Second Sunday (C)
Mass Readings: 127 – 129
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
The first reading contains a message of hope for God’s people at one of the lowest moments in their history. Jerusalem lay in ruins. The city’s plight reflected that of the nation as a whole, Israel, once God’s bride, was now like a widow bereft of children. However, her husband, God has not forgotten her. There will be a new wedding feast, and God and his people will be like newly-weds again. This sets the wedding feast at Cana.
Even though this is the year of Luke, we begin with a reading from John. At Cana in Galilee Jesus ‘let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.‘
The story must not be taken literally. What matters is not so much the story in itself but the symbolic significance the evangelist has given to it. The miracle is described as the first of the signs given by Jesus.
What Jesus did at Cana was not a once off thing. It symbolises something that happened throughout his ministry. The changing of water into wine is a symbol for what he was about.
John depicts Mary as involved at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and again at the end of it when she is present at the foot of the Cross. Mary is associated with the whole of his ministry. But her role must always be seen in relation to that of her Son.
In the Second Reading Paul is challenging the attitudes of the Corinthians towards ‘charism’ or spiritual gifts. Some thought that their gifts were more important than those of others and regarded such gifts as given to them for their own glory. Paul tells them that gifts are for service. Though there are many charisms or spiritual gifts, all come from the same Spirit, and should be used for the building up of the community.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £730.54p + £354.95p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £1085.49p. The 2nd collection for our Church Repair Fund was £52.58p. Thank you for your generosity.
Blessed Sacrament: 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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Catholic History Walks: The City and Tower of London – 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. 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(email@example.com. For further information please see the notice board.
Diocesan Job vacancies are on the Notice Board.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (20th Jan—27th Jan 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 20th||SECOND SUNDAY (C)|
|People of the Parish
Franny Durkan RIP
Bertha Veronica Pope RIP
|Monday 21st||St Agnes|
|Claire Barron RIP|
|Alexander Doci (Int.)
The Holy Souls
|9:30am||George Loader RIP|
|Thursday 24th||St Francis de Sales|
|Claire Barron RIP|
|Friday 25th||The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle|
|Saturday 26th||Ss. Timothy and Titus, bishops|
|9:30am||Ronald George Hibbons|
|THIRD SUNDAY (C)
Claire Barron RIP
People of the Parish
Adrian Brito-Babapulle (Int.)
Vera McLaughlin RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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