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Collection Details
Sunday 25th January
Planned
£855.26
Loose
£462.15
Crib Appeal
£707.12
Permanent Notices
1.The two red sanctuary lamps
in the sanctuary are
permanently lit for the Holy
Souls.
2. The porch of the Church is
open for people to pray from
8.00am – 5.30pm every day
except Sunday, when the
Church will close after the last
Mass or baptism.
The Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time
1st February 2015
1st Reading
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
This central section of the book of
Deuteronomy describes the
various offices and officers of the
theocratic society which Yahweh,
through his servant Moses, is
setting up for the Chosen People.
Judges, kings, priests and
prophets are promised to the
people, to regulate their civil and
religious life. The prophet was to
be the mouth-piece of Yahweh
among the people. He was to be
listened to because he brought the
word of God, Yahweh’s revelation,
to them. And just as there had
been a line of kings, judges and
priests, so there had to be a line of
prophets, who would interpret
previous revelation and add some
new truths.
2nd Reading
Corinthians 7:32-35
St Paul devotes the whole of the
chapter seven of this Epistle to
answering questions he was asked
concerning marriage and virginity.
Because the first Christian
converts, not only in Thessalonica
and Corinth, but everywhere,
believed or strongly hoped that the
end of this world and the second
coming of Christ as Judge were
imminent…
… (and St Paul himself must have, at
least, encouraged this belief and
hope), many of them thought they
should not enter into marriage, lest
marriage should interfere with their
whole-hearted service of God. As
regards those already married when
they became converts, the Apostle tells
them marriage is a holy state ordained
by God and it is a life-long partnership
according to the teaching of the Lord.
Gospel
Mark 1:21-28
St Mark enters abruptly into the public
ministry of Christ. He describes very
briefly the preaching of The Baptist, the
temptation in the desert place, the call
of the first four Apostles and then tells
of Jesus beginning to preach the good
news in Galilee. It was in east Galilee
that he called the first Apostles and it
was in a town called Capernaum, a day
or two later, that he preached one of
his first sermons to his fellow Jews. It
was in their synagogue on the Sabbath
day that he also worked a miracle.
Gloria Page 9 in the Mass Books.
Readings Page 132
The Creed Page 11
For information on Growing in
Faith, contact the Parish Team
as follows:
6.00pm Mass - Pauline Cooper
07752 413859
8.00am Mass - Jo Rowthorn
07971 322240
10.00am Mass - Therease Bright
07455 003597 / David Rielly
07938 228037
12.00pm Mass - Christine Cattini
07724 089174
Parish Hall Bookings and
enquiries, please contact Mary
Bradley on 07709 639628. If no
reply, please leave a message.
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Planned Giving scheme and
who pay by bankers order –
please follow the same link for
details or ask in the Parish
Office.
Fr Stewart’s Thought For the Week
God’s Light Shines In The Dark
Tuesday was the 70th Anniversary of the
Liberation of Auschwitz. There were many films
of the horrors and interviews with survivors. Yet
even in the darkness there were occasionally
“sparks of light” as one survivor explained. They
explained the powerful effect that a simple act
of kindness had on them; to the point “kindness”
became their guiding principle for the rest of
their lives.
This reminded me of the story of Corrie Tel
Boon who discovered “the power of forgiveness
as a result of an encounter with a former
guard.”
Corrie lived in Amsterdam in the Netherlands
with her sister Betsy during World War ǁ. When
the Nazis began rounding up the Jews to be
sent to the concentration camps, they began to
help them. They were, however, betrayed and
sent themselves to the infamous Ravensbruk
Concentration Camp. Only Corrie survived their
ordeal and she devoted her life like other
survivors to going around different groups
sharing her experiences. Corrie’s talks,
however, were different in that their focus was
very much on forgiveness and reconciliation.
One Sunday she was in Munich and during the
Church Service she gave a touching and
emotional talk on forgiveness. During it,
however, she noticed the face of someone in
the congregation who was just smiling.
Afterwards he came up to her and thanked her
for her inspiring words, that “Jesus had washed
his sins away”. As he held out his hand to
shake hers, she very much to horror,
recognised him as one of the guards from
Ravensbruk. Not only that, he was one of the
guards in the shower block who regularly
humiliated her sister by insisting on making
intimate body searches. At first she simply
froze. In her mind came the awful images of the
sufferings he had inflicted on Betsy. How
despite preaching forgiveness could she forgive
such an evil man?
