The Baptism of The Lord

The Christmas Season ends with the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. He was identifying with John the Baptist’s calling people to re-establish their relationship with God. We become aware of the forthcoming ministry of Jesus recognised as the beloved Son of God and a Spirit filled moment. As we recall our reception of the Sacrament of Baptism we know that we began a lifelong relationship with God. Let us keep that alive by our prayer and by living as his People.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI RIP

The Funeral Mass was available on television channels and Youtube, If you visit the Bishops’ Conference website CBCEW (click here) you can read of the coverage of his Ministry and Teachings, It is possible to see some of the events during his UK visit e.g. The Big Assembly celebrating Catholic Schools , the Speech in Westminster Hall and the Beatification of John Henry Newman. A Prayer & Memorial Card is being sent to Parishes . There is a sample on the Noticeboard.

St Bernadette’s Catholic School

Requests for signature on Supplementary forms should come to Fr John asap.

My Thanks

I want to thank you for your many kindnesses over Christmas – your Greetings, the Christmas Offering and Gifts. They are all much appreciated. Fr John

Epiphany Tide Gathering

After Mass this Sunday there will be the 100+ Draw with a glass to celebrate the ending of the Season

Mass Schedule

  • Sunday the Baptism of the Lord. Sunday Mass 10am Intention for the People of the Parish & Pope Benedict RIP
  • Wednesday Weekday Mass 9.30am Intention Monica RIP, Regina
  • Friday Weekday Mass 9.30am Intention Pope Benedict RIP
  • Sunday Second in Ordinary Time Sunday Mass 10am Peace Sunday.

Ordinary Time

The word Ordinary describes the time during which the life and ministry of Jesus unfolds in an ordered way. During 2023 the Sunday Gospel usually comes from the Gospel of St Matthew.

For Your Missals

Lectionary -Year A for Sundays. Weekday Lectionary – Scheme 2

Next Sunday

Peace Sunday. Second collection for Pax Christi

Diocesan Events

These can be found each week in the Diocesan e bulletin. Forthcoming events include the Justice & Peace Assembly , a Saturday for Readers and so on.

For in the waters of the Jordan
You revealed with signs and wonders a new Baptism
So that from the voice that came down from heaven
We might come to believe in your Word dwelling among us.

Preface of the Feast