The 2nd Sunday of the Year
15th January 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
At the start of a New Year we may ourselves ask, “What am I really looking
for in 2017?” Whatever our thoughts
or mood, the readings for this week
are full of the joy, hope and light that
the coming of Christ brings.
We encounter Jesus as he begins his
public ministry. John the Baptist sees
Jesus coming towards him and speaks
to the crowds. “Look, there is the
Lamb of God!” John tells them that he did not know Jesus until he was revealed
by the Holy Spirit as the Chosen One of God at his baptism (Gospel). We pray
that, through the grace of our baptism, we may know the love and presence of
Jesus in our lives.
The Psalm is a joyful celebration of our God, who hears our cries for help and
invites us to trust and praise his goodness. We pray for open hearts and continued faithfulness in our following of Jesus this coming year.
The First Reading speaks of the whole people of God becoming the “light of the
nations” so that salvation may reach the ends of the earth. We pray to become
witnesses to the love of Jesus.
St. Paul, in the Second Reading, sends greetings to the Church in Corinth reminding them that they are called to be holy and asking that they be blessed
with grace and peace. We pray that God will bless our families, our communities and our world with peace in the year ahead.
Events coming up in the Archdiocese:
Sunday 15 January. From Reformation to Revolution Dalit Lutheran Theology in the Public Sphere @ LACE 2 - 4pm.
Saturday 4 February and Saturday 25 February. The Gift of the Spirit with the CaFE team. Booking via firstname.lastname@example.org at Christ the King parish club Score Lane, Liverpool L16 6AW (end of the M62)
Thursday 19 January and Thursday 19 February St Helens. The Art of Listening A two session course open to all involved in any kind of ‘listening’ ministry. To book a place ring 0151 522 1040.
Sunday 5 February 2 – 5pm. Children’s liturgy workshop to prepare for Lent and Easter @ LACE centre Liverpool. To book a place ring 0151 522 1040. £10 to attend per person.
Sunday 19th March 11am in the Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool Blessed Oscar Romero Centenary Celebration, 11.00 Mass with Archbishop Malcolm and preacher Bishop John Rawsthorne
Readings of The Day
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Fr Philip Writes: Thank you once again to all those who helped us to celebrate the Feast of Christmas. It was so encouraging to see so many at Mass. Thank you to those behind the scenes who get things ready. It is amazing how many people are involved. Without you it would not be possible. Thank you for so many cards and gifts, I am humbled and encouraged by your love and care for me.
What will 2017 bring?
Once again we have many families walking the journey of faith with their children as they prepare for Holy Communion. We hope to see some of the fruits of Faith in Action with some of our young parishioners getting more involved in parish life. There are 8 young people, I think, going to Lourdes to help with the sick pilgrims in July. We have 12 who are wanting to become Catholics at Easter. There are 40 people going on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago de Compostella, Burgos and Lourdes in June. 28 are going on a retreat/holiday in August and in the autumn we are going to have a parish day! Alongside all this is the day to day activity and action of the parish; love made visible. A new SVP will begin in Longton, this is good news indeed. There are 11 couples getting married in 2017. The sick and housebound are visited, our churches are lovingly cared for, Mass is celebrated. There is always opportunity for more, if you wish to get involved please ask and if you have any ideas. requests, suggestions let us know.
Parish Workers Social Night: On Friday 10th Feb 2017 at 7.30pm in St Teresa’s Parish Centre there will be a barn dance and food for all parish workers. This is an opportunity for us all to get together and for the parish priest to say thank you to all those who in any way help with the running of the parishes. This is for all 3 parishes. Tickets are now available for all parish workers. Please get yours from the sacristy. Children can bring their parents!
Training course for new Eucharistic Minsters: There will be a Deanery Training Course on Tuesday 7th Feb 7.00pm - 9.15pm at St T. Can you help in this way. We need more Ministers in each parish, to help at Sunday Masses and / or take Communion to the housebound. See Fr Philip and fill in a form.