A thought for Advent
The prophet Jeremiah speaks about honesty and integrity. In a world which is flooded with misleading and biased information, Christians are called to witness to the truth and to live lives of integrity. The life of Jesus is a model of integrity, as there was nothing in the way that he acted that clashed with the beliefs and values he proclaimed. It is so easy to fall into the ways of speaking and acting that we see in the world around us and for our thoughts to wander away from the faith we have received. So the call for us in the gospel is to “stay awake”; to be spiritually attuned to God’s will and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Let us pray that Holy Spirit will guide our thoughts and actions as we enter into the joyful season of Advent.
From 10.00am every Tuesday throughout December (except Christmas Day!)
Monday 10th December.- all places now taken.
Worsbrough Brass will perform a selection of carols and contemporary festive music on Thursday 13th December (doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start). Tickets costs £6.00 or you can pay on the door. The price includes refreshments. The will also be raffle for our famous Christmas Hamper and other prizes.
Wed 5th Dec 9.30am Feria
Thur 6th Dec 9.30am St Nicholas
Sun 9th Dec 9.30am Parish Mass
Sun 9th Dec 4.00pm Christingle
Thur 13th Dec 9.30am Feria
Sun 16th Dec 9.30am Parish Mass
Sun 16th Dec 4.00pm Readings & Carols (at St Peters).
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As I write this, we are already in that point of the Church’s year which is known as “Holy Week”. Although Christmas tends to be a bigger event in our country, for Christians this week is right at the heart of our faith. The main days are: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. On the Thursday we remember the way in which Jesus gives us the example of loving service in the washing of his disciples’ feet. Even the Son of God did not consider himself too high and mighty to attend to people’s needs in a caring way. He also gave his disciples a “New Commandment” by which Christians promise to live by putting love at the centre of everything they do. Good Friday recalls the sacrifice Jesus made for the sake of truth and justice in the face of all opposition. If it were not for Easter and its message of new life, this Friday would be the bleakest of days.The first Easter began with an empty tomb and some very perplexed disciples. It was only later that they began to experience that Jesus was alive and that this was no mere figment of imagination. God is the giver of life and our human story does not end in death. Many who were sceptical about the message of the Resurrection came to believe as they experienced for themselves the life which could not be contained in a tomb. The stone was rolled away from the tomb not just for them but for us also. If we are open to the Easter message then it becomes a new beginning for us too; a source of hope and joy. So Happy Easter! Father Richard.
The next meeting of the PCC will be held on Monday 12th March 2018.
Our coffee mornings continue to be held each Tuesday from 10.00am in the meeting area at the back of church. All are welcome to attend. Come along to meet your friends or make new ones.
Thursday 1st March 9.15am - Stations of the Cross & Feria
Sunday 4th March 9.30am - Parish Mass
First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2. 9-13.15-18
A reading from the book of Genesis.
God put Abraham to the test. “Abraham, Abraham” he called. “Here I am” he replied. “Take your son,” God said “your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah....
Second Reading: Romans 8:31-34
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen....
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus....
Our weekly Coffee Morning will again take place in the meeting area at the back of church this coming Tuesday. Come along to have a chat with your friends or make new ones! If you just wish to sit in quiet reflection, the main body of the church will be open at the same time. Advance warning that the next PCC meeting will take place on Monday 12th March 2018.
Thursday 22nd Feb 9.15am Stations of the Cross followed by Feria at 9.30am
Sunday 25th Feb 9.30am Parish Mass.
First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15
A reading from the book of Genesis.
God spoke to Noah and his sons, “See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark....
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
A reading from the first letter of St Peter.
Christ himself, innocent though he was, died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of eight people “by water”, and when God was still waiting patiently....
Gospel: Mark 1:12-15
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him......
I hope that everyone who sees this will have enjoyed a happy Christmas and that the New Year will have had a good beginning. Although Christmas is now over we still display the Nativity scene in church, showing the images of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, together with the Magi (Wise Men). These are on show up to and including Friday 2 February, the date on which the Presentation of Christ (Candlemass) is celebrated.
Candlemass recalls the account in the Bible (Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 2, from verse 22) where the child Jesus is presented in the Temple in Jerusalem in accordance with Jewish custom. There he was recognised by two elderly and faithful people - Simeon and Anna - for who he really was. Simeon spoke the prophesy that Jesus would have a profound effect in Israel and beyond. He also hinted to his mother, Mary, that Jesus would suffer in the process and that she, in her heart, would suffer with him.
We read in the gospels of how Jesus offered his time and his gifts generously and unceasingly to all those who came looking for him. He opened the eyes of the blind, brought healing to lepers and forgiveness to sinners. He was a light in the darkness of people’s lives. The candles that are carried into church on the feast of Candlemass remind us of this light of hope. Jesus continues to bring light in our darkness. Although he was put to death on a cross, his rising to new life means that the darkness cannot overcome the life and love that came into our world on that first Christmas.
Life is a mixture of struggles and consolations and no doubt we shall continue to recognise this over the year that has recently begun. The Christian faith does not pretend that life can be easy if you only believe the right things. What it does offer though is a sense of hope and a light in the darkness to guide us. I pray that we may become more aware of that guiding light so that whatever life brings, we shall know the steadfast love and mercy of God.
The next meeting of the Parochial Church Council will take place on Monday 22nd January at 7.00pm.
Our weekly Coffee Morning will again take place in the meeting area at the back of church this coming Tuesday. Come along to have a chat with your friends or make new ones! If you just wish to sit in quiet reflection, the main body of the church will be open at the same time.
SERVICES THIS WEEK:
Thursday 9.30am Feria
Sunday 9.30am Parish Mass
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3-10. 19
A reading from the first book of Samuel.
Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” He answered, “Here I am.” Then he ran to Eli and said....
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13-15. 17-20
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
The body is not meant for fornication; it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too. You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ; anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him....
Gospel: John 1:35-42
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, “Look, there is the lamb of God.” Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, “What do you want?” They answered....
I am a rather old Saint.