Our Lady of St Charles Borromeo Newsletter 8th January 2023

The Baptism of the Lord

Sunday — Year A; Weekday — Cycle I; Breviary Psalm Wk.1

Parish Priest Fr James E Caulfield Telephone 01945 583466 Email: jamescaulfield@europe.com

Parish Secretary Mrs Veronica Marsden.

Please note Veronica is a volunteer and is only in the office on Monday and Friday mornings. For any general enquiries please email or drop a letter into the rectory.

Email: secretary-catholic-wisbech@outlook.com;

Saturday 7th January 18:00. The People of the Parish

Sunday 8th January 10:00 Vicky Kendrew (seriously ill)

Monday 9th January 10:00 Mary Hawes (who had a fall)

Tuesday 10th January 10:00 Mass Zoshia Pistaria RIP

Friday 13th January 12:15 Mass followed by the De Profundis

( Masses this weekend will be celebrated by a visiting priest, Father Gladstone Liddle)

Saturday 14th January 18:00

Sunday 15th January 10:00

Confessions: The next confessions will be on Saturday 21st January.

Tea and Coffee in the St Joseph's Hall after 10: 00 Mass all welcome

Prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

O God, faithful rewarder of souls,
grant that your departed servant Pope Benedict,
whom you made successor of Peter
and shepherd of your Church,
may happily enjoy for ever in your presence in heaven
the mysteries of your grace and compassion,
which he faithfully ministered on earth.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Gluten Free Hosts. If you are celiac and require a gluten free host please contact the Sacristan before Mass and arrangements will be made for one to be placed in a pyx for you.

Parish Forum There will be a Parish Forum Meeting on Wednesday 8th February at 19:00 more details nearer the date, any items for the agenda please submit in Writing to secretary-catholic-wisbech@outlook.com; or The Parish Priest The Rectory 69, Queen’s Road, Wisbech, PE13 2PH before Sunday 29th January so that the Agenda can be published the following Sunday, ahead of the meeting.

Access to the Church

The church is usually open 30 minutes before advertised Mass times. In addition it is open on Saturday Mornings from 09:30 -13:00; except on days when there are no confessions. As from February 1st it is also hoped that the church side door will be open to allow access on Monday Mornings from 09:00 – 13:00 and on Friday Mornings from 09:00 -13:00. The hope is that during Lent greater access will be possible and these additional times will be discussed at the next parish forum.

Memorial Garden

Thanks to the dedication of a few gardeners, and the generosity of many, we now have an additional bench and 6 fruit trees in the garden at the front of the Rectory. It is hoped that in the spring a sign giving details will be erected and a service of rededication will take place one afternoon during Lent. This garden is open but should not be used as a thoroughfare to the Rosmini Centre and hence the Canon Street Gate is usually kept locked. We have also had a few visitors using the church porch for shelter during the cold weather. I have sympathy for these unfortunate people but unfortunately they have on occasion abused the hospitality by defecating, vomiting and generally leaving a mess which is unpleasant to clean. It is regrettable therefore that consideration is being given to securing a gate for the porch area which will be locked at night. The care of the homeless is a matter which should be raised with your local councillor and MP, particularly since one of our MPs is the Secretary of State for Health. This is another