Parish Newsletter 16/17 January 2021
Our Lady and St Peter, Aldeburgh
All Saints, Leiston
Parish Priest: Fr Tony Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07778 221509
Newsletter – Baptism of the Lord 9/10 January
Masses during the Week
All Masses from Aldeburgh are live-streamed*
Saturday: 1800. Aldeburgh *
Sunday: 0915 Leiston (Willie Towigg +)
1100 Aldeburgh* (people of the parish)*
Monday 0900 Live stream only*
Tuesday 0900 Live stream only*
Wednesday 1100 Funeral Mass for Harold Bessey
Thursday No Mass today.
0945 Committal at Seven Hills (Bessey)
Friday 0900 Live-stream only
Weekend Masses – provisional for the moment.
Saturday 1800 Aldeburgh*
Next Sunday 0915 Leiston (Private Intention DC)
1100 Aldeburgh (people of the parish)
Hospital Stays: the contact number for Fr Bineesh, who is the Catholic chaplain at Ipswich Hospital is 075496 95648. Please phone him directly, if you would like a visit during your stay, or ask a family member or friend to do so. At the present time, this is obviously subject to hospital regulations..
Saints and Feasts of the Week: Tuesday – St Wulstan. Thursday – St Agnes.
Confirmation Preparation will begin via Zoom this Thursday at 16.00. I shall send a link to our prospective candidates, so please contact me if you haven’t done so already, otherwise you won’t know the link. The date and time for the celebration of Confirmation is Monday, 21st June at 18.00.
Masses during the week. On Wednesday at 11.00 we have the Funeral Mass for Harold Bessey – Patricia Newton’s father, and there will be no Mass on Thursday because his committal takes place at Seven Hills Crematorium at 09.45. Depending on attendance this weekend the schedule for next Saturday and Sunday will be reviewed later in the week.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s loose plate collection, which totalled £79 We continue to be grateful and rely on all who pay by standing order and we still encourage you to set up one if at all possible, if you haven’t yet done so. In these days of lockdown, it is all the more necessary that we can be assured of a regular income, irrespective of Mass attendance The only details you need are these: Sort Code 20-98-07: a/c number: 90777048. And for Gift Aid purposes, the Charity number for the diocese is 278742. Thank you for your continued generosity. The parish account is: ’St Peter’s Catholic Church Parish Account’: Registered Charity: No 278742’. Let me know if you have a problem when you try to set up a direct debit.
In The Interest of the environment I will continue to send out the weekly newsletter on line.. I would also ask you to run off a copy of the newsletter and give it those without emails. It helps them keep in touch.
Please Keep In Your Prayers Liz O’Connor, Paul McComish, Giovanna Cimenti, Luisa Bessey, Margaret Stubbs, Heather Mabey, Maureen Dawson, Anne Smith, Pam McKibbin, Brigid Simpson, and all who are sick or in isolation. Pray for all who died recently, especially Harold Bessey and for John Mannion, Hannah Smit, William McKinley-Redpath and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
Catholic Climate Change: Kitchen roll and disposable napkins are made from paper – so all the environmental impacts associated with paper production apply. So, make sure that any kitchen roll you buy is made from 100% recycled paper or is FSC-certified. And always recycle the inner cardboard tube. And how about switching to cotton napkins.
Lectio Divina will on Wednesday at 1800.. Go to You Tube – Fr Tony’s Home Channel>Lectio Divina
Bishop Alan has asked us to use this prayer as he prepares for his retirement and we await the appointment of a new bishop.
O God, eternal shepherd,
who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love
a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness
and to us show watchful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Masses in Church: Do remember that the Sunday and Holyday obligation is lifted at present, and that you can, if you are vulnerable and feel safer watch our live-stream masses at home. For those who are coming to Mass, it is important that we are all particularly vigilant about the regulations we are asked to observe.
- Hand sanitizing on entering and leaving church
- Giving you name and contact details for track and trace.
- Social distancing of at least two metres
- No social interaction with others.
- No queuing when coming into church and going to communion
- Face masks worn at all times unless reading or receiving Communion.
- Disinfecting the church after mass. Regular help after each mass is welcome and needed.
READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 3:3-10. 19
Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’
So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ He replied, ‘I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down.’ Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again the Lord called, the third time. He got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli then understood that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, and he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.The Lord then came and stood by, calling as he had done before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’
Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground.
The Word of the Lord.
Response Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.
1. 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. Response
2. You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
Instead, here am I. Response
3. 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. Response
4. Your justice I have proclaimed
in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
you know it, O Lord. Response
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 6:13-15.17-20
The body is not meant for fornication; it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too.
You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ; anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
Keep away from fornication. All the other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.
The Word of the Lord.
Gospel Acclamation 1 Sam 3:9
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
GOSPEL: John 1:35-42
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?‘ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
The Gospel of the Lord.
A thought for Sunday: Three of the snappiest and curious sentences are found in today’s gospel. Small wonder that Jesus, who realised he was being followed, turned round and said ‘What do you want?’ Those words could have been said in a variety of ways – snappy, angry, aggressive, curious and the way in which they were spoken would determine whether Andrew and his friend ran away or answered the question, in their case with a question of their own. ‘’Teacher, where do you live?’ is s strange thing to say to someone you’ve never met before. And Jesus’ response was even stranger. ‘Come and see!’ An open invitation, with no strings attached. There are no conditions that apply to anyone seeking to know our Lord. We come as we are, whether we have a thousand questions, or none. Sometimes it’s just fascinating to sit and listen – and drink of someone else’s wisdom. On other occasion, one question leads to another. We have a patient and gentle Lord who knows full well that we all move at different paces, that some of us struggle more than others, while others are gently receptive. Don’t’ worry about where you’re at, just take up the invitation to come and see’.