Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Epiphany of the Lord (Old Rite: Sunday after the Epiphany)

Epiphany: This word refers to the twelfth day of Christmas and traditionally the Christmas festivities and decorations remain up until this date. The word Epiphany means “manifestation” in Greek. At the Nativity, no one really knew about the birth of Christ. When the three wise men came “the whole of Jerusalem” knew that something had happened in Bethlehem. The visit of the Magi from beyond the confines of Judaism heralded the universality or “Catholicity” of the Church. We at St Bede’s are a marvellous example of this universality with so many different national origins. The other important meaning for us is that the feast urges us to carry the beautiful and comforting message of Christianity into the ordinary life of the people we meet! In England, we have departed from celebrating the Epiphany on the 6th but our Latin Mass Community keeps to the tradition date.

Welcome to Fr Kidane & Christmas Again According to the Julian calendar (which lags behind our Gregorian calendar), Christmas Day is January 7th. Our Eritrean & Ethiopian parishioners (in union with the Christians in Egypt) mark this day and some will be up all night. Our Mass for them (courtesy of Fr Kidane) is at 12.30pm today followed by a reception in the club.

The Baptism of the Lord: Is the solemn inauguration of the Lord’s public ministry and a manifestation of the Blessed Trinity. In the Old Rite, it is the octave (a week after) of the Epiphany.

Crib Offerings:  This year, with the encouragement of Archbishop Peter, all parishes have been asked to donate crib offerings to ‘Friends of the Holy Land’. Every penny will help the poorest Christian families, especially in & around Bethlehem, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, with education, employment, health & housing costs and initiatives. FHL is non-political and ecumenical. Therefore, this year we will split the offerings made equally between Good Counsel Network (whom we have sent them to for many years) and Friends of the Holy Land.

FHC Programme 2017: The main programme begins next Sunday 15th January at 9.30am with the First Mass and Meeting.

Goodbye to Fr Andrew: who returns to Rome tomorrow.

Fr Christopher is with Fr Stephen Boyle and his cousin, Bryan Basden and family in Egypt for Coptic Christmas.  All the priests who were at St Bede's are well and send greetings to you all

St Bede's Youth Club: returns from its Christmas break.  Starts after 6pm Mass on Sundays and open to all aged 10 and over.

Cleaners for this week: Yorusaliam Zekristos, Sara Tuccu and Senayit Halefom.

Headteacher Required for September 2017 at St Chad’s Primary School in South Norwood.  Please see the school website for details  Closing date: midnight on 22nd January 2017.  A copy of the advert can be seen on our Jobs Opportunities page.