Today's Bible Readings

Old Testament Reading: 'The return of the people of Israel to their homeland after the Babylonian exile was marked by the public reading of the book of the Law. In the book of Nehemiah, the Bible gives us a moving description of that moment. The people assembled in Jerusalem, in the square before the Water Gate, to listen to the Law. They had been scattered in exile, but now they found themselves gathered “as one” around the sacred Scripture (Neh 8:1). The people lent “attentive ears” (Neh 8:3) to the reading of the sacred book, realizing that in its words they would discover the meaning of their lived experience.' (From the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis instituting this Sunday of the Word of God)

 

The Gospel: In the synagogue of Nazareth, his home town, very early in his ministry Jesus proclaims the Word of God from the prophet Isaiah. He unrolls the scroll and reads, 'The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor... ' On concluding the passage, he begins to preach by saying 'This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.' Jesus was anointed as the Christ, the long awaited Messiah, by the Holy Spirit at his baptism in the River Jordan, and from now on will begin to carry out his messianic role, which continues in our own day through the Church proclaiming his Word.

 

Fr Rajiv’s homily will be updated on https://castingfire.wordpress.com

Times of Mass and Devotions for the Week beginning

Sunday 23rd January 22

 

The church is open for private prayer from approx 8.30am until the early evening, when possible. Please continue to use hand sanitiser on arrival in the porch. Please use only the pews on the left side of the church.

You may scan the NHS tracing app code displayed in the porch using your mobile phone or the sign in sheet on the stand.

 

Saturday 22nd January                      9.30 am Mass

feria                                                          6.00 pm Mass

                                                                           followed by Confessions

Sunday 23rd January                         8.30 am Mass

3rd Sunday of Year C                             10.00 am Family Mass

of the Word of God                                11.30 am Solemn Mass

                                                                         followed by Confessions

                                                                 6.30 pm Mass

 

Monday 24th January                       6.00 pm Mass

St Francis de Sales

 

Tuesday 25th January                        6.00 pm Mass

Conversion of St Paul                                      followed by Rosary

 

Wednesday 26th January                  6.00 pm Mass

SS Timothy & Titus

 

Thursday 27th January                       9.00 am Mass

St Angela Merici                                                 followed by Rosary

 

Friday 28th January                             9.00 am Mass

St Thomas Aquinas                                            followed by Divine Mercy Prayers

                                                                   11.00 am Funeral Mass of Thomas Rodrigues RIP

 

Saturday 29th January                        9.30 am Mass

feria – of B V Mary                                    6.00 pm Mass

                                                                            followed by Confessions

 

Sunday 30th January                           8.30 am Mass

4th Sunday of Year C                               10.00 am Family Mass

                                                                   11.30 am Solemn Mass

                                                                              followed by Confessions

                                                                   6.30 pm Mass

 

 

The Christmas Crib remains in the church until Candlemas, 2nd February, the time when the 40 day old infant Jesus was presented in the Temple and revealed as the light of the nations and the glory of Israel.

 

Crib Offerings go towards the work of the Catholic Children’s Society with needy families in our Diocese of Westminster. The Crib Offerings are the main annual source of their income. Parents – do bring your children to visit the Infant Jesus in the Crib, light a candle and say a prayer for children in need, and make an offering to help them.

 

                                                

Sacraments

Saturday 29th January 6.00pm. We welcome our Confirmation candidates to their Enrolment Mass.

 

The popular Children’s Liturgy for children aged 4-7 yrs at 10.00am Mass is back.

Cake sale & coffee after 10.00am Mass on 6th February. Many thanks to our enthusiastic catechists! New helpers always welcome. Speak to Vittoria or Sr. Jenefer.

 

Please pray for the families preparing for their children’s First Holy Communion. They celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday 5th February.

 

Children who have made First Holy Communion are invited to read at 10.00am. Mass. Contact Sr Jenefer to arrange a time to practice.

 

Next Prayer Workshop: 2.00pm Thursday 10th February at Nazareth House Prayer Centre. All welcome.

 

Adults interested in the Catholic Faith and adults who wish to be confirmed please email srjenefer@rcdow.org.uk, speak to one of the priests or contact the parish office to find out more.

Catholic Listeners Telephone Helpline-are you a good listener? Can you assist with finding basic information about organizations & services?

Funded by the Cardinal’s appeal. If you are interested in volunteering email Ade at catholiclisteners@gmail.com

 

The New Testament for the Perplexed: 5 online talks by Fr. John Deehan. January 13th - February10. Book at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the -god-who-speaks-the-new-testament-for-the-perplexed-tickets-221344626737

Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism

If you have a child for Baptism under 5 years old please email us for an application form. You will be contacted once the form has been received. A copy of one of the Catholic parents’ baptism certificate will be required.  Baptisms can only take place on Saturdays at 11am. 

Holy Trinity Cine Club:

for children in Year 7 to Year 10 (approx 11-14 years old). Quality ‘surprise’ movie followed by discussion and pizza. All are welcome, suggested donation of £5 towards running costs. Contact cineclubbg@gmail.com. The next session will be on 25th February.

                         

Covid 19 and Church Heating

We are reminded by the Diocesan Health and Safety Officer: to ensure our protection from the virus in church, the building must be ventilated by keeping a door open. Only 2 of our 4 church boilers are working and they are not powerful enough to produce enough heat to let the radiators blow out warm air. This in turn could spread the virus and the heating cannot be switched on while Mass is taking place. These factors mean the church will not be warm in the winter, so we will need to keep our coats on in church during the coming months.

 
HOLY TRINITY HAS GONE DIGITAL

                                                                                                            

You will find our new CONTACTLESS GIVING device in the church    

porch and you can now use your contactless debit/credit card

to make a donation.

Simply choose the amount you wish to donate and

hold your card onto the reader.

You can now donate from home by using the button below.

 
 
 
Thank you to all who have been able to continue giving in these difficult times.

If you wish to make a one-off donation, or continue giving, please use the red DONATE button above which will allow you to easily use your credit or debit card.

Alternatively, you may make any offering via bank transfer to:

HSBC

Acc Name: Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee, Brook Green Holy Trinity

Acc no: 01308173

Sort Code: 40-05-20

 

Thank you for remembering that without your donations the parish cannot run. A lot of expenses remain whilst our income has been drastically reduced. We are very grateful for your continued support.

 
 
 
 

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Christian Marriage: a journey of healing

On Friday 29th September the Church celebrated the Great Feast of the Three Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Can you identify them in the picture above?

 

Michael carries a sword in his hand to defend your marriage from the Devil who accuses us when we sin, lies to us about what makes us happy, and puts in our minds doubts about the love of God.

 

Gabriel carries a pregnant womb, the visible sign that every Word of God carries new life and can become flesh in your marriage, because ‘nothing is impossible to God’.

The third angel, in the middle, is Raphael, meaning ‘God’s healing’. This Angel carries the hand of a young man - called Tobias - and is walking with him towards the marriage with Sarah. Raphael is the Guardian Angel of Tobias and Sarah,and of EVERY married couple.

Planning to get married?​​
Marriage Preparation Course 

Our course is open to all couples intending to marry in a Catholic Church, regardless of which parish you live in. If you are interested in attending a course in the future please email us: brookgreen@rcdow.org.uk 

Due to lockdown there is currently no date set for a marriage course.