2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

There is no break between Christmas and Ordinary Time – one flows almost seamlessly into the other through the Baptism of Jesus. We ended our Christmas Season thinking about the “revelation” of the Son of God – people realising who this “Jesus of Nazareth” actually was – and this continues today, as we interject a passage from Saint John before we begin our weekly reading through Saint Matthew’s Gospel. New Year is about beginnings, and as we return to the beginning of Our Lord’s public ministry there is a sense of something exciting about to happen – even though we know the story, we dive into it once more, like returning to a favourite novel or film. So it is with joy that we stand in the country of the river Jordan, and recognise Jesus of Nazareth as the Chosen One of God, who offers himself to do God’s work.

 

PSALM

I waited, I waited for the Lord and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry. He put a new song into my mouth, praise of our God.
You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings, but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim. Instead, here am I.
In the scroll of the book it stands written that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law in the depth of my heart.
Your justice I have proclaimed in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed; you know it, O Lord.

 

First Reading: Isaiah 49:3,5-6

Second Reading: 1 Cor 1:1-3

Gospel: John 1:29-34

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th -25th January

Wednesday

Thursday

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Sunday

Monday

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12 noon

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St Mary’s Croesyceiliog

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Richmond Road Baptist

Prayer Walk

Unity Service St David’s

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Methodist Church

Salvation Army

 

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The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

“We saw his star and have come to do the king homage.”

In the East, this Season of Christmas is called the ‘Time of Manifestation’, or Showing. Today is the ‘Feast of the Manifestation’, or the Showing of the Saviour to the whole world, to all nations. In the wise men who travel from the East, we see all the nations other than the people of Israel being welcomed at the New Temple of the New Covenant – the new born child in the manger. A look at the Psalm response shows this: “All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.” The same is true of the key word in the second reading: “Revelation”. Remember that for the people of Israel this was to be their Messiah, come to restore their fortunes. By this feast, we proclaim God’s plan was to extend his salvation to men and women of every nation, of every time and every place – including us. In many ways this is our Christmas Feast, when we celebrate the Good News of the Saviour’s birth revealed at last to us.

PSALM

O God, give your judgement to the king, to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice and your poor in right judgement.
In his days justice shall flourish and peace to the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea, from the Great River to earth’s bounds.
The kings of Tarshish and the sea coasts shall pay him tribute.
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring him gifts.
Before him all kings shall fall prostrate, all nations shall serve him.
For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor.

 

First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6

Second Reading: Ephesians 3: 2-3, 5-6

Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12

 

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Christmastide & New Year

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Holy Christmas

and a Peaceful New Year

From

Canon John

Saturday4.30pmSt David'sFrancis Connolly (R&RH): Joe Lynch
6.00pmOur Lady'sInts of Mark Riddell (B&JS): Kathleen & Michael Murphy
Sunday9.30amOur Lady'sInts Jo & Rees Parlow (AH): Ints Our Lady's School (SVP)
11.15amSt David'sThe People of the Parish 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Monday9.30amOur Lady'sEucharistic Service
Tuesday9.30amSt David'sDeceased Larkin Family (AL) St Anthony , Abbot
1.45pmOur Lady'sFUNERAL MASS FOR DONALD ROYSTON GRAVENOR
Wednesday11.00amOur Lady'sFrancis Connolly (M&CB)
Thursday10.45amSt David'sFUNERAL MASS FOR EDWARD CHARLES RALPH
Friday9.30amOur Lady'sBrian Draisey (Family): Rosaria Lavalle (M&VN)
Saturday4.30pmSt David'sKay Underwood(CG):Vincent & May Armstrong (J&VA)
6.00pmOur Lady'sSheila Jones (VL) 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Sunday9.30amOur Lady'sPeggy & John Clack (J&A): May &Austin Pearse (UR)
11.15amSt David'sThe People of the Parish

 

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4th Sunday of Advent

 

Jesus is born of Mary who was betrothed to Joseph, son of David

Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord’s First Coming. Today we focus on the characters of Mary and Joseph, and hear of the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child Jesus, and the reaction of Joseph. This mystery springs from the House of David, and so we lead into the Gospel by hearing of the promise that the Messiah would come from that line. The link between the First Reading and the Gospel is quite explicit today, since Matthew actually quotes Isaiah. Joseph, descendant of King David, is invited to take his place in the great story of God’s relationship with the Chosen people. There is great sense of a timeless mystery reaching its focal point, as that which was “promised long ago” (Second Reading) now takes flesh in the womb of Mary.

