Sunday 12th January 2020 – Baptism of the Lord
(Mass book, page 118)
There will be a retiring collection in aid of The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child.
At next weekend’s Masses there will a presentation and collection in aid of Lepra.
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 11th in the church Vigil, The Baptism of the Lord 6.30 pm The intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Monday in the church 9.00 am Eileen Foley
Tuesday in the church 9.00 am No Mass. Prayer of the Church
Wednesday in the church 9.00 am The intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Friday in the church St Anthony 11.30 am Matty Billington
Saturday in the church 9.00 am The intentions of the Ikhisemojie Family
Saturday 18th January in the church, Vigil, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 6.30 pm Carmel Care
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am. Saturdays at Sacred Heart: Adoration, confessions 10.00 am Saturday.
Please also pray for Barry and Barbara and 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 £ 558.28, plus your regular standing orders of £432.35.
Mass information for 18th & 19th January, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 18th January: Announcer: Pauline McConnon. Readers: Anita Gibson, Malcolm Fleet, Helen Woods
Eucharistic Ministers: Walter Mswaka, Tina Varley*, Clarissa Mswaka
Sunday 19th January: Announcer: Gerard Strain Readers: Clare Farrington, David Wilkinson, Brian Marsden
Eucharistic Ministers: Harry Priestley*, Rebecca LeCount, Angela Day, Gerard Strain, Lisa Unwin.
Children’s Liturgy: Group 1: Kirsty. Group 2: Kate
Holy Communion Visits at home: If you know of anyone who needs to receive Holy Communion at home, please ring the Parish 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
St Vincent de Paul: Mondays at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Ashton
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the presbytery. Contact Barbara Beatson
Youth Friendship: Fridays in the Presbytery, 6.30 to 8.00pm. Years 6,7& 8. Dates for 2020 to follow.
SPUC White Flower Appeal: Today there is a collection in aid of Society for Protection of Unborn Children., who campaign against the extension of the most extreme abortion regime in Europe, imposed on Northern Ireland and now intended to be extended to England & Wales. Please give generously, take a card and your White Flower sticker.
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
Deeper in Faith: This forum provides opportunity for all parishioners to share and learn from each other as we grow in faith.
The next session is today 12th January at 6:00pm in presbytery and you all welcome.
Centenary Committee: The next meeting will be on Monday, 13th January at 7.00 pm in the Presbytery.
Justice and Peace group: The next meeting will be on Monday 13th January at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery.
If anyone has any agenda items, please contact Ailsa, who will send out an agenda before the meeting.
Parish Council: The next meeting will be on Thursday, 16th January at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery.
Sacred Heart Walkers Group: next walk will be on Saturday 18th January, meeting at Redmires car park at 10.30pm. The walk will be approx.3 miles with the opportunity to make it shorter. This group has been organising walks for some years and anyone is welcome to join us. However, as members have got older, we have had to get less ambitious in our walks so don’t expect vigorous rambles. Contact: Ailsa
Prayer for Christian Unity – Churches Together: Thursday 23rd January 10am to 4pm, Tabernacle Church, 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. We will soon be issuing dedication stickers to those who have donated.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Today’s feast concludes the Christmas season, and so we continue to probe the mystery of Jesus as son of God and son of Mary, the mystery of Jesus who is totally human and yet also fully son of God. But at this point in our Christmas reflections on the coming of Jesus into our world, we look at the event of his baptism. Why was Jesus baptized? Jesus presents himself for baptism in today’s Gospel not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”)—the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s First Reading. Christ has come not only to reveal the divinity to us; he has come to reveal us to ourselves. Not only is he truly God. He is truly human. And he is truly human precisely because he does not sin. All our sin is nothing other than the rejection of the truth of our humanity. Jesus’ utter acceptance of our humanity, his drinking of our cup fully, his sharing of our wounded condition, reverses our sinful rejection of our creatureliness. His baptism, then, is at the heart of his mission to heal us. He accepts full solidarity with us even if it means being seen as sinner. Jesus’ baptism is one of his earliest great transformations of our human condition. The first was that the Word itself could take human flesh. And that is what we have been celebrating this whole Christmas season. Baptism identifies us as God’s beloved children and our mission is to follow Jesus to help create the kingdom of God—a kingdom of justice, healing, liberation, etc. In our baptism there is a purifying by water, but also an enlightening by the Spirit who asks us to go beyond our boundaries, beyond the familiar, beyond our level of comfort. Our natural lives go into the waters and begin a rebirth to shine our lights in the same direction as those of Jesus. He began going public by becoming obedient to his identity. Let us pray that we find out identity through Christ in OUR Baptism, and that we too can hear the words You are my son and daughter, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased. His baptism marks the start of a new world, a new creation.
You are all welcome to join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass
For Mass Booking: Please contact Richard on 2343580 or email@example.com 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 07955 234602, 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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider making your offertory donations to the Parish via Standing Order: Parishioners may prefer to give regularly by standing order since this is an efficient and convenient method. There’s no need for cash or to write cheques. If you would like to donate by standing order, please set this up with your bank. The parish bank account details are Sort Code: 40-41-07 Account no. 21094319. Whether you give by envelope or by standing order, if you are a taxpayer the best way to increase the value of your donations, without it costing you anymore, is to complete a Gift Aid declaration. Gift Aid allows the church to claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 you donate, boosting the value of the donation by a quarter. Gift Aid declaration forms are also available at the back of church. Please place completed forms in the Sacristy. As a church community, we are encouraged to increase the amount we give to support our church as income is failing to keep up with growing expenses. Please consider if it is possible to give a bit more. Thank you for everything you already give and do in any way.