Bulletin 24th January 2016
Mass times: Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15 & 11am.
Kathleen Williams, Dr Salvia (lately dead), Florence Jackson, James Sergeant, Patricia Ronan, Agnes Appleton (anniversary): Ann Stanfield, Kath Kelly (poorly); Paul Appleton, Martha Robinson (birthday memories); Sally & Ray, Annie & Harold Thompson, Agnes Wadsworth, Chris (Successful Op); Peter Reid; Mavis & family; Tom Taylor; Jerry Monaghan, Eveline & James Edwards; Baby Madesa Maguire (1 ½ lbs!)
WELL EARNED RETIREMENT.
Congratulations & most grateful thanks to Jim & Margaret Martin. After 28 yrs. of dedicated service to the Red Boxes, during which time they have banked an amazing £70,000, they have finally “hung up their boots!”. Jim, Margaret, on behalf of the Missions & the Parish, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Enjoy your retirement.
BACON BUTTIES! After both Masses NEXT Sunday!
CHARTER PLAYERS are arranging CELEBRATIONS for both St. Patrick’s & St. George’s nights. Details shortly!
Next week’s bulletin: Contact Dennis on 789 4462 or see Fr. John.
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME…”
“HE HAS SENT ME TO BRING THE GOOD NEWS, “
Today, in the Synagogue, JESUS reveals His true identity. HE IS THE PROMISED MESSIAH.
In the first Reading from the Old Testament, Ezra tells the people to go & celebrate. Don’t be sad, the joy of the Lord is your strength.
What then, is this “GOOD NEWS”?
Simply, YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD
During this coming year all our Sunday Gospel Readings are taken from the Gospel of St. Luke- “The Gospel of the compassion of Jesus Christ”.
Jesus reached out to those in need, sits at tables with sinners, with outcasts, sick people, criminals, those who were poor. The Jesus of St. Luke did not come to call those who were righteous & respectable, or who thought they were. He has much more time for those who are sinners & know it. St. Luke’s Gospel is like a Rogue’s Gallery where we meet all kinds of unsavoury characters! The Jesus of St. Luke keeps strange company- born in a stable surrounded by low-grade shepherds & dying nailed to a cross between two criminals.
CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
Tomorrow, Monday, is the final day of prayer for the Unity of ALL Christian Churches. Pope Benedict on his historic visit in 2010- “Anglicans & Catholics must not see each other as competitors seeking the greatest numbers, BUT AS WITNESSES TO THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST”. “We must reach out in friendships & respect them & their beliefs”
PS: We were well represented at St. John’s here on the Height last Sunday afternoon. THANK YOU
And finally, pearls from our Parishioners!
“Sorry to disturb you, Fr. John? It won’t take a minute”
“No come in. I’m just rehearsing one of my sermons”. “At least you’re practicing what you preach” ---Yeeuk!
“Sorry, Fr. John that Billy got up & walked out during your sermon. He wasn’t being rude; he was just sleep walking!” Thank you!
“Fr. John is putting together a volume of his sermons to be published POSTHUMOUSLY”. “Oh, really? I shall look forward to that!” Thanks!
“Billy? Do you say any prayers? “ “Yes every day I thank God that I’m an Atheist!! Beat that if you can!