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Parish newsletter, 23 January 2021

Saturday PMB Page 120

515: Sacrament of Reconciliation

6.30 pm: Priest Int Pl Thanks

Sunday 3nd Sunday of the Year PMB 127

8.30am: Eithne Condon welfare

10am: Spec Int JD

11.30am: Kay Power welfare


No Mass


10am: Min Ann Hall RIP


10am: Charles Barker RIP


10am: For the Parish


10am: David Scanlon RIP

Saturday PMB 132

5.45: Sacrament of Reconciliation

6.30pm: Thomas McNamee RIP


8.30am: Laura Brighton Rec Dec

10am: Carmen Ruiz Garcia RIP

11 30am: David leftrevs Rec Dec

Collection for transport costs for Ukraine (5 Februarv) and a

short talk by the Justice and Peace Group.

Sunday of the Word of God

This Sunday has been designated as the Sunday of the Word of God. It is a day for

us to experience anew how the Risen Lord opens up for us the treasure of his word and enables us to proclaim unfathomable riches

Lord, make me an instrument of vour peace.

Where there is hatred. let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is despair, hope

And where there is sadness. joy

First Reading The Jews return from exile in Babylon. The nation has to be rebuilt. The Persians cave Nehemiah the job of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and the necessary political reorganisation. Ezra is to restore the Jewish religion. He reads the Law of Moses to the people and invites them to rededicate themselves to God. It prepares us for the visit of Jesus to his home town of Nazareth where he will read from Isaiah all about good news for the poor. and sight for the blind and liberty for captives. The people wept for their sins as they listened to the words of scripture. Can't see that happening much nowadays!

The Second Reading Each individual is a member of the Body of Christ- Paul uses the analogy of the body. Each one has a role to play - like. for example, answering a few

question for the Svnod next vear in Rome. Visit the narthex for more information.

The Gospel This is the narrative in which the mission statement of Jesus is proclaimed. He went to his hometown and all eyes were fixed on him. He said essentially that salvation has come to you this day. It's not about looking into for something extraordinary to happen. Salvation is amongst you. Jesus speaks of himself as the fulfilment of the prophecy here and now. Jesus is able to fulfil the prophecy because the Holy Spirit is with him. We are to

rely on the same Spirit. It's his inauguration speech.

The Synod (Rome 2023) Please think seriously about making a contribution The questions are on Communion, Participation and Mission and fresh copies are now available

at the back of church. The real purpose of the Synod is to spread the message of Jesus Christ to the people of the world Response is so far very positive. Only one week left! Help!

CAFOD We have seen on TV the plight of Children in Afghanistan. 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict and COVID. CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel. You can donate on the CAFOD wehsite: Afghanistan Appeal and please pray for Alghanistan. Collection next week

Ukraine Collection - 5 February 2022. Phil Edmonds on behalf of Humanitarian Ukraine Charity, will be collecting clothes, bedding, toys and kitchen items. in his van outside St

Gertrude's Church Hall. (9am - 12noon) J&P Group

First Holy Communion Parents with children in year 4 are invited to apply

This is for children who come to Mass each Sunday and have been attending regularly ie. 3 out of 4 Sundays since at least September. Families who have not been able to come to Mass are encouraged to do so. There will be a further course of preparation to which you are invited. Above all, remember that you are all most welcome.

Books Galore You have surely noticed that a couple months ago a large number of books appeared in the narthex - nearly fifty years worth. Please take whatever you want from our parish library and return when you've finished. They are for you. All of us need to do some spiritual reading and I hope this will help. We need to know our faith and develop our spiritual life. I must admit that when I went to the seminary in 1975 1 had no idea what spiritual reading was. I know now just how vital it is. We are called to participation communion and mission. That's why the books are there.

Purley Food Hub Thank you all for your continued support for PFH. We will continue to take food items to URC in Purley that have been left in the donation box in the Narthex. After a ver busy Christmas period for PFH, it's now back to basics for January longlife whole milk, small bags of sugar, peanut , tinned meat meals (not spicy), packet soup, small bottles of squash, small washing up liquid, washing tablets/ capsules. Your I&P Group.

Diocesan Directories available in sacristy £4. A

slight increase in price this year. Glad I'm still in it!

Confirmation I am looking forward to welcoming those who would, in normal circumstances, have been confirmed two years ago. Those now in year

secondary school may apply by way of a short letter explaining why they think they are ready for this important stage in their spiritual and life journey.

CAFOD collection next Sunday for Afghanistan Children. Whatever is given will if possible be matched by the parish out of the candle money collected. I am assured on good

sources that the money will get to those most in need.

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