THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
21 JANUARY 2018
As we learn at the beginning of today’s Gospel reading, Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God in continuity with the preaching of John the Baptist. Like John the Baptist, Jesus’ pronouncement of the kingdom is a call to repentance. Yet Jesus’ preaching is greater than John’s. Jesus begins the time of fulfilment; the Kingdom of God is already here. This will be demonstrated again and again, both in Jesus’ words and in the actions that follow. Jesus’ healings and forgiveness of sins are signs of the Kingdom of God that he announces in his teaching.
In contrast to last week’s Gospel, in Mark’s Gospel Jesus takes the initiative in calling his first disciples. As mentioned last week, it was more typical of first-century rabbinical schools for students to seek out rabbis, asking to be their disciples. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus breaks with this tradition and invites his disciples to learn from him. Jesus is said to have first called four fishermen—Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Simon and Andrew are brothers. Jesus promises that he will make them “fishers of men.” James and John are also brothers. Mark does not report Jesus’ words of invitation to them, but he does report that they left their fishing immediately; their father, Zebedee, was left behind in the boat.
Mark’s Gospel is told with a great sense of urgency and immediacy. Jesus is a person of action, and events occur in rapid succession. We see this in today’s Gospel. Time is of the essence; the fishermen immediately put aside their livelihood to become Jesus’ disciples. The Kingdom of God is here and now. The time of fulfilment is at hand. How might our lives be different if we more fully shared this sense of the immediacy of God’s kingdom?
|Sunday Cycle B; Weekday Cycle II; 3rd Week in Ordinary Time||January
IN ORDINARY TIME
|SATURDAY VIGIL||20||5.00 pm||Ray Travis, anniversary|
|SUNDAY: THIRD IN ORDINARY TIME||21||9.00 am
Mary Donaghy, lately dead
|Monday||22||9.30 am||Bishop Frank Walmsley, lately dead|
|Tuesday||23||7.00 pm||Gregory Cornyn, lately dead|
|Wednesday: St Francis de Sales||24||12.00||Jim Dore, lately dead|
|Thursday: The Conversion of Paul||25||9.00 am||Jill Pratt|
|Friday: Ss Timothy & Titus||26||9.30 am||Bryan Nylan, anniversary|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||27||5.00 pm||Joyce Taylor, lately dead|
|SUNDAY: FOURTH IN ORDINARY TIME||28||9.00 am
Ron Williams, anniversary
|Monday||9.05 am||Rosary & Novena|
|Exposition in Church/Confessions in the Chapel
Liturgy & Spirituality Meeting, Parish Centre
|Wednesday||12.30 pm||Parish Lunch|
|Counters meeting, Upper Room
Social Meeting, Upper Room
MINISTRIES & ROTAS – The Word & Holy Communion
|Ministers of the Eucharist|
|T Walsh, S Handy, J Walsh||R Horsley, A & J McGilloway, L Smith,
|S Shires, J Worrall, J Shires||L & S Handy, M Mortimer, D & J Atkinson|
|M Woulfe, K Mehta,
|M & S Wilson, R McCourt|
|K Flood, R Flood, C Murphy||M Woulfe, A & M Dore|
|G Lammas, D Swatridge,
|P Swatridge, S Burland, A Lumb, D Hopkins|
|S Irving, N Hazell, M Swatridge||J Moran, A Maher, L Williams, G Swatridge|
|Intercessions||E McQuoid||C & S Gillott|
|Vigil Offertory Procession||A & R Kennedy||V Kitson & M Bowes|
|Church Cleaning||Lynette, Sandra & Ann||Soheir & Marge|
|Brasses||A Pawson||A McGilloway|
|Saturday Tea Bar||Josie & Vicki||Julie & Moira|
|Sunday 9am Coffee||Suzie||Ciara|
FINANCE: Offertory Collection £1347
Poor Missions Fund £371.24
Crib Collection £172.74 Thank you
Century Club Monthly Draw – December 2017
1st No.71 G Donnelly 2nd No.13 A McGilloway 3rd No.94 T Walsh
PARISH PARTY FOR THE UNDER 10’s: This afternoon from 2-4pm in the Parish Centre. A fun afternoon of music, games and much more. Suggested donation of £1 per child. Even if you haven’t put your name down, please feel free to come along.
