Sunday 5th January 2020 – Epiphany of the Lord
(Mass page 115)
Niah-Rae Williams will be baptised at 1pm today. Congratulations to her family.
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 4th in the church Vigil, The Epiphany of the Lord 6.30 pm For the intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Sunday 5th January in the church, Mass, Epiphany of the Lord 11.00 am For the intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Monday in the church 9.00 am For the intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Tuesday in the church 9.00 am No Mass. Prayer of the Church
Wednesday in the church 9.00 am For the intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Thursday in the church Funeral Mass, Eileen Foley 12.00 noon
Friday in the church KS1 School Mass
Saturday in the church 9.00 am For the intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Saturday 11th January in the church Vigil, The Baptism of the Lord 6.30 pm Intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Sunday 12th January in the church Mass, The Baptism of the Lord 11.00 am Intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am. Saturdays at Sacred Heart: Adoration, confessions 10.00 am Saturday.
Please also pray for all those who are unwell at home or in hospital – and those who care for the sick.
Thank you for the last week’s collection of £ 443.45, plus your regular standing orders of £432.35.
The retiring collection for Centenary Year totalled £ 329.58. Many thanks.
Mass information for 11th & 12th January, Baptism of the Lord
Saturday 11th January: Announcer: Ann Fleet. Readers: Claire Brady, John McConnon, David Barrett
Eucharistic Ministers: David Raynes, Peter Roche,* Steve McGarry
Sunday 12th January: Announcer: Janet Reader. Readers: Mike Nadin, Monica Grant, Gerard Strain
Eucharistic Ministers: John Mizzi*, Mike Nadin, Mary Nadin, Juliet White, Barbara Parker
Children’s Liturgy: Group 1: Debbie. Group 2: Magdalene
Holy Communion Visits at home: If you know of anyone who needs to receive Holy Communion at home, please ring the Parish on 2343580 or Chris Ashton on 2343580. Patient in hospital: Ring the voicemail on 2714999.
Church Cleaning: Sat. 18th January 11am: Group 1: J McDonnell, A&L Murray, J&C Uwaoma
Sat. 1st February 11am: Group 2: J Corrigan, M&A Fleet, S&J House, P McConnon, H Woods
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 7th January,7.30pm: Barbara Hartley 2343580
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the presbytery. Barbara Beatson 2343580.
Youth Friendship: Fridays in the Presbytery, 6.30 to 8.00pm. Years 6,7& 8. Dates for 2020 to follow.
Parish Census: Please take a census form from the back of church and return your completed form to the box in the church porch. The information will help us compile a new Parish Register. Thank you
Justice and Peace group: The next meeting will be on Monday 13th January at Sacred Heart
presbytery at 7:30 pm. If anyone has any agenda items, please contact Ailsa, who will send out an agenda before the meeting.
Prayer for Christian Unity – Churches Together: Thursday 23rd January 10am to 4pm, “TABS”, Proctor Place S6 4HF. Informal Public Prayer, 7.30 – 8.00 pm, followed by fellowship and refreshments. Please see the posters in church.
Mass Book Dedications
We are now using our new Mass Books, which replace the Sunday Message. This book is for Cycle A and we will buy Cycles B and C over the next 2 years to complete the set. In order to personalise these books to our parish and indeed offset some of the cost, dedications are now available for purchase. A Give Net website has been set up to enable this. Whilst the labels will be printed, the dedications will be handwritten, so each will be truly personalised. Simply visit the https://www.give.net/sacredheartbooks and get your Dedication started. A donation of £5 per label is suggested. Should you not be an internet user and / or cannot get your children or grandchildren to help you, envelopes for dedications and offerings will be made available soon to assist with this. MASS BOOKS, LIKE HYMN BOOKS, WILL NEED TO BE LEFT AT THE BACK OF CHURCH AFTER MASS.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Epiphany: Mission of the Star for Humanity
The call at the heart of the Epiphany is that each of us is called to illuminate the path of our brothers and sisters by word and by the example of our lives. Today theses encouraging phrases resounds with this truth: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord has risen upon you”, “Above you the Lord rises” “the nations will come to your light” and “Kings will come to your glory”. We should, like bright stars (Philp 2:15) reflect the glory of the Lord as polished mirrors. But if we like Herod, continue to hold on to power and position that are earthly, comfort and convenience that limit effort for sincere search, prestige and popularity and care of today, we will turn a deaf ear to this awesome call to shine as bright stars. We may become misled and misleading on our path to life eternal.
The language of the star contains a message of hope. Those who seek God sincerely in their heart will find him. The Star of David, the compass of our life will surely lead us to a safe harbour, and we could become stars that will lead others to Christ. Our entire life is a journey to God. On this journey we are not alone. God walks with us in several ways, providing stars to light and guide our path. Epiphany celebrates a feast of that manifestation and arrival, the end of our search for him “… the saw the child and his mother.” May we too find Christ at the end of our entire life’s quest. Epiphany is a feast of light. Christ our light, the morning star, has come to lead us to God the father. Epiphany is the feast of the manifestation of the children of God. We are the light of the world and we must let our light shine. Epiphany is the festival of lights. Christ invites us into the light of his glory, so that the hidden power of our Christianity can be made manifest in our darkened world.
In all these, the star of Bethlehem rises for us still:
In the reading of the scriptures and spiritual works; the star rises.
In the sacraments and sacramentals of the church, the star rises still.
In the faith community at prayer and our common fellowship, it rises.
In the person and ministry of the priest, the star of David rises.
In the twinkling smile of the little children, Christ our morning star rises eternally.
In the brightness of the holy life of saints, the star rises and shines still.
The true star led the magi to the child Jesus. Upon seeing him, they fell on their knees and did him homage and offer the gifts of their lives. Let us pray, that the true star will lead us and, in his light, may we see light. Amen
You are all welcome to join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass
For Mass Booking: Please contact Richard on 2343580 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a Mass for a date of your choice or give your request in writing to Fr Michael.
Parish Safeguarding Representatives: Fiona O'Farrell. For non-urgent matters, please contact Fiona on 2343580, or in church after Mass on Sunday. For urgent matters go to the Hallam Safeguarding Team on 2566453.
Volunteers Needed – Carmel Care Lunch Club: 172 Dykes Hall Road S9 4GS: Carmel Care is seeking to recruit two volunteers to set up and run a Lunch Club for adults at Carmel Care. If you are aged 18 or over, able to relate to people with respect and understanding, and willing to give a few hours each week we would like to hear from you. For more information please contact Anne Jenkinson (Co-ordinator) 07305 476 email@example.com
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