The Baptism of the Lord (C)
Mass Readings: 118 – 122
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
First Reading: the prophet delivers a message of consolation and hope: the Lord is “like a shepherd feeding his flock”.
Psalm: this is the first psalm at the Easter Vigil, the night of Baptisms. It speaks of God the creator and the Holy Spirit the renewer.
Second Reading: this text is the source of the line “as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ” in the prayer at Mass after the Lord’s Prayer.
Gospel: in his brief reference to Jesus’ own Baptism, Luke emphasises the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Him and the approval of the Father. He also stresses that Jesus was at prayer.
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 £523.99p + £255.60p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £779.59p. The 2nd collection for our Church Repair Fund was £86.61p. Thank you for your generosity.
First Holy Communion Classes: There will be a Parents Meeting on Tuesday, the 15th January at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (no. 4 Genoa Road).
Blessed Sacrament: In response to the Archbishop’s earlier Pastoral Letter, we will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.
Mass Intentions: Please book your 2019 masses now to avoid disappointment.
Repository: Southwark Catholic Directories for 2019 are available in the Repository, priced at £3.
Peace on our Streets: Transform Bromley Borough invite you to join us as we pray together for peace on our streets. Wednesday 16th January from 7.30pm – 9pm at Christ Church Anerley, 197 Anerley Road, London.
Alpha course at Holy Innocents’, Orpington: Over ten weeks and a weekend away, Alpha explores the meaning of life and the basic truths of our Christian faith. Everyone is welcome. One lifelong Catholic said of Alpha, “my life has not been the same since. I have a peace and joy which words cannot really express.” Another described it as “the most invigorating, incredible experience”. Why not come and find out why? Starts Friday 25th January at 7.30 pm at Holy Innocents’ Orpington. More details from Stephen Walsh (07778 612050; email@example.com).
Catholic History Walks: The City and Tower of London – Sunday 13th and 20th January, 3pm. A walk through the city with its turbulent history, as we hear the story of brave heroes such as St Thomas More and St John Fisher, walking towards the Tower of London. Meet at Monument Tube Station.
A Royal Walk – Sunday 27th January, 3pm. A walk exploring the history of the Royal Family and Catholicism, through St James’ Park and on to Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.
Follow your Heart – Discernment and Vocation: A weekend retreat for young women, reflecting on the vocation to religious life. 15th – 17th February, FCJ Community, Liverpool. To reserve a place, email or message Sr Lynne: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events at the House of Prayer in East Molesey:
I am the ‘Thou’ of God – Led by: Jill Benet – Saturday, 26 January, 2019: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Suggested Donation: £25.00 – Please bring a packed lunch.
Advanced booking essential: Please contact The House of Prayer: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail: email@example.com A day to explore this mysterious statement as the experience of God in daily life. The day will include time for silence, reflection and practice.
Thomas Merton: Master of Contemplation – Led by Prof. Peter Tyler – Saturday, 23 February, 2019: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Suggested Donation: £25.00 – Please bring a packed lunch.
Advanced booking essential: Please contact The House of Prayer: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Thomas Merton analyses the modern condition with perceptive wit and prescribes a simple solution – a deep contemplative source in our lives connected to action and witness in the world. During our day we shall explore his message and its consequences for our lives today. We shall embrace silence, poetry and careful analysis of his writings.
Faith in Action 2019 – Coming Soon! – Are you a young person aged between 9-18yrs? Read on to find out how you can take up the ‘Faith in Action’ challenge for 2019 and also register now online! ‘Faith in Action’ is a national award scheme from CYMFED which challenges young people of faith to make a difference in the world through service and spiritual reflection. There are four levels of the award – Pin, Bronze, Silver, Gold and each one recognises and celebrates the good work and positive contribution made by young people in their parishes, schools and communities. In November 2018, we were delighted to celebrate the hard work and achievements of all young people who participated in Faith in Action last year and received awards from Archbishop Peter Smith at the Faith in Action ceremony.
All young people in Bromley Deanery aged 9-18 years are invited to take part in the Faith in Action Award Scheme, which will launch for its’ second year on Sunday 27th January from 2-4pm at St Joseph’s Church, Plaistow Lane, Bromley. So, if you are a young person who reads at Mass, sings or plays an instrument in the choir, altar serves, helps or volunteers in your school or community in any way, then come along to register! Alternatively, you may want to become involved but are not sure how to begin – come along to meet the team and learn more about the range of exciting opportunities open to you. Take a look at our ‘Faith in Action Bromley Deanery’ videos on YouTube, Facebook @bromleydeanery, see our website: http://www.bromleydeanery.org/?p=526 or email email@example.com. You can also register now online, just visit the link: https://goo.gl/forms/8r6R1NbaI27YFODS2
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (13th Jan—20th Jan 2019— (Year: C)
|Sunday 13th||THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (C)|
|Dec’d of the Coyle & Malone Families
Deceased of the Grehan Family
Theodor Peter Bock RIP
People of the Parish
|Pam De Silva RIP|
|Thanks for Blessings Received
Charles Edward Brookman
|9:30am||Len Boronha RIP|
|Thursday 17th||St Anthony, abbot|
|Margaret Slaney RIP|
|Lewis Brito-Babapulle (Int)|
|9:30am||Claire Barron RIP|
|SECOND SUNDAY (C)
People of the Parish
Franny Durkan RIP
Bertha Veronica Pope RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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