Bulletin for the week beginning 18th January – The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY MASSES Vigil Mass 6.00pm Witold Tokarzewski. 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop./Grzegorz Hariasz & special intention.  Monday 9.00am Feria Lily Cahill. Tuesday 10.00am St Agnes Derek Hodgson. Wednesday 9.00am  Feria Marie Downey. Thursday 9.15am at Holy Cross School Rachel Nash. Friday 7.00pm St Francis de Sales David Hurd. Saturday 10.00am  Conversion of St Paul Thanksgiving (MM).

MASSES NEXT WEEKEND Vigil Mass 6.00pm Ned Brunnock. 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop./Deceased Leydon and Cusack families.

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

HOLY CROSS GUILD – NEXT EVENT – Subject to demand, our next proposed visit will be on Wednesday February 19th 2020. It will be a Guided Tour of the BBC Studios at the Mailbox in Birmingham City centre commencing at 1.00pm. Cost is £10.50 for seniors, £12.50 if under 60. If you are interested in joining us, please sign the list in the porch as soon as possible. All welcome.   Maximum 20 places.

THANK YOU – We have received a ‘Thank you’ from the Bethany (Erdington) Food Bank for our recent donation. It has now moved to new premises. Location to be announced soon.

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND – 6.00pm Reader 1  R Craske, Reader 2  S Craske. 8.30am    Reader 1  M McDermott, Reader 2  M Campbell. 10.30am Reader 1  C Davies, Reader 2   D Nicklin.

MASS ATTENDANCE January 11th / 12th  6.00pm 228, 8.30am 166, 10.30am 268, Total 662.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Agnes (c.291 – c.304) Saint Agnes is a virgin-martyr, one of seven women commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. Agnes is depicted in art with a lamb, as her name resembles the Latin word for lamb – agnus.  The name Agnes is actually derived from Greek meaning ‘chaste, pure and sacred’. According to tradition, Saint Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility born and raised in a Christian family. She suffered martyrdom on January 21st 304 at the age of thirteen during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. She was a beautiful young girl of a wealthy family and therefore had many suitors of high rank, but young men, slighted by Agnes’ resolute devotion to religious purity, denounced her as a Christian.  When led out to die she was tied to a stake, but the bundle of wood would not burn, whereupon the officer in charge drew his sword and beheaded her. Agnes was buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome.  She is the Patron Saint of chastity, gardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape victims and virgins. Her feast is celebrated on January 21st.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Daniel McEvoy, Henry McDonagh, Trevor Hughes, Sidney Alexander Nash, Ronald Hammond, Catherine Penzer, Bridget Theresa Wragg, Dorothy Healy, Rosemary Kmicic, Terence Mooney, Peter Williams, James Kesterton, Thomas Hayes, James Costello, Anthony Paul Dewan, Christopher Paul Glaze.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the souls of Canon Gerry Breen, Anna Preston and Kathleen Flanagan 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: Anna will be received into Holy Cross Church at 4.00pm on Sunday February 2nd.  Her Requiem Mass will be celebrated here on Monday February 3rd at 10.00am. ***  Funeral arrangements for Kathleen Flanagan will be announced later.

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