News and Events
NOTICES AND FUTURE EVENTS
FROM THE ARCHBISHOP
“I am sure that you will join me in congratulating Canon David Oakley on his appointment by the Holy Father as the Bishop of Northampton…We shall keep Bishop-elect David in our prayers as he prepares for his episcopal ordination on 19 March.”
The piety stall has a few Church Art calendars left, please pop into the meeting room at St. Brigid’s, and have a look.
CHOIR REHEARSALS FOR THE CONSECRATION The next 2 rehearsals to prepare the music for the consecration are Monday 13th January and Monday 3 February at 19:00 in St Brigid’s lower room. Please try and attend if you would like to be part of the choir for this special event.
Tuesday 14th January. The film to be shown is MARY MAGDALENE. This film offers interesting speculation on the possible role of St Mary Magdalene amongst the disciples. The acting is excellent and it is a worthwhile film so do come along and enjoy it in good company.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – INFORMATION EVENING
Tuesday 14th January, 19:00 in SJF Parish Centre. If you want to know more about the pilgrimage, are thinking about going, have previously been and want to share your experience please come along. Any queries see Carmel or send a text: 07963491821
PARISH PRAISE AND WORSHIP
The Parish Praise and Worship Prayer meeting takes place at 19.30 on Tuesday the 14th of January 2020 in the Parish Centre at St John Fisher West Heath. Everyone is welcome. Come and join us in lively praise and worship and the dedication of the New Year and the New Decade to the work of the Holy Spirit in our Parish. Come along, bring a friend and give God Glory.
WEEK OF PRAYER OFR CHRISTIAN UNITY
There will be a service of Ecumenical Vespers to begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on Sunday the 19th January at 16:00 at Our Lady and St. Brigid’s, Northfield. Canon Janet Chapman, Vicar of St. St Laurence Church, will preach on this occasion. Followed by an ‘ecumenical drink’ in the Black Horse
NOTICES OF DEATH
Of your charity, please pray for the Repose of the Souls of
The funeral will take place on January 21st at 10.00 at Our Lady & St. Rose of Lima, Weoley Castle.
Canon Gerald (Gerry) Patrick Breen
Reception of the Body and Mass will be at
St Chad’s Cathedral, St Chad’s Queensway,
Birmingham, B4 6EU, on Wednesday, 22nd
January at 19.00.
The Funeral Mass will be at
St Chad’s Cathedral, St Chad’s Queensway,
Birmingham, B4 6EU, on
Thursday, 23rd January at 12 noon
We still do not have enough participants for the guided tour of Oscott to make this March 25th afternoon coach trip viable. We must cancel or confirm by 27th January. It is sure to be a great afternoon among friends. Please sign up!
STRENGTHENING CLUSTER COMMUNITIES OFFICER
St Newman’s cluster is looking to appoint a Strengthening Community Officer (Part-time 30 hours per week £18,500 - £21,200 pa. pro rata Fixed-term) For further information, please contact Jane Bamber, Senior Development Officer on 0121 230 6265.
Closing Date: Friday 24th January 2020
Interview Dates: Tuesday 4th February 2020
BAPTISM ENQUIRY MEETING
If you are considering having your child baptised this year, and want to find out more about what this Sacrament offers us and calls forth from us, then do attend the meeting on Monday the 27th April in St. Brigid’s church at 19:00.
LIFE ISSUES, SUPPORT AND HELP
Visit this helpful and informative website; lifecharity.org.uk
CHILDREN NOT IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Any children or young people not at a
Catholic School or those who for any reason have missed receiving the sacraments who wish to receive them in the coming year 2020 please contact the parish office 0121 475 1252 to let us have contact details.
THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS THE DOWRY OF MARY TIMELINE
“A spiritual renewal to help facilitate the New Evangelisation”
• 21st February 2020: All Catholics, and anybody else who wants to join in, will be invited to begin a personal 33 day consecration to Jesus through Mary following the method of St Louis de Montfort.
• Wednesday 25th March 2020 (the Feast of the Annunciation): All who are following the consecration will consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary on this day. • Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th March 2020: a three-day triduum of prayer in which all will be invited to recite the litany of Saints and Martyrs of England, pray the Rosary and go to Confession in preparation
for the rededication. • Sunday 29th March 2020: a personal rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary. This will be done in Westminster, Walsingham, every Cathedral, every parish, and as many homes as possible.
THE GOD WHO SPEAKS
Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. 2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.
It’s an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’.
To help achieve transformation there will be three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word.
In response to this invitation I will place in the Bulletin each week some pointers to accompany you in the practice of LECTIO DIVINA – a way of praying with the scriptures so that we may better hear what the Lord might be saying to us. (An additional handout will accompany the Bulleting this week end.)
The pointers are for the Gospel for the coming week end; you can pray the text individually or as a group that you are already part of.
As part of observing this year a team will also be offering a RETREAT IN DAILY LIFE in the Parish – more will follow.
John 1: 29-34
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Twice in the text, St. John says; “I did not know him”, yet later he says; “Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.” Can we recognise our own movement between not knowing and seeing. Yet it is also true that even now, we are in a place of not knowing…about our future, our children’s struggles, transitions in our lives – empty nest, singleness after death of a spouse, grief after the death of a loved one, changing health and ability, approaching a life change eg, job or retirement, parenthood.
· Yet St. John also refers to the Holy Spirit, three times in the text. Ask the Lord to show you how his Spirit was with you, guiding you, in your early unknowing, in your knowing and in your current unknowing.
· Spend some time in stillness with your thoughts, and talk to the Lord about your hopes and longings, fears and anxieties.