YOUTH COUNCIL (10 years+) GAMES NIGHT: This afternoon from 5.00 – 7.30pm, with party food. £3 per person.
LITURGY & SPIRITUALITY GROUP: There is a meeting of the Liturgy and Spirituality Group on Tuesday after the 7pm Mass in the parish centre. All are welcome. The aim of the group is to continually assess and improve the quality of liturgical events which help the spiritual development of the parish community.
SOCIAL MEETING: Planned for this Thursday, 25 January at 7pm in Upper Room to plan the events for the next few months, all are very welcome.
DIARY DATE: We are planning a parish retreat to the Briery in Ilkley on the weekend of 22-24 June, so put the date in your diary for now, more details to follow later.
BEREAVEMENT GROUP: Will meet again on Tuesday, 6th February at 7.30pm in the Upper Room.
BAPTISM PREPARATION: The next course is due to run on Saturday 10 February from 10am-12. If you would like your child baptised, please complete an application form, which can be found in the trays in the Narthex, and hand it to Fr Simon a.s.a.p.
GIFT AID CERTIFICATES: If you pay tax and gift aid your donations, please collect your certificate for 2016/17 from the box in the Narthex or contact the parish office.
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK: The week of prayer for Christian Unity is from 18-25th January. The UNITED SERVICE will be held at ENGLISH MARTYRS CHURCH, Dewsbury Road on SUNDAY 21st JANUARY at 6pm.
There will also be shared services every weekday followed by a light lunch at 12.30pm:
Thursday 18th, St Austin’s Church Wentworth Terrace
Friday 19th, Wakefield Baptist Church Barnsley Road Belle Isle
Monday 22nd, West Wakefield Methodist Church Thornes Road/Horbury Road
Tuesday 23rd, St Andrew’s Church Peterson Road
Wednesday 24th, Trinity Methodist Church off Jacobs Well Lane
For more details on this year’s theme, visit https://westyorkshirechurchestogether.com
WEDNESDAY LUNCH CLUB: After Mass at 12.30pm. If you wish to dine, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
COUNTERS MEETING: Thursday, 25 January at 10.15am – for everyone involved in counting after weekend Masses.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: Will meet on Monday, 29 January at 7.30pm.
BOOK CLUB: Thursday, 1 February at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. We will be reviewing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, led by Sandra.
SHORT BREAK HOLIDAY 10 AUGUST: 3 days, 2 nights to visit the ‘Kynren’ Epic Pageant. Further details are on the notice board, please put your name down on the sheet provided in the Narthex if interested. For further information, please contact Madeline Stones.
CITY OF SANCTUARY Afternoon Party: Elizabethan Gallery, Brook St on Friday 26 January, from 2-4. You are welcome. Just RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR DIOCESAN REFUGEE RESPONSE: ONE YEAR ON: The Diocesan Refugee Support group invites you to an evening event on Wednesday 31 January from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Hinsley Hall, Leeds LS6 2BX. Anyone interested in volunteering to support refugees and asylum seekers, as well as those who are already involved, would be most welcome. There will be an introduction to the Community Sponsorship scheme, news from key organisations about the work they do and a Market Place of stalls to learn about the range of volunteer opportunities across the Diocese. A photographic exhibition will be on display and refreshments will be provided. See poster on notice board.
FAMILY POVERTY: FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION: Family poverty is getting worse, not better – but what can we, as Church, do about it? A lively and interactive exploration of poverty today and the pressures this puts on family life. Sat 10 Feb, 10:30-3:30 @the Kala Sangam Centre in Central Bradford. Families are welcome – there is a crèche for those aged 2-6 and a separate programme for those aged 7-12. The workshop is free to attend but booking is essential. See the J&P website www.leedsjp.org.uk www.leedsjp.org for more details and to book a place. See poster.
DIOCESE OF LEEDS ANNUAL REVIEW: Copies are available from the table in the Narthex, please take one home with you.
REFUGEE RESPONSE NEWSLETTER: The Diocesan Refugee Support Group has published its third Newsletter. Copies are available in the Narthex to take home.