For a long moment she paused and prayed
silently, “Lord Jesus, forgive me and help me to
forgive him.” But she still could not smile or
raise her hand – it seemed stuck to her side.
“Give me your forgiveness,” she prayed, “I
cannot forgive him on my own.” She felt her arm
loosen and as she shook his hand, she felt an
amazing warm current passing from her to him
and a great sense of love filled her heart. So
she concluded, I discussed that when God tells
us to love our enemies he gives, along with the
command the love itself. Later she too reflected
on how in forgiving the guard, not only had she
freed him, but also herself, of the anger and
bitterness she had been carrying.
Feast Of St Blaise
Is this Tuesday and there
will be blessing of the
throats at the 9.00am
Mass
Enrolment for
Confirmation
11th February 2015,
7.30pm in the parish hall.
Enrolment forms are at
the back of the church,
please bring with you on
the night with a
photocopy of the
candidate’s Baptismal
Certificate (if not baptised
at St Bridget’s). This
meeting is for
parents/carers and the
candidates.
First Holy Communion
2015
The next class is
Wednesday 4th February
at 6.30pm in the church.
Parish Hall
We now have a new
booking procedure for
anyone wishing to hire
the parish hall for a
private function.
Enquiries and
confirmation of bookings
will be handled by Mary
Bradley. She will liaise
with the Parish Office.
Please contact Mary on
07709 639628 and leave
a message if no reply.
The charge is £25 per
hour and a £100 deposit.
Church Tower
As you have all seen, we
have had an incident of
masonry falling from the
tower as a result of frost
damage. A timely
reminder of what was
said during our Growing
In Faith Campaign. Our
church is in need of some
tender loving care.
Some emergency work
has been carried out to
render the tower safe
until more extensive
repairs are progressed,
when the weather
improves.
Across are having their annual St Brigit’s Night Supper Dance and
Cross making this Sat 31st January at the Heston Catholic Social
Club Eaton Ave Heston TW50HB.
This is always a wonderful occasion and an important fundraiser for our
Lourdes Pilgrimage which this year is from the 30th July to 8th Aug. It is
also a time for us all to get together and look back at last year and look
forward to the next pilgrimage. Supper is served from 7pm of Irish Stew
and Soda Bread, with an exhibition of Irish Dancing, tombola, games and
raffles to follow. Live music starts around 9pm dancing to Pat Nugent and
Mustang and the entertainment runs through to 1am if you can last that
long! You will be shown how to make the cross but if you are not
successful then don’t worry as we have people on hand that will make one
for you to take home. Contact John or Tina on 07973127327
Regular Groups & Events
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In the Parish Hall unless
otherwise stated
Date
Feast Day
Mass
Intention
Saturday 31st January
Vigil Mass
6.00pm
Eamon Mulvaney R.D
Sunday 1st February
Fourth Sunday In
Ordinary Time
8.00am
Christianne Ziregbe (Thanksgiving & Special
Intentions) Eamon Mulvaney R.D & Joe
O’Connor R.D
10.00am
The People Of The Parish
12.00noon
Chris Hughes (Sick), Betty Mc Dermott R.D,
Rita & Edwin (Special Intention)
Monday
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Friendship Club for Older
People
Next meeting is the 2nd Feb
Legion of Mary
Every Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday
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Foundation Governors
Needed for St Mary’s Catholic Primary
The Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols invites you to
consider serving the Church in this special ministry. Foundation governors
are appointed by the Archbishop to serve as his representatives on the
governing bodies of all Catholic schools to ensure the Church’s mission
and practice are upheld. For more information please visit
www.smi.hounslow.sch.uk or contact:
Foundation Governor Co-ordinator, Vaughan House, 46, Francis Street,
London SW1P 1QN.Tel 020 7798 9005
Tuesday Club for Youth/
Adults with Special Needs
3rd February 7.00 – 9.00pm
(Term time)
Wednesday
2015 Commemoration Calendar - 600th Anniversary of the Foundation of
Syon Abbey in Isleworth
We are pleased to advise that copies are now available from the Repository
Gift Shop. Price £7.00. Orders can also be placed by email to
shop@stbridgets.org.uk
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Monday 2nd February
PRESENTATION OF
THE LORD
7.00pm
Susan Conroy R.D
Tuesday 3rd February
St Blaise
9.00am
Charles Gibson R.D
Wednesday 4th February
Feria
9.00am
Maggie Duffy R.D
Thursday 5th February
St Agatha
9.00am
Ronald Aldridge R.D & Eloise Poiret R.D
Friday 6th February
St Paul Miki and
Companions
7.00pm
Roy Phillips R.I.P (Anniv)
Saturday 7th February
Feria
10.00am
Vigil Mass
6.00pm
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Little Angels Toddler Group
(closed until further notice)
Thursday
Church Cleaning after 9.00am
Mass
Gentle Seated Exercises for
Older People
Run by an AGE CONCERN
physiotherapist. Every Thursday
from 2.00 – 3.00pm
Friday
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Little Angels Toddler Group
Due to other increased commitments, the Wednesday Little Angels
Toddlers Group is closed until further notice.
