Fourth Sunday (C)
Mass Readings: 132 – 135
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
The first reading reminds us that as Jeremiah was called by God to proclaim his Word, we too, are being called to proclaim, as the Second Vatican Council states that we are all prophets. Sometimes we would feel alone, but let us not forget what the Lord said to Jeremiah which he also tells us: “They will not prevail over you, for I am with you.”
We have heard Paul telling us to strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts, and the greatest is love. Love is superior to the gift of tongues, of prophecy, of faith, of charitable works, and even of giving one’s body to be burnt, which was then considered the greatest of all charisms. Paul compares love to other charisms, which will all come to an end, but love is forever. It is the greatest of the greatest of virtues. Faith will cease with the vision of God; hope will disappear into the possession of what is hoped for; but love is permanent and eternal. This wonderful hymn to love should cause us to reflect on our communities. How do we use the gifts given us, are they for the service of others or for selfish motives?
The people of Nazareth are acquainted with Jesus. They only know him as the son of a carpenter, but not the Son of God. When his people asked him for miracles as in other places, he refused; instead he told them, “No prophet is accepted in his own native place.”
Jesus recalls the examples of Elijah and Elisha who instead of helping people from their own country, helped foreigners. They were both agents of God’s mercy to foreigners. The people of Nazareth understood what Jesus meant; he wanted them to accept that salvation is not reserved for Israel. This is too much! They are already annoyed because he had abandoned their village and had gone to live in Capernaum, a town full of pagans and where the observance of the Law of Moses was not a priority.
His listeners were angry with him and drove him out of town and wanted to kill him. They were yearning for vengeance, awaiting the punishing intervention of God against those who had oppressed them for centuries. Looking at ourselves, are we not sometimes like the people of Israel who wants to retaliate? If we retaliate bad for bad, it means that we have failed to understand the Good News of Jesus, we reason just like the people of Israel. Instead of vengeance Jesus is proclaiming that salvation is for all, even giving the impression that he was taking the side of those who should be punished.
Jesus did not save us by working miracles, but by proclaiming his Gospel and by giving his life for us. The miracle is his Word, this is what works the miracles and transforms people and will create a new world. Do we go to Church to listen to his Word, or because we want miracles from him? Churches are not miracle markets but places where we listen to his Word.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Flower Arrangers.
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 £529.41p + £277.10p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £806.51p. The 2nd collection for our Church Repair Fund was £85.47p. Thank you for your generosity.
Today there will be an appeal on behalf of the Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers).
Next week there will be an appeal by the ACN (Aid to the Church In Need).
Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.
First Tuesday of the Month: On the first Tuesday of every month there will be Adoration and a Gospel discussion from 7.30 – 8.30pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome to come along this Tuesday 5th February.
Invitation to new readers: We are all called to listen to God’s word and practise that message in our lives. As a reader, you announce the message clearly so that the people take it in and respond to it. Are you good at communicating in daily life or at work, making yourself clear, getting your message across – these are the talents you need to be a good reader at Mass. We will have an introduction meeting for anyone interested in becoming a reader on Tuesday 12th February from 7.45 to 8.45pm at the church. Please come along if you would like to find out more.
Holy Communion Classes: The next dates are on Saturdays, 16th February and the 2nd, 16th and 30th March at 10.30 – 11.30am in the Parish Centre.
Follow your Heart – Discernment and Vocation: A weekend retreat for young women, reflecting on the vocation to religious life. There is nothing quite like religious life – it is an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God. 15th – 17th February, FCJ Community, Liverpool. To reserve a place, email or message Sr Lynne fcj (firstname.lastname@example.org). For further information please see the notice board.
Diocesan Job vacancies are on the Notice Board.
CYM Careers Fair – 9th February 2019: Following the success of our first CYM Careers Fair in April this year, we are planning to hold a second careers event on Saturday 9th February 2019 from 11.30-2.30pm at St James the Great Church, Petts Wood. Come and take part in ‘mock interviews’, receive one-to-one careers advice from industry professionals, find out about the range of opportunities relating to modern day apprenticeships, peer ministry and GAP year opportunities and receive practical tips to help craft the perfect CV. Register now for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cym-careers-fair-for-young-people-tickets-53537929388
Is this for you or for someone you know? St Scholastica’s Retreat – Open Day – Saturday, 16th February, 2019 The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £491pcm – more information on the poster and from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy – Princes Risborough (01844) 344437. Email: email@example.com www.stscholasticas.co.uk
Events at the House of Prayer in East Molesey:
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.
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week: The Irish Monks of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick follow the monastic rule of St Benedict. Their day is punctuated with the singing of the Liturgical ‘Hours’. Three of these services, Lauds, Vespers and Compline, along with daily Mass, are transmitted live each day from the Abbey webcam. Join them in prayer via www.newpilgrimpath.ie
Flame 3 – 2nd March 2019: Don’t miss out, book your tickets now!!
We’re excited to announce that the biggest Catholic youth event in the UK is returning to London’s Wembley Arena, as CYMFED organise Flame 2019. Many exciting speakers have already been announced and the day is expected to be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our shared faith on a grand scale. The theme for this event is ‘#Significance’ and you can find out all about the programme for this event by visiting CYMFED’s website: https://cymfed.org.uk/flame2019/. CYM Bromley Deanery will be taking a group to Flame this year and we will be travelling by coach. We still have some tickets left at the discounted price of £20, so if you are aged 14 – 29yrs and would like an amazing day, bring some friends and come along – tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out! To reserve your tickets and to find out more, email: email@example.com or contact your parish office.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (3rd Feb—10th Feb Feb 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 3rd||FOURTH SUNDAY (C)|
|Patsie O’Reilly RIP
People of the Parish
Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
Noel D’Mello RIP
|Christian & Emilia Nkpade RIP|
|Tuesday 5th||St Agatha|
|Marguerite Conn RIP
|Wednesday 6th||St Paul Miki and Companions, martyrs|
|9:30am||Alfred George Shoppie|
|Anselm Rodrigues RIP|
|Matthew Gleeson RIP|
|9:30am||Tommy Nevyan RIP|
|FIFTH SUNDAY (C)
Maria & Stanley Green RIP
Patrick McNamara RIP
People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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