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ST JOHN VIANNEY CHURCH

West Green
4 Vincent Road, London N15 3QH
Parish Office: 020-8888-5518 E-mail: westgreen@rcdow.org.uk
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Website: http://stjohnvianneywestgreen.co.uk/

05th /6th JANUARY 2019


THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
Dear Parishioners,
The word EPIPHANY means a revelation,
a manifestation, a making known. So today
we celebrate the making known of Jesus to
the Nations. The Magi, the Wise men, The symbols of the gifts take us into a
symbolises all peoples of different races and spiritual dimension. In our Liturgy, these
times. They were ‘WISE’ for many reasons. elements are part of our rituals, taking us
They were able to ‘read the signs of the beyond our human vision, into a deeper
times’, as they studied the universe. The relationship with the God who has become
interest in astronomy dates back to an one of us, as a baby in a stable in Bethlehem.
ancient time when people were able to plot Our task today is to tell the world of this
the course of the moon, the stars and the message of salvation. We embrace the
earth. They were able to calculate the cycles message of this Feast of the Epiphany and
that give us the seasons of the year. They manifest by the manner of our lives that
could make journeys by land or sea guided God-is-with-us, Emmanuel.
by the stars in the sky, long before modern
technology. What made them really wise, What a profound and challenging New
was that the recognised the Saviour, Jesus Year Resolution it is to continue proclaiming
Christ, as an infant in a stable in Bethlehem. the message of God’s love for us by sending
St. Matthew is the only Evangelist who tells his only Son into our human world. He
the story of the wise men; mysterious loved us so much that he became one of us.
characters from the East and wise enough to As a result we need to love ourselves, not in
ask the correct questions of those who knew a selfish way, but treasuring who we are.
the promises of the Messiah from the Old Can we have enough self-love and
Testament. confidence to help us fight the many battles
of life? May we have enough love in our
Tradition has named them, Melchior, hearts to tolerate the faults and failings of
Casper and Balthasar. People joke about the others … that we have a DESIRE and a
“impractical” gifts which they brought! determination to do the little things as best
What a shame! The gifts of gold, myrrh and we can … then somehow other items fall
frankincense have a deeper meaning than into place in a remarkable way. We really
the usual gifts exchanges! The gold is a gift need to believe that God is working through
fit for a King – Jesus came to establish the us, even when we are not aware!
kingdom of God; the incense reveals that
this is no ordinary infant, but God’s son who (Please take a copy of the New Year Prayer).
came to redeem all of humanity; the
ointment, myrrh, is a foretelling of the Every blessing to you all for 2019.
passion and death of our Saviour; his body That’s all for now, Fr Joe
will need to be anointed after his death.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM
IN LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS If you would like to have your child baptised
on the 12th January or later, the next
REMEMBRANCE TREE session will be on
Our Remembrance Tree is up and we Monday, 7th & 21st January 2019 at
encourage parishioners to write the names 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.
of their loved ones and hang it on the tree. Please contact the Parish Office to book your
place on the course.
ADORATION OF
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT DANIEL RAHILLY
Today, the 1st Sunday after 11am Mass We pray for the repose of the soul of
and on Tuesdays after 9:15am Mass Daniel Rahilly, RIP
His Requiem Mass will be held here on
ROSARY Monday 21st January 2019 at 10am
Please join us in praying the Rosary at We remember his family and friends in our
8.45am on weekdays, before 9.15am Mass. prayers. May he rest in peace

FAREWELL
MORNING TEAS /COFFEE
The farewell to Barbara Kentish, our field
In the Parish Hall on Sunday,
worker, will place here in the parish hall at
after 9am and 11am Masses.
6pm on Friday 11 January.
We also welcome parishioners and
Having contributed so much to Justice and
newcomers on Thursday mornings
Peace issues over many years,
after the 9:15am Mass.
Barbara deserves a worthy ‘send-off’.
It would be nice if parishioners could attend
CATECHETICAL PROGRAMMES this event! For catering purposes, could you
FOR 2018 - 2019 please put you name on the list provided at
the back of the church.
If you have any enquiries, please contact
Sr. Devy on 07455 544 065 or
Parish Office on 020 8888 5518 PARISH OUTREACH
SANDWICH MAKING (PREPARATION):
FIRST COMMUNION PROGRAMME Friday 11th after Mass in the Parish hall.
The next Soup Run is at 4.30pm on
Next session: Sat, 12th January at 10am Sat. 12th January 2019: Group A

FIRST RECONCILIATION PROGRAMME


Registration is now open for children who INSIGHT II: WOMEN & MEN OF THE BIBLE
This course offers an insight into the lives of
had received their first Holy Communion in
various women and men in the Bible,
May 2018 to prepare for the Sacrament of
specifically from the Old Testament.
Reconciliation. The first session will be on
Next session: Tuesday, 15th Jan (7.30pm)
Saturday, 19th January 12pm-1:15pm or Wednesday, 16th Jan (10am)

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME THANK GOD ON FRIDAY!


