you. Patricia and Janette.
Single, separated, widowed or divorced? Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498
Charity Art Auction: Charity Art Auction at Farm St, Church Hall, 114 Mount Street W1A 3KH on 30th January for Aid to the Church in Need, Westminster Lourdespilgrmage and Safe Passage. Details from email@example.com
Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights collect for the Penge Food Bank on the last weekend of each month. Items that are always needed for the food bank are: Tinned meat and fish; baked beans; soup; tinned fruit; tinned vegetables; UHT milk; instant (or tinned) potatoes. The food bank also welcome donations of toiletries (eg. Deodorant, shower gel and shampoo). Please note that the food bank cannot accept any donations containing alcohol. The next collection will be 25th/26th January.
Notification of Marriage: Please note that at least six months notice of a marriage is normally required. If you are member of this parish the paper work must be completed by this parish no matter where the marriage is solemnised.
Hospital Admissions: If you are due to be admitted to hospital or if you know of a parishioner who has been admitted to hospital then please let one of the clergy know. Thank you.
Baptism Preparation will be on the 13th and 27th at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (4Genoa Road).
Friday Fasting: Please remember to abstain from eating meat on Fridays (as an act of penance for the death of Christ). Practising Catholics who do not eat meat are encouraged to give up another staple food.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (12th Jan—19th Jan 2020) (Year A)
|Sunday 12th||THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (A)|
|Martin Green RIP
People of the Parish
Martin Green RIP
|9:30am||Theodor Peter Bock RIP|
|Bridget & Michael Griffin RIP
Martin Green RIP
|9:30am||Charles Edward Brookman|
(Funeral Service) …….
|Julie Mullane RIP
David Paul Wilson RIP
|Friday 17th||St Anthony, abbott|
|9:30am||Mrs Coral Hines RIP|
|9:30am||Julie Mullane RIP|
|SECOND SUNDAY (A)
Mary Cashman & Family (Ints)
People of the Parish
Bertha Veronica Pope RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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