Diocesan Year Books
Are available at £4.50. This contains lots of useful information about all the
parishes, schools, organisations etc in the diocese.
St Richard Reynolds Catholic College
Will shortly begin recruiting staff for September 2015.
We are looking for teachers of RE, Art, Technology, Geography/History,
Languages, English, Mathematics and Science together with teachers of
EYFS/Key Stage 1 pupils and Assistant Principal roles.
Further information and application forms are available on our
website www.strichardreynolds.org.uk
Childminder
Local Ofsted Registered child-minder is available part and full time. For
more information please contact Kasia on 07910452854 or
kwarcaba@yahoo.co.uk
Mini Mary's Music Mayhem
£1.50 child, £2.50 max
9.15-10.15 am
Mental Health Drop-In
12noon to 4.00pm
Sunday
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Refreshments after 10.00am
Mass this week.
Sunday Breakfast
Next Sunday after 8.00am Mass
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Genowefa Szczygiek R.I.P (3rd Anniv)
Sick Chris Hughes, Naval Mair, Larry Brady, Josephine Price, Eileen Benton, Howard May, Eileen O’Connor, Edna Garrod, Gerald
Kauser, Arthur Stratton, Michael Chapman, Kath Bolton, Wladzia Siedlecka, Helen Fernandes, Alison Rebello, Sian Hughes, Ellen
Bradley,Gary Hales, Georgia Clark, Tess Stratton, Arthur Stratton, Anne McKenzie, Sue Luty, Ailis Bresnan, David Fairweather, Emma
Hennessey, Odette Barnes, Christopher O’Regan, Ted Reilly, P J Mc Mahon, Lesley Martin, Michele Lees, Dickie Bell, Shirley Jackson,
Gloria Ihme, Bradán Peacock, Theresa Breen, Ann Cronin, Eric Tuckwell, Heather MacMillan, Alison Grant, Hugh Breach, Soirse and
Maj Cunningham, May Kissane, Jack Brady, Pat & Roy Edwards, Maureen Pierce, Elizabeth Russell, Martin Russell, Mary Nathan,
Anthony Casey, Richard Atterwill, John Dennison, Christine Steele, Maria Zehetner, Sr Anne Marie, Marie Donnelly, Philip Casey, Sue &
Bob Young, Cathie Budge, Miriam Gutteridge, Pawla Dennison, Pauline Williams, Sophie Bordi, Joyce Ennis, John Okonjo, Onyeka
Okonjo, Kiana Gooding, Sheila Dodd, Marie Seymour, Terry Sharpe, Tony Richardson, Loretta De’Silva, Pamela Fernando, Clarina
Dias, Peggy Convery, Angela Convery, Bob Stainton, Margaret Mullin, Simon Allad, Marie Aiyadoria, Mabel D’Cruz, Florence Harwood,
Christiana Ziregbe, Reg Legro, Jackie McGuinness, Marie Whitehead, Bernadette McCullagh, Flora Ziregbe, Tony Treacy, Anthony
Casey, Catherine Hynes
Recently Deceased:, Eloise Poiret, Ronald Aldridge, Sandy Peters, Dennis Hone, Margaret Courtney,Violet Hurst, Christine Manners
Those whose anniversaries occur about this time: John Francis Madden, James Bracken, Elizabeth Mourdant, John Jack
O’Sullivan
May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace
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