Sat Jan 14 – 5.45pm Constance & William McDonald
Sun Jan 15 – 9.00am Parishioners | 10.30am Peter Verdin RIP
Fri Jan 20 – 9.15am SI (Beck)
Sat Jan 21 – 10.00am – 10.30am Exposition and Confessions | 5.45pm SI Lowe
Sun Jan 22 – 9.15am Eamonn McAllister | 10.30am Parishioners
This new year 2023 we begin Year A in the three-year cycle, which mostly follows the first Gospel narrative, that of Matthew. You are invited to take a blue book home with you today – otherwise they go in the bin.
Thursday morning there will be a service of Word and Communion at 9.15am, followed by a coffee morning. All are welcome.
This weekend we again welcome Fr Colin Wilson from Frodsham who will be supplying the Mass for us.
There is a Council Meeting on Wednesday 18th by zoom – (ID868 8017 8473, Passcode CTLD 2033) between 8 and 9pm.
Before that and each other night at 7.00.pm there is a prayer meeting hosted by different church members – with the same zoom code. Our night is being led by Melanie Robson.
Details are on the church notice board. There is the annual prayer breakfast at 8.30am on Saturday 21 Jan in the sanctuary café, followed by a service at 9.45am in the URC Church. Do feel free to join in, and please add your own prayers that our divisions will one day be healed, and in the meantime our differences will gradually be overcome.
If a priest is needed urgently, Canon Browne from Appleton has offered to be available. His phone number is 264695.
This is the second Sunday in the season known as Ordinary Time. We embark upon the continuous reading week by week of St Paul’s first letter to the people of Corinth. The gospel has a passage from John in which the theme of last week is reprised, the Baptist introducing Jesus. The first reading from Isaiah speaks of one who is coming who is the Servant who will be the Light of the Nations.
Next Sunday there will be a special collection for the Priests’ Retirement Fund. This has been well managed over the years, and helps to support the twenty-eight retired priests in our Diocese, but it needs continually topping up.