Showing posts from January, 2016

Sunday 31st January 2016

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11am. Sung Mass at St. John Fisher Catholic Church Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Woolnough

Dr. Scott Hahn explains the readings for this Sunday...Readings:
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19
Psalm 71: 1-6,15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Luke 4:21-30
God's words in today's First Reading point us beyond Jeremiah to Jesus. Like Jeremiah, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a "prophet to the nations" (see Luke 1:31-33).

Like the prophets before Him, Jesus too faces hostility. In today's Gospel, the crowd in His hometown synagogue quickly turns on Him, apparently demanding a sign, some proof of divine origins - that He's more than just "the son of Joseph."

The sign He gives them is that of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. From their colorful careers Jesus draws two stories. In each, the prophets bypass " Israel" to bestow God's blessings on non-Israelites who had faith that the prophets…

Sunday 17th January 2016

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 11am. Sung Ordinariate Mass at St John Fisher Catholic Church Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant: Fr. Lee Bennett
In the Wedding: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary TimeReadings: Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-37-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-12 (see also "’On the Hour’”) Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of "epiphanies." The Liturgy is showing us Who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God.

Last week and the week before, the imagery was royal and filial - Jesus is the newborn king of the Jews who makes us co-heirs of Israel's promise, beloved children of God. Last week in the Liturgy we went to a Baptism.

This week we're at a wedding.

We're being shown another dimension of our relationship with God. If we're sons and daughters of God, it's bec…

Sunday 10th January 2016

The Feast of the Baptism of the LordSung Ordinariate Mass 11am  at St John Fisher Catholic Church Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Celebrant Fr. Jeff Woolnough

Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Baptism of the LordThis Sunday's Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7Titus 2:11-143:4-7 Psalm 29:1-49-10 (or Ps 104:1-424-2527-30) Luke 3:15-1621-22 Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God's plan - that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made "co-heirs" to the blessings promised Israel. This week, we're shown how we claim our inheritance. Jesus doesn't submit to John's baptism as a sinner in need of purification. He humbles Himself to pass through Jordan's waters in order to lead a new "exodus" - opening up the promised land of heaven so that all peoples can hear the words pronounced over Jesus today, words…

Sunday 3rd January 2016

Sunday of The Epiphany of The Lord 20+C+M+B+16 11am Sung Ordinariate Mass  at St John Fisher Catholic Church Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Celebrant: Fr. Bob White

Epiphany Blessing:  Christus  mansionem  benedicat
Dear Friends A very Happy and peaceful New Year to you all! On this glorious feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, here again is the traditional blessing from the Roman Ritual with a little explanation of it. Chalk the Epiphany Inscription Over the Doorway of the Home:-
20 + C + M + B + 16
The letters have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus+ Mansionem + Benedicat. May Christ bless the house.” The letters recall the day on which the inscription is made, as well as the purpose of blessing.
The crosses represent the protection of the Precious Blood of Christ, Whose Sacred Name we invoke, and also the holiness of the Three Magi sanctified by their adoration of t…