St. Joseph's Catholic Church Bromyard

 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist:  16/12/2018 - 01/09/2019                                                                                              

 

16th Dec: 3rd Sunday of Advent                                                              Clare & Ann

 

23rd Dec: 4th Sunday of Advent                                                         Patrick & Kevin

 

24th Dec: Vigil of Christmas                                                               Joan & Gabriel

 

25th Dec: Nativity of the Lord                                                               Steph & Mary

 

30th Dec: Holy Family                                                                        Clare & Halinka

 

6th Jan: The Epiphany                                                                       Steph & Halinka                                                          

 

13th Jan: Baptism of the Lord                                                            Joan & Gabriel

                               

20th Jan: 2nd Sunday of the Year                                                       Patrick & Kevin                  

                                               

27th Jan: 3rd Sunday of the Year                                                         Ann & Halinka                                    

 

3rd Feb: 4th Sunday of the Year                                                            Steph & Mary                              

 

10th Feb: 5th Sunday of the Year                                                            Clare & Ann                                                                

                               

17th Feb: 6th Sunday of the Year                                                       Patrick & Kevin                                                                                    

 

24th Feb: 7th Sunday of the Year                                                      Clare & Halinka

 

3rd March: 8th Sunday of the Year                                                    Joan & Gabriel

 

10th March: 1st Sunday of Lent                                                            Steph & Mary

 

17th March: 2nd Sunday of Lent                                                               Clare & Ann

 

24th March: 3rd Sunday of Lent                                                         Patrick & Kevin

 

31st March: 4th Sunday of Lent                                                          Mary & Halinka

 

7th April:  5th Sunday of Lent                                                           Joan & Gabriel

 

14th April: Palm Sunday                                                                        Steph & Mary                                                        

 

18th April: Maundy Thursday                                                                   Clare & Ann

 

20th April: Vigil of Easter                                                                  Patrick & Kevin

 

21st April: Easter Sunday                                                               Gabriel & Halinka

 

28th April: Divine Mercy Sunday                                                          Steph & Mary

 

5th May:  3rd Sunday of Easter                                                              Clare & Ann

 

12th May: 4th Sunday of Easter                                                          Patrick & Kevin

 

19th May: 5th Sunday of Easter                                                        Steph & Halinka

 

26th May: 6th Sunday of Easter                                                          Joan & Gabriel

 

2nd June: Solemnity of the Ascension                                                    Clare & Ann

 

9th June: Pentecost Sunday                                                            Patrick & Halinka

 

16th June: The Most Holy Trinity                                                        Steph & Mary

 

23rd June: Solemnity of Corpus Christi                                              Joan & Gabriel

 

30th June: SS. Peter & Paul                                                               Kevin & Halinka

 

7th July: 14th Sunday of the Year                                                           Clare & Ann

 

14th July: 15th Sunday of the Year                                                     Patrick & Kevin

 

21st July: 16th Sunday of the Year                                                       Steph & Mary

 

28th July: 17th Sunday of the Year                                                     Joan & Gabriel

 

4th Aug:  18th Sunday of the Year                                                     Mary & Halinka

 

11th Aug:  19th Sunday of the Year                                                          Clare & Ann

 

18th Aug: 20th Sunday of the Year                                                     Patrick & Kevin

 

25th Aug: 21st Sunday of the Year                                                      Joan & Gabriel

 

1st Sept: 22nd Sunday of the Year                                                      Steph & Mary

 

 

 

 

       

 FIRST VESPERS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

AND TE DEUM IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE PAST YEAR

HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

Vatican Basilica

Saturday, 31 December 2016

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“When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4-5).

These words of Saint Paul are powerful. In a brief and concise way, they introduce God’s plan for us: he wants us to live as his sons and daughters. The whole of salvation history echoes in these words. He who was not subject to the law chose, out of love, to set aside every privilege and to appear in the most unexpected place in order to free us who were under the law. What is so surprising is that God accomplishes this through the smallness and vulnerability of a newborn child. He decides personally to draw near to us and in his flesh to embrace our flesh, in his weakness to embrace our weakness, in his littleness to envelop our littleness. In Christ, God did not put on a human mask; instead he became man and shared completely in our human condition. Far from remaining an idea or an abstract essence, he wanted to be close to all those who felt lost, demeaned, hurt, discouraged, inconsolable and frightened. Close to all those who in their bodies carry the burden of separation and loneliness, so that sin, shame, hurt, despair and exclusion would not have the final word in the lives of his sons and daughters.

The manger invites us to make this divine “logic” our own. It is not a logic centred on privilege, exemptions or favours but one of encounter and closeness. The manger invites us to break with the logic of exceptions for some and exclusion for others. God himself comes to shatter the chains of privilege that always cause exclusion, in order to introduce the caress of compassion that brings inclusion, that makes the dignity of each person shine forth, the dignity for which he or she was created. A child in swaddling clothes shows us the power of God who approaches us as a gift, an offering, a leaven and opportunity for creating a culture of encounter.

We cannot allow ourselves to be naïve. We know that we are tempted in various ways to adopt the logic of privilege that separates, excludes and closes us off, while separating, excluding and closing off the dreams and lives of so many of our brothers and sisters.

Today, before the little Child Jesus, we should acknowledge that we need the Lord to enlighten us, because all too often we end up being narrow-minded or prisoners of all-or-nothing attitude that would force others to conform to our own ideas. We need this light, which helps us learn from our mistakes and failed attempts in order to improve and surpass ourselves; this light born of the humble and courageous awareness of those who find the strength, time and time again, to rise up and start anew.

As another year draws to an end, let us pause before the manger and express our gratitude to God for all the signs of his generosity in our life and our history, seen in countless ways through the witness of those people who quietly took a risk. A gratitude that is no sterile nostalgia or empty recollection of an idealized and disembodied past, but a living memory, one that helps to generate personal and communal creativity because we know that God is with us. God is with us.

Let us pause before the manger to contemplate how God has been present throughout this year and to remind ourselves that every age, every moment is the bearer of graces and blessings. The manger challenges us not to give up on anything or anyone. To look upon the manger means to find the strength to take our place in history without complaining or being resentful, without closing in on ourselves or seeking a means of escape, looking for shortcuts in our own interest. Looking at the manger means recognizing that the times ahead call for bold and hope-filled initiatives, as well as the renunciation of vain self-promotion and endless concern with appearances.

Looking at the manger means seeing how God gets involved by involving us, making us part of his work, inviting us to welcome the future courageously and decisively.

Looking at the manger, we see Joseph and Mary, their young faces full of hopes and aspirations, full of questions. Young faces that look to the future conscious of the difficult task of helping the God-Child to grow. We cannot speak of the future without reflecting on these young faces and accepting the responsibility we have for our young; more than a responsibility, the right word would be debt, yes, the debt we owe them. To speak of a year’s end is to feel the need to reflect on how concerned we are about the place of young people in our society.

We have created a culture that idolizes youth and seeks to make it eternal. Yet at the same time, paradoxically, we have condemned our young people to have no place in society, because we have slowly pushed them to the margins of public life, forcing them to migrate or to beg for jobs that no longer exist or fail to promise them a future. We have preferred speculation over dignified and genuine work that can allow young people to take active part in the life of society.