For God to plant the seed of his law of love deep within our hearts, we must prepare the ground , so we complete our Lenten scrutinies, and maybe try to redouble our Lenten efforts for these last ten days. Jesus is the seed of that love; he dies to bear fruit in us. The cross is the pattern he gives us, and the Easter call, for us to be able to live his risen life: Ten more days’ grace to enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery, sharing the Easter Sacraments: Then come to (his) life:
Maundy Thursday – Mass of Our Lord’s Supper 7.30pm
Good Friday – Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion 3.00pm
Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil and Paschal Mass 8.30pm
Easter Sunday – Morning Mass of the Resurrection 10.30am
Once a year we remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Jewish holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 falls on Saturday 27 January.
In the UK and around the world, 27 January has become known as Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when we remember all those countless numbers of people who have been affected by genocide. Why 27 January? This is the date when, in 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the concentration camps, was liberated from the Nazis. Six million Jews were known to have been murdered by them, but the actual number could far exceed this. However, Holocaust Memorial Day is even more than remembering with sorrow the countless numbers of Jews as well as gypsies, gays and mentally and physically handicapped people who were killed by the Nazis. It is when we remember also all the genocides that have taken place since the second World War. On this day we call and pray for an end to racial violence.
To mark 27 January, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses a different theme each year, relevant to the Holocaust and subsequent genocide. This year the theme is The Power of Words. In these days of “fake news”, it is important to acknowledge the potency of words, both for evil and for good. It is important to remember those who have perished and to flag up a warning for the future, so that such atrocities will no longer disfigure humanity.
The national event to mark the Holocaust Memorial Day will be held in London, but all around the country thousands of events will be held locally – in town halls, schools, churches. See the interactive map for an activity near you on the website of The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
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Resource produced by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust exploring the the theme "The Power of Words"
“Repent, and believe the good news!”
Where does Jesus begin his ministry? Where John the Baptist left off – preaching a message of repentance, of change, to welcome the new Kingdom of God. There is a simplicity about this message, which is not compromised by anything – today’s Gospel has these simple words from Jesus, and then the story of his calling disciples to follow him and share in the work of spreading the Good News. Repentance has something of a bad press – we tend to think of it as an old-fashioned concept. But every age needs to hear this call: to look and look again at what we do and say and assume, and see again that there are such things as right and wrong, and that sometimes we need an about turn. To follow Jesus, and to accept the Kingship of God, demands that we make a radical choice, which may well change our lives.
Today’s Scripture: (Psalter: Week 3)
Jonah 3: 1–5, 10
The people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.
Response: Psalm 24
Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.
Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.
1 Corinthians 7: 29 – 31
The world as we know it is passing away.
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand; believe the Good News.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
Mark 1: 14–20
Repent, and believe the Good News.
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, teach us your paths
Take a look at Today’s readings
No one can be unaware of the tens of thousands of people around the globe who have been displaced and forced to leave their homes because of violence, war, trafficking and climate-related disasters , so it is no surprise that Pope Francis has chosen the theme ‘Migrants and Refugees – men and women seekers of peace,’ for his 2018 Peace Day message. Every year Catholics in England and Wales celebrate the Pope’s message on Peace Sunday, promoted by Pax Christi and supported by the International Affairs Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
In his letter to parishes, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, National President of Pax Christi wrote:
“Many in the UK have responded to the invitation to shelter the stranger and more are involved in campaigns to stem this tragic flow in their work to challenge the arms trade and protect the environment.
“With this timely theme, we are all invited to reflect on our role to be peacemakers and peace-seekers today.” Continue reading “Catholics in England and Wales to celebrate Peace Sunday”
As an art form, poetry seems to have diminished in the popular mindset in recent years; it is often considered food for children or intellectuals. The beauty and form of poetic prose touches the deepest seat of human emotions breathing life into the mind and heart and can often draw us closer to God himself. To limit poetry to another lost art form or literary work is to place limits on the human soul and its capacity for feeling, imagination and depth.
The Catholic Church has always been a great supporter of the arts, most noticeably in the great works of Art that adorn some of our finest churches, captivating the minds eye with the image of the Divine. This also stands true of poetry itself. Poetry is most notably found in the Liturgy fo the Hours (the Divine Office) as an alternative to the more traditional hymn in preparing us for our work of prayer. There have also been many great Catholic poets over history including Dame Edith Sitwell, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Joyce Kilmer. Continue reading “Cornerstone to host Cardiff’s first Poetry Festival”
Are you looking for something for you and your family to do on a Saturday in those dark afternoons after Christmas? Well, look no further. On Saturday 27th January we will be running an afternoon for all the family. There will be workshops looking at the Lion’s Roar: Mark’s Gospel. The afternoon starts at 11am and ends at 2.45pm (with a bring-and-share lunch).
There will be sessions for small children up to age 9; a youth drama session for young people from 10 to 16 and two separate workshops for adults: something for everyone! Please fill in the registration form in your pew, to be collected as you leave Mass today.