Next session: Sat, 12th January at 3:30pm. Friday, 1st February, 7:30-9:00pm.
Make time to spend a moment alone with God
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR in thanksgiving, prayer and adoration. The
ADULTS (RCIA) short talk, adoration and music will be led by
Next session: Sat, 12th Jan + Mass 6pm the Verbum Dei Missionaries. All are welcome
THE ST. JOHN VIANNEY’S FILM NIGHT PAX CHRISTI – PEACE SUNDAY
"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" 20 JANUARY 2019
About a businessman who is shown by his
The theme for 2019 is “Good
guardian angel what life would have been
politics serves peace”
like if he had never existed.
Sunday 20th January 2019 at 5pm One thing is certain: good politics is at the
in the St. John Vianney Parish Hall. service of peace. It respects and promotes
fundamental human rights, which are at the
SURPLUS CHRISTMAS GIFTS and CAKE same time mutual obligations, enabling a
SALE bond of trust and gratitude to be forged
We all know it is difficult to buy presents between present and future
for friends who have everything!! generations….today more than ever, our
We plan to hold a sale of Surplus Gifts and societies need “artisans of peace” who can be
Cake Sales to help us raise fund for the messengers and authentic witnesses of God
London Catholic Worker. the Father, who wills the good and the
The sale will be on happiness of the human family.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January There will be a Retiring Collection to help
after all the Masses. the works of PAX Christi.
If you have any Surplus Christmas gifts you
would like to donate, please leave them in LITURGY GROUP DAY
the Church or the Parish Office. There will be a special day organised on
Parishioners are also invited to support Saturday, 3rd March 2019
the event by bringing in cakes and buying. for all who are involved in our liturgical
It would be much appreciated. celebration:
...the church cleaning team
APPLYING FOR A PLACE IN RECEPTION ...the PowerPoint creator & operator
AT ST. JOHN VIANNEY SCHOOL ...the welcomers
FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 ...the altar servers & supporting families
Application packs are now available from ...all the musicians and choir
the school office. See notice board for full ...the readers
details. The deadline for ALL applications ...the collectors
is TUESDAY, 15th January 2019 ...those who bring up the offertory gifts
...the Eucharistic ministers
THE LIVESIMPLY GROUP Please mark this date on your calendars
Would like to invite you to recycle your and we look forward to seeing you there!
Christmas cards over the next weeks.
A box has been put at the front of the church AVAILABLE IN THE REPOSITORY:
for your use.
Westminster 2019 Yearbook: £4.50/copy
THE ANNUAL MASS IN HONOUR OF OUR St. Paul Sunday Missal: £5.95/copy
LADY OF LOURDES Justice & Peace Commission 2019
will take place in the Cathedral on Calendars, with quotes from ‘Laudato Si’:
Saturday 9th February 2018 at 2.00 pm.
£2/copy or £5/3 copies
The Sacrament of the Sick will be
administered during the Mass by the bishops
VACANCY
and priests. If any of you will be attending in Irish Chaplaincy is looking for a RESETTLEMENT
a wheelchair, please let Germaine know CASEWORKER. See notice board for full details.
before 20 Jan ‘19
Entrance Antiphon
Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come;
and kingship is in his grasp, and power and
dominion. THIS WEEK WE PRAY FOR
The repose of the soul:
First reading Tom Kennedy
Isaiah 60:1-6 Elizabeth Miller
Jocelyn Luxon
Psalm 71:1-2,7-8,10-13
All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Madeleine Holmes
Lord. RIP

Second reading Special Intentions:


Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6 Kathleen McAnenery
Maureen Morley
Gospel Acclamation Lilly Hanna
Alleluia, alleluia! Mr & Mrs Joey Gonito [Thanksgiving]
We saw his star as it rose Donor’s Intentions
and have come to do the Lord homage. Michele Laratonda
Alleluia! Con Kelleher
Matthew Stapleton
Gospel Tony & Bernadette Stapleton
Matthew 2:1-12
Gretta Lettice
Communion Antiphon Ava-Maria Ubaka
We have seen his star in the East, Christine Sheeham
and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.
And for the sick and those in our parish

MASS & SERVICE TIMES Christmas Blessing


Monday 9:15am Carol & John Darker
Tuesday 9:15am
Birthday
Wednesday 9:15am Janice Leckie
Thursday 9:15am James L. Ng Ying
Friday 9:15am
NAMES NOT LISTED ABOVE
Saturday 9:15am ARE LISTED IN OUR BOOK OF INTENTIONS.
[6pm – Sunday Vigil Mass]
Sunday 9:00am and 11:00am

Saturday: Sacrament of Reconciliation


from 9:45am – 10:15am
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Tues. to Fri. 10am-12noon, 1pm-4pm
PARISH TEAM
Fr. Joe Ryan, Parish Priest To make an appointment
Sr. Devy Pranadjaja, Parish Sister Phone: 0208 888 5518 or
Germaine Ng Ying, Parish Admin/Secretary email westgreen@rcdow.org.uk
We cannot guarantee to have anyone available
outside of these hours.