This Week’s News and Notices
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The collect for today sets the tone and directs our thoughts, words, and deeds to do all in the name of Christ.
The prophet Isaiah foretells that “the people who walked in darkness has seen a great light” – the light of Our Saviour Jesus Christ.
St Paul in his writing to the Corinthians tells us to put away our arguments and differences, Christ calls us to follow him, in his name we are baptised like no one else.
Christ calls us to follow him, as he called Simon called Peter, his brother Andrew, James and John the sons of Zebedee – to trust and believe in him; and without question they followed him. We were baptised in his name, he was crucified and died for us. Proclaim the Good News and let his light shine in our lives for others to see.
Sunday of the Word of God
In his recent Apostolic Letter Apparuit Illis, instituting the Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis sets aside a particular day – the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – for reflection upon sacred Scripture, in celebration of ‘the relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and the message of the Bible’.
Our Readers are to be recommissioned during Mass this Sunday and we are invited to join with them in estimation of the Word that gives a shared purpose to our lives as Catholic Christians.
The Eucharistic Prayer reminds us that in Jesus Christ the Word of Life becomes the Bread of Life; ‘when sacred Scripture is read in the light of the same Spirit by whom is was written, it remains ever new’.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The week concludes today with a United Service in HungateChurch at 7.30 pm, to which all are welcome; members of every church and Christian community in Beccles will be participating.
The theme of the past week – ‘Unusual Kindness’ – was designed to help us foster increased charity towards the marginalised: ‘the stranger, the orphan and the widow’ of Old Testament times have more modern equivalents than we are able to mention.
At the United Service, the new Beccles Town Pastors will be commissioned for service upon the streets of our town on Friday and Saturday evenings, starting this week. Please let Fr Martin know if you would like to join one of the prayer groups that will be supporting this ministry.
Among the many resources being made available for discovery of the Bible this year, a new website run by Fr Adrian Graffy of the Pontifical Biblical Commission – www.whatgoodnews.org – is recommended.
It contains plenty of useful material (like our own website!) and is a place we are being encouraged to visit.
As our Christmas appeal draws to a close on 2nd February I would be grateful if all jars of coins and any other donations could be handed in as soon as possible.
Again you have all been extremely generous, so far this Christmas we have already raised over £1000.
I will announce the final total raised, hopefully by mid-February, any queries please telephone 713869.
Questions are sometimes raised in Catholic circles about the different Pro Life groups (Which is the best one to support?) but there can be little doubt that Pro-Life work can be seen as life-saving as well as life-enhancing.
For positive witness from numerous mothers and their families, please visit:
Dowry of Mary
In common with several parishes in East Anglia, we have now adopted the custom of reciting the Angelus after Mass day-by-day during the week.
Once a common practice, this recitation of the Angelus is being resumed in response to an initiative from Our Lady’s Shrine at Walsingham, by way of preparation for the rededication of England (and Wales?) as Dowry of Mary at the end of March this year.
This is intended as a personal dedication to be undertaken by all Catholics, in the light of one of our land’s most ancient titles.
This Week’s Events
St Benet’s Discussion Group; Thursday 30 January; 19:00
We meet at 6 Kingston Drive – with many thanks to Anne Felton!
Fr Martin will give a talk on different ways of reading and interpreting the Bible, focussing particularly upon St Matthew’s Gospel, which we’ll be proclaiming at Sunday Mass through most of the current year.
The first Gospel represents a unique link between the Old and the New Testaments and has the potential to ‘open the scriptures’ for us in a special way. We shall also explore different ways in which we can celebrate the ‘Year of the Word’ in the coming months.
Contributions to our discussions are always appreciated and all are most welcome to attend.
Congo School for Peace
San Faustino’s Day; Italian Buffet Supper; Saturday 15 February; 19:30
Tickets are selling quickly — Don’t miss out!!
And Some Reminders
We will be open as normal after 10:30 Mass on Sundays.
Many thanks to all our loyal customers; we hope we can continue to provide this weekly service to parishioners in the coming year.
COMING ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
The “Weekly Mass Schedule” gives details of all Services and Mass Intentions.
Information on coming events and activities is on this separate page.