The weeks between Christmas and Lent introduce us to Jesus’ ministry and present the most important scenes from the Gospel of the year – in this year, the Gospel of Mark.
The ten verses form a wonderful ‘snapshot’ of Jesus’s work on earth in a single passage: his bonding with his disciples and getting to know their families; healing people who are ill and freeing people who are oppressed by evil; needing to escape by himself to pray; and his sense of how he needs to fulfil his mission. Continue reading Scripture notes – 5th Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B – 4th February 2024
Racial Justice Sunday
The theme of Racial Justice Sunday in England and Wales in 2024 is ‘Seeing one another in the life of the Church’. In the history of the Church, there have been those who looked at the society in which they lived, and responded to what they saw. They looked, made a decision based on what they saw, and acted. Alert and sensitive as they were to the commandments of Christ, when they saw justice being denied to someone because of their racial origin or colour, they were prompted to act. Their actions of opposing racism, promoting equality and justice, became their life’s work. Following this path, sometimes they encountered hostility, rejection, and attempts to overturn what they were doing. However, they persevered and became instruments of change, agents of progress, and some are acknowledged as saints of the Church. For Racial Justice Sunday this year, can I suggest that you explore the lives of those great men and women – those who devoted their lives to the pursuit of racial justice, those who emulated God’s passion for justice, which we read about in the scriptures. They will inspire us, teach us, and make us sensitive to the importance of racial justice and why we work for it. May we too, like them, see one another in the life of the Church. Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Racial Justice – Visit our Family Room activity this week to see some saintly examples you could explore. Continue reading Parish News – 28th January
The Liturgy has a timeless routine, so when we have a special Sunday, like Racial Justice today, the readings are not always appropriate for that topic. Today just the opening prayer can be taken as a reflection that our love expressed in words and actions should not discriminate against on the grounds of race or other such distinctions.
Lord, Our God, help us to love you with all our hearts and to love all as you love them. Continue reading Scripture notes – 4th Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B – 28th January 2024
Sunday of the Word of God
The Third Sunday in Ordinary time is ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ – a day instituted by Pope Francis on the feast of St. Jerome in 2019, devoted to the celebration and study of the Sacred Scripture.
“Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.”
“Whenever, therefore, the Church, gathered by the Holy Spirit for liturgical celebration, announces and proclaims the word of God, she is aware of being a new people in whom the covenant made in the past is perfected and fulfilled. Baptism and confirmation in the Spirit have made all Christ’s faithful into messengers of God’s word because of the grace of hearing they have received. They must therefore be the bearers of the same word in the Church and in the world, at least by the witness of their lives.” Pope Francis, Aperuit illis Continue reading Parish news – 21st January
We have several years of seemingly endless ‘bad news’ with a pandemic, economic downturns, and war. But the Good News Jesus announces in the Gospel today, is of a different level altogether. Continue reading Scripture notes – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B – 21st January 2024
Peace Sunday is this Sunday 14 January. Today, there are at least 13 conflicts around the world that are classified as ‘wars’ and over 150 ‘armed conflicts’ happening within or between nations. It is reckoned there are today more conflicts than at any time since the Second World War. Few of these make it into our daily news or our Sunday Bidding Prayers. In the face of this and the dreadful and deadly effects on combatants, civilians and their families, there are warnings that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is seen by the world’s military powers as a way to revolutionise warfare and gain an advantage over enemies. So, the world needs our prayers for peace more than ever and the theme chosen by Pope Francis for today is ‘Artificial Intelligence and Peace’. Although a seemingly technical theme, we must think about the consequences of the advances in AI for war and the opportunities AI could bring for peace and justice. Pax Christi have produced various resources including a link to Pope Francis’ message – https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday/
Rest in Peace
The Funeral Mass of Steve Mann is here on Monday 15th January at 10:30am followed by burial at St Pancras Cemetery, 278 High Road, East Finchley, N2 9AG. Please keep Steve, Jennifer and the family in your prayers. Continue reading Parish News – 14th January
After a long celebration of Advent and Christ’s birth, ‘Ordinary Time’ brings us into the period of his ministry. (The ‘First Sunday’ disappeared with some liturgical changes to the Christmas season, but still names the weekdays.) It is also Peace Sunday, and this year Pope Francis has set the theme as ‘Artificial Intelligence and Peace’. Continue reading Scripture notes – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B – 14th January 2024
Christmas – Thank You
We send our thanks and good wishes to all whose service and ministry contributed to our Christmas celebrations. Our thanks too for your Christmas Offerings, cards, gifts and good wishes. We pray that all our parishioners enjoy a Happy and Blessed 2024.
Crib Appeal – Monday’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, marks the end of the Church’s Christmas Season and is the last chance to give to the Crib Appeal for the Catholic Children’s Society. Continue reading Parish News – 7th January