Bulletin for the week beginning 12th January – The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

SUNDAY MASSES Vigil Mass 6.00pm . John Hughes 8.30am & 10.30am Margaret & Bernard Marshal/Pro.pop. Monday 7.00pm Feria Kathleen and Kevin Dupuis. Tuesday 10.00am Feria Deceased Connor and Ryan families. Wednesday 9.00am Feria Liz Wainhouse. Thursday 9.15am at holy cross School Ellen Slattery. Friday 7.00pm St Antony, Abbot Mike Gutowski. Saturday 10.00am   Feria John Byrne.

MASSES NEXT WEEKEND Vigil Mass 6.00pm Witold Tokarzewski 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop. / Grzegorz Hariasz.

SATURDAY CONFESSIONS 10.30am – 11.30am & 5.30pm – 5.45pm .

CHILDREN’S LITURGY EPIPHANY PARTY – Will take place this Sunday 12th January following the 10.30am Mass (10.30am to 1.00pm). An invitation including a consent form will be provided by a Liturgy Leader.

BISHOP WALSH SCHOOL – The Prospectus for Bishop Walsh School’s sixth form is available at the back of church.  Parents and Year 11 pupils are cordially invited to take a copy. The deadline for applications is Friday January 24th 2020.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNUION 2020 – For children NOT in Holy Cross School, the first instruction class begins Saturday January 18th at 10.00am in the Lady Chapel.

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND – 6.00pm  Reader 1  M Boland,  Reader 2  L Stephens. 8.30am Reader 1  K James, Reader 2  T Egan. 10.30am                Reader 1  A Bessey, Reader 2  L Oldham.

MASS ATTENDANCE   January 4th / 5th 6.00pm 228, 8.30am 136, 10.30am 202, Total 566.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Antony the Great also known as Saint Antony of Egypt and Father of all Monks, was a Christian from Egypt, a prominent leader among the Desert Fathers. The biography of Antony’s life by Athanasius of Alexandria helped to spread the concept of monasticism, particularly in Western Europe through Latin translations. He is often erroneously considered the first monk but as his biography and other sources make clear, there were many ascetics before him. Antony was, however, the first known ascetic going into the wilderness (about A.D. 270-271),. A geographical move that seems to have contributed to his renown,  inspired the often-repeated subject of the temptation of Saint Antony in Western art and literature. Antony is appealed to against infectious diseases, particularly skin diseases.  In the past, many such afflictions, including ergotism, erysipelas and shingles were historically referred to as ‘’St Antony’s Fire’’. His feast is celebrated on January 17th.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Eleazer Frederick Wagstaff, Gertrude Callaghan, Mary Stapleton, Robert Joseph Austin Burn, Margaret Ann Murray, Mary Bridget Moore, Helen Elizabeth Comerford, Catherine Hughes, Teresa Mary Hynes, Maureen Winifred Talbot, Edward Joseph McAllister, Samuel Campbell, Cecilia O’Rourke, Anthony Bailey, Mary Tetstall, Betty Tarpey, Michelle Elaine Odyniec, Mary Robertson, Peter Drury and Katie Dowd.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon Gerry Breen and Anna Preston. Funeral arrangements for Canon Breen: Reception of the body and Mass will take place at Saint Chad’s Cathedral on Wednesday January 22nd 2020 at 7.00pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Chad’s Cathedral on Thursday January 23rd 2020 at 12 noon. Burial at Oscott College Cemetery at 2.30pm. * Funeral arrangements for Anna Preston will be announced later.

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