 

PSALM

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its people.
It is he who set it on the seas; on the waters he made it firm.
Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart, who desires not worthless things.
He shall receive blessings from the Lord and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, seek the face of the God of Jacob.

 

1st Reading: Isaiah 7: 10-14

2nd Reading: Romans 1:1-7   

Gospel Reading: Matthew 1:18-24

 

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve:

St David’s 6.pm

Our Lady’s 9pm

Christmas Day:

Our Lady’s 9am

St David’s 10.30am

 

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?

In many ways the readings this Sunday are simply a continuation of last week – Isaiah gives us more details about the work of the Messiah, and Paul invites us to continue to be patient until the Lord’s Coming. What is slightly different is the voice of John the Baptist this week: last week in Matthew 3 he was proclaiming with utter confidence that someone is coming. Now, in Matthew 11, he asks Jesus from prison: “Is it you?” For us, as we listen to these scriptures, we are being offered something very particular the prophecies of Isaiah (and indeed the prophet John the Baptist) are pinned down firmly and securely in the person of Jesus, Son of Mary – in fact, Jesus himself, in his reply to John says as much: “I am the Messiah that Isaiah prophesied.” Again we are invited to hold the images of the prophecies in our minds until Christmas, when we can look on the child in the manger and say “We know who this is: it is the promised Messiah God who comes to save us!”

 

PSALM

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever, who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry, the Lord, who sets prisoners free.
It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind, who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger and upholds the widow and orphan.
It is the Lord who loves the just but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever, Zion’s God, from age to age.

 

1st Reading:  Isaiah 2: 1-5 
 
2nd Reading: Romans 13: 11-14
                  
Gospel Reading Matthew 24: 37-44

 

 

Advent Leading to Christmas
Confessions

Our Lady’s

  • Wednesday 14th 6-7pm
  • Saturday 17th 12noon-12.30pm
  • Monday 19th 2.30pm-3.30pm

 

St David’s

  • Saturday 17th 3.45-4.15pm
  • Tuesday 20th 10-11am

 

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve:

St David’s 6.pm

Our Lady’s 9pm

Christmas Day:

Our Lady’s 9am

St David’s 10.30am

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand

Throughout the first three weeks of Advent our focus is very clearly on the End of Time, and the Second Coming of the Lord – not on the run up to Christmas (that only comes in the last week). If we view Advent as a Season preparing for Christmas these readings will make little sense – and neither will the figure of John the Baptist who appears today: if it was about the preparation for Christmas, then John the Baptist, preaching after Jesus was born, becomes a confusing figure: his role is to preach to us, as he did of old, and to prepare us for the (second) coming of the Lord. Everything gets more specific today: what is being preached is not an event, but a person: Isaiah promises him, John welcomes him, Paul invites us to imitate him. We have here a thumbnail portrait of the Messiah – useful to refer to when we get to Christmas and he is revealed as a child in a manger!

 

PSALM

O God, give your judgement to the king, to a king’s son your justice,
That he may judge your people in justice and your poor in right judgement.
In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea, from the Great River to earth’s bounds.
For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor.
May his name be blessed for ever and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him, all nations bless his name

 

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1st Sunday of Advent

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Advent opens with a great promise: “In the days to come the hope of a people who need God. “The master is coming is also a promise, not a threat to breed fear, but to answer our cry. So Advent begins, not with thoughts of the past, with the coming of the Lord we celebrate at Christmas, but with the future, and the promise that He is coming back. We are encouraged to stay awake, and treat every day as the day the Lord will come; we do not do this out of fear for a Master who beats his servants, but out of love of a Master who always treats us with mercy. Nevertheless we must always be watchful, because we can grow sleepy and complacent, saying that we can leave this prayer or that confession or the other change in the way we live to tomorrow. Even as we look forward to the tomorrow of the Lord’s coming, we must remember that it might be today!

 

PSALM

I rejoiced when I heard them say: “Let us go to God’s house.”
And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord.
For Israel’s law it is there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgement of the house of David.
For the peace of Jerusalem pray: “Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls, in your palaces, peace!
For love of my brethren and friends I say: “Peace upon you!”
For love of the house of the Lord I will ask for your good.

 

1St Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5

2nd Reading: Romans 13: 11-14

Gospel Reading Matthew 24: 37-44

 

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