Saturday, 9 January 2016

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Bridget Hardwick, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Patrick Nolan

Lately Dead: James Hogan  

Anniversaries:  Monica Westwell, Joe Duggan, Edwin Riley, Fred Partington, Colin Wasdell, Richard Chambers, Tommy Meredith, Patrick Keenan


Masses this week.   

Tues – 10 am Mass This Mass will be offered for the Repose of the Soul of James (Jimmy Hogan) who was cremated on Monday at Lytham.

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – 9.30 Mass


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

On Saturday 5.45pm – 6.15pm

Sunday - after the 10am Mass


Next Weekend is "The 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time" Year C and is also known as "Peace Sunday" as it is a Day of Prayer for Peace. As such there is a "Retiring Collection" for Pax Christi. The work of Pax Christi is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. It's vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share their values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice. If anyone wishes to make a donation in an envelope, then they are available at the back of church.


Stop Press Due to water damage and repairs being carried out at the café at Ossy Mills, the Ossy Mills Coffee Meet is cancelled this Monday.


Pope Francis on Works of Mercy

"…how many people do we find in life who seem spiritual, but who do not speak of doing works of mercy"? But why is this? "Because the works of mercy are precisely the concrete sign of our confession that the Son of God has come in the flesh: visiting the sick, feeding those who do not have food, taking care of outcast". We must perform "works of mercy", therefore, "because each of our brothers and sisters, whom we must love, is the flesh of Christ: God has come in the flesh to identify himself with us and, and one who suffers is Christ who suffers".

Hence, Francis said, "if you take this path, if you feel this, you are on the right path" because "this is the criterion of discernment, so as not to confuse feelings, spirits, so as not to go down a path that isn't right". Returning then to the words of John: "'do not believe every spirit' — be mindful — 'but test the spirits to see whether they are of God'". For this reason, the Pope emphasized "service to the neighbour, brother, sister who is in need — there are so many needs — even of advice, of my ear to be listened to: these are signs that we are on the path of the good spirit, that is, on the path of the Word of God who has come in the flesh".

In our "Year of Mercy" let us consider how we serve the needs of others as a parish. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to look at our commitment to those in need.