TIMES OF MASS FOR FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR

SUNDAY:    PARISH MASS WITH RITE OF CHILD CATECHUMEN at 10.00am

MONDAY:    Service of Word & Communion at 9am followed by Day of Adoration (to 4pm)

TUESDAY:    Adoration at 5.30pm   Evening Service of Word and Communion at 6.00pm, followed by Scripture sharing group   

WEDNESDAY:   Adoration at 6.30pm   Evening Service of Word and Communion at 7.00pm

THURSDAY:   Service of Word and Communion at 12.00 noon, followed by Adoration until 1.30pm

FRIDAY:     Adoration at 8.30am   Service of Word and Communion at 9.00am

SATURDAY:     Adoration  11.30am    Mass at 12 noon
                                  Sacrament of Reconciliation:      after Mass and 4.30-5.00pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR        A New Year is a time for reflection upon the past, and commitment to the future. Our Faith is a faith in the future - the future God and ourselves will forge together for our own lives and for the world. Our Faith is a faith in God’s New Beginnings, who always redeems and heals the mistakes and tragedies of the past and launches us confidently upon the paths of the future. Our Faith is faith in a God who walks with us through dark threatening valleys and light-filled joyous mountain tops - and helps us see the creativity and beauty of both! I wish you every blessing this new Year - let us together make it a Year of Mission, a Year of Contemplation, a Year of Friendship with our Emmanuel, our God who walks always at our side in our hearts.

TODAY   [1]  We celebrate the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD the ‘showing forth’ or manifestation of the Divine Glory to all the nations, to all seekers after wisdom in the humanity and weakness of the Christ Child. Let us bring gifts - ourselves!
[2]   We bring the gift of our children to be baptised to celebrate the Rite of Catechumen (or ‘Welcome and Naming’). Please pray for our children and their families.
[3]   Being the first Sunday of the month, we have our Covenant with the Poor Offertory - please give gifts of money in the special envelopes and gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs (especially pasta, rice, tins of tomatoes, fruit, fish and meat, and pasta sauce, etc etc). Please no tins of soup or baked beans this month - but we need tins of fruit, meat and fish. Please be generous as the demands on this fund is very heavy indeed. Thank you!

NEXT SUNDAY   [1]  We celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord that marks Jesus emerging from the obscurity of the ‘silent years’ of listening to humanity from the poverty of Nazareth, working as a local carpenter - to His Public Ministry of proclaiming the Kingdom in Word, Protest and Healing action! And we are baptised by the same Spirit to continue His same Ministry until the Kingdom finally comes and all creation is clothed in Divine Glory!
[2]   We have the joy of celebrating the Baptism of some of our children - please pray for them and their families - and that as the Community of the Baptised we will support them!

WORD OF GOD FOR FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR - (Sundays Year A ‘Mark’ / Weekdays Year 2)

Sunday           Isaiah 60: 1-6 / Psalm 71 / Ephesians 3: 2-3, 5-6 / Matthew 2: 1-12

Monday          1 Samuel 1: 1-8 / Psalm 115 / Mark 1: 14-20

Tuesday         1 Samuel 1: 9-20/ Responsorial 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-8 /Mark 1: 21-28

Wednesday   1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 19-20 / Psalm 39 / Mark 1: 29-39

Thursday       1 Samuel 4: 1-11 / Psalm 43 / Mark 1: 40-45

Friday            1 Samuel 8: 4-7, 10-22 / Psalm 88 / Mark 2: 1-12

Saturday       1 Samuel 9: 1-4, 17-19, 10: 1 / Psalm 20 / Mark 2: 13-17

DIOCESAN PRAYER  On 7/1/18 the Diocese prays for the Parishes in Communion for Mission of St Patrick’s, Corsham and St Anthony of Padua, Melksham served by Fr John O’Brien and Fr Richard Northy and their communities.
On 14/1/18 the Diocese prays for the Parishes in Communion for Mission of The Immaculate Conception, Devizes with St Joseph’a, Lavington, served by Fr Benny Jacob MSFS, Deacon David Wakefield and Parish Administrator Mrs Debra Pritchard and both communities. 

FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

SUNDAY:    PARISH MASS WITH CHILD BAPTISM at 10.00am

MONDAY:   Adoration at 8.15amMorning Prayer at 8.45am   Mass at 9.00am

TUESDAYAdoration at 5.30pm   Evening Mass at 6.00pm, followed by Scripture sharing group   

WEDNESDAY:   Feast of St Anthony, Abbot, founder of Desert Fathers & Mothers (251-356)
                          Adoration at 6.30pm   Evening Mass at 7.00pm

                                WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY BEGINS

THURSDAY:   Mass at 12.00 noon, followed by Adoration until 1.30pm

FRIDAY:     Feast of St Wulstan, last Saxon Bishop (of Worcester) (1008-1095)
                   Adoration at 8.30am   Service of Word and Communion at 9.00am

SATURDAY:     Adoration  11.30am    Mass at 12 noon
                              Zimbabwean Mass at 1.30pm
                                     Sacrament of Reconciliation:      after 12 noon Mass and 4.30-5.00pm

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD    Beloved Son, Humble Servant, Courageous Prophet

The Holy Spirit hovered over the waters before … at the dawn of creation; after the Flood to make a New Creation; blew like a mighty wind across the Sea of Reeds to make a highway of Freedom and Salvation for the Hebrew slaves; over the Jordan river in flood to make a path to the Land of Promise; over the Virgin to create a New Humanity in Jesus, Word made of her flesh.
And now the Spirit hovers again, that this brother of ours, Jesus, might know as no-one has ever known that He is the Beloved Son of God. Being so loved he could abandon Himself to the Father’s Will as Servant of the Kingdom, servant even unto a slave’s death on the Cross, a servant of healing for the broken. Being so loved He could let the Word He carried, the Word He is so consume him that every fibre of His being is proclamation of a New Creation, of a New Humanity being born among - for He is courageous Prophet of Justice, of Liberation of New Beginning for all creation!

WORD OF GOD FOR SECOND WEEK OF THE YEAR - (Sundays Year A ‘Mark’ / Weekdays Year 2)

Sunday           1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 19 / Psalm 39 / 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20 / John 1: 35-42

Monday          1 Samuel 15: 16-23/ Psalm 49 / Mark 2: 18-22

Tuesday         1 Samuel 16: 1-13 / Psalm 88 / Mark 2: 23-28

Wednesday   1 Samuel 17: 32-33, 37, 40-51 / Psalm 143 / Mark 3: 1-6

Thursday       1 Samuel 18: 6-9, 19: 1-17 / Psalm 55 / Mark 3: 7-12

Friday            1 Samuel 24: 3-21 / Psalm 56 / Mark 3: 13-19

Saturday        2 Samuel 1: 1-4, 11-12, 17, 19, 23-27 / Psalm 79 / Mark 3: 20-21