The Epiphany of the Lord
Mass Readings: Pages 115 – 118
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?” For we have observed his star in the East, and have come to worship him” (Mt 2:2).
With these words the Magi came to worship the newborn King.
These men saw a star that made them set out. The discovery of something unusual in the heavens sparked a whole series of events. The star did not shine just for them, nor did they have special DNA to be able to see it. As one of the Church Fathers rightly noted, the Magi did not set out because they had seen the star, but they saw the star because they had already set out (cf. Saint John Chrysostom). Their hearts were open to the horizon and they could see what the heavens were showing them, for they were guided by an inner restlessness. They were open to something new.
A holy longing for God wells up in the heart of believers because they know that the Gospel is not an event of the past but of the present. A holy longing for God helps us keep alert in the face of every attempt to reduce and impoverish our life. A holy longing for God is the memory of faith, which rebels before all prophets of doom. That longing keeps hope alive in the community of believers, which from week to week continues to plead: “Come, Lord Jesus”.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Knights of St Columba.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £675.84p + £258.98p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 934.82p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £ 70.98p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for Parish Funds.
UCM: On Tuesday 9th January, the UCM will be celebrating 80 years since its foundation in Anerley. There will be a Mass will be at 7pm followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre afterwards. All past, present and prospective members are very welcome to join us.
Mass Intentions: Please speak directly to Father Stuart if you have any mass intentions and try to give at least 3 months notice in order to get your specific dates. Please do not email requests to the presbytery. Thank you.
Thank you: We wish Alexis Pottinger many thanks and a fond farewell as she is soon to be leaving St Anthony’s Parish. Alexis has been an active member of St Anthony’s Parish for many years and she will be greatly missed.
Lighting: Please note that the new lighting system will be installed soon. The work is scheduled to begin on Monday 15th January. There will be mass as usual, at 9.30am, during the week.
Catholic Schools: Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need to make your voice heard. The government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.
National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life: On Friday 12th January, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in this Country. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed, and it really does save lives. Please also pray that buffer zones around abortion centres won’t be introduced. For information on the days of Prayer and Fasting see:
Catholic Youth Ministry – Faith in Action: Take up the Faith in Action challenge! Come to register on Saturday 27th January 2018 at 10.30am at St Josephs Church, Plaistow Lane, Bromley. Please see the poster on the notice board for more information or email Susan Longhurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eucharistic Congress, Liverpool, 7-9 September 2018. Two members of the parish have volunteered to attend the Eucharistic Congress next year. We need a small group of parishioners to work with our two delegates to prepare for the Congress and to spread the message which comes back from the Congress. If you would like to be part of this group, please contact the presbytery or speak to a member of the Parish pastoral council.
Are you worried about dementia? On Monday March 5th at 7.30 pm. there will be a talk and discussion about spotting the first signs of dementia and what we can do about them. It will be held in the main hall Our Lady of the Annunciation Bingham Road,Addiscombe. Refreshments and cash bar available. All are welcome. For more information please see the noticeboard or contact John Woodhouse 0790 8888 586 (by text) Norwood Catenian circle.
Southwark Directories: The directories are now available in the repository.
Parish Diaries and Parish Calendars: The Parish Diaries and Parish Calendars (depicting all the Parish Stations of the Cross) are still available from the repository. Please do take a look.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Bridget McLaughlin, John Barry, Margaret Southwell, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.
Please remember to turn off your mobile phone when you enter the Church.
Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (7th Jan– 14th Jan 2018) (Year: B)
|Sunday 7th||The Epiphany of the Lord (Year B)|
|Neil O’Neil RIP
Josepha BritoBabapulle Int.
People of the Parish
|Monday 8th||The Baptism of the Lord|
|9:30am||Deceased of the Maloney Family|
UCM 80th Anniversary Mass
|9:30am||Velma Campbell RIP|
|9:30am||Lily Donohoe RIP|
|9:30am||Milika Brookes (Healing & Peace in our World)|
|Theodor Peter Bock RIP|
|Second Sunday (Year B)
Peggy Molloy RIP
Geoff Rhodes Int.
People of the Parish
Gabriel Alaneme RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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