As you undoubtedly know the word ‘epiphany’ comes into English through the Greek word for a ‘revelation’ or ‘manifestation’. Traditionally, the Church’s liturgies have three epiphanies on which we focus at this time of year. They are the Infant King’s manifestation to the Magi, the three wise men; the manifestation of Christ as the Father’s beloved Son at His baptism, the Baptism of the Lord (Monday 8th January); and the manifestation of His glory in the working of His first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – John 2:1-11).
In each of them there is a message for us:
The Magi – the Magi are instructed to go back a different way. As followers of Jesus, we turn toward Christ and follow his teachings. This most likely involves turning around and following a different path to the one we’re currently on.
Baptism of the Lord – Jesus’ identity as Son of the Father is confirmed, when we hear the Father say: ‘You are my son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’. In Jesus’ baptism and through our own, we recognize our own identity and dignity as sons and daughters of God.
Wedding at Cana – Christ is revealed as the Bridegroom and Mary says, ‘Do whatever he tells you’, as Jesus goes on to transform water into wine. Following the wisdom of Our Lady, we seek to follow the commands of Christ, his will and plan for our lives. We reflect on the vocation to Marriage and how God will always bless us with an abundance of grace and love, especially when we are in communion with him.
Mgr Jim, Fr Francis, Sr Maureen and Rachel would like to thank you for your generosity of gifts and offerings this Christmas.
We take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year and to welcome back those who have been away.
Santo Niño Feast Day 2024
The theme for the year is peace. The annual Feast day of Sto. Nino Feast day will be celebrated on 21st January 2024 at 2pm. You are all welcome to join the celebration.
Anyone wishing to donate or contribute food or other items please contact Carmen Tanedo directly on 07440 345468 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org On Sunday 14th January after the 12 noon Mass there will be a meeting to finalise all the details, followed by a practice for the choir members.
For those wishing to make a cash donation please give this to the Fathers.
Peace Sunday 14 January 2024
The work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.
Please take an envelope, which you will find at the back of the church, and return it next week. Your support allows Pax Christi to continue in their work of peace making.
Churches Together In Kensington and Chelsea
Churches Together in Notting Hill:
Will hold an ecumenical service on Thursday, 18th January, 2024 at 7pm hosted by St Yeghiche Armenian Church 13b Cranley Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 3BB the speaker is Doral Hayes, Churches Together in England's Principal Officer for Ecumenical Development & Relation.
Funeral of the late Julie Quadras
This will take place on Thursday 25th January at 2pm at Putney Vale Crematorium (East Chapel), Stag Lane, Putney, SW15 3DZ.
All are welcome.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
We Dare To Say – Lent Faith Sharing Groups
We Dare To Say is a resource for small group faith-sharing and for individual meditation, featuring five sessions each based on a line from the Lord’s Prayer. Each session includes scripture, prayers and a reflection with questions. The connection of the Our Father with the sacraments and the devotional life is explored, and wisdom from the saints is offered for the spiritual growth of group participants and individuals alike. If you’re interested in joining a group then please contact Fr Francis on: email@example.com. We hope to run a group after the 10am weekday Mass and another on a weekday evening, or weekend time. Let us know your preferred time. Poster here.
the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, are looking for people to give some time and join them in their mission.
Could you help in our parish, inspiring our church to help build a better world or by visiting our local schools?
Or raise a voice and campaign for justice or perhaps speak for CAFOD throughout the area?
Could you support local volunteers or share your admin or people skills to help CAFOD keep costs low? Training and support is provided. Seecafod.org.uk/Volunteerfor more information or get in touch firstname.lastname@example.orgOr could you take part in The Big Lent Walk?cafod.org.uk/walk
Young Married Couples Group
Are you a young married couple seeking to build friendships and desiring to connect with other young married couples? Well, a young married couples group is present in our parish.
The purpose of the group is to offer support and foster friendship and connection among the many young married couples present in our parish. The ideal age range of the group is under 40.
The group meets every month to socialize and foster communion and support. Among the different activities offered are meals together, trips out, games nights and social exercises. If you’re interested in attending, please email Steve and Annie Caprio at email@example.com. You can also join our Whatsapp group using the QR code below:
Young Adult Group
This is a group for people in their 20s and 30s and aims to build a community in the parish. More events will be coming soon. If there are any questions, please send us an email at:firstname.lastname@example.org join our WhatsApp group using the QR code:
Leaving a Legacy
In the last year, the parish has received a number of legacies from parishioners who have remembered the work of the parish in their wills.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of those parishioners. They will be remembered in our annual donors Mass.
Please consider remembering the parish in your will.
See the leaflets at the back of the Church or call 0207 798 9375 or email email@example.com
The Sisters of the Pauline run their shop in the repository at Our Lady of Victories Church from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 9am to1pm. The contact number is 07561456074.
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GIFT AID DONATIONS:
We have worked with our colleagues in the Parish Support Team towards procedures for processing the Gift Aid from contactless donations through the Dona provider.
When signing a Gift Aid declaration on the device, you will also be asked if you would like your previous contactless donations to be Gift Aided.
Further, as entering a Gift Aid declaration on the device can take a couple of minutes, we want to help reduce the amount of time you may spend on the device, and reduce the queue for it. Leaflets have been created and placed at the back of the church and on the notice board. These contain a QR code that will enable you to use your smartphone to make your Gift Aid declaration. You can also access the Dona portal and leave your donation by simply scanning the underneath QR code:
You can also donate securely by debit or credit card by clicking on the button created at the section end.
Eucharistic Adoration and Confession
On Wednesday's, after the 10am Mass, there is Eucharistic Adoration. This is an opportunity to spend some time in prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. During that time a priest will also be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Adoration concludes at Noon with the prayer of the Angelus.
Confessions are also available every Saturday from 5 pm to 5.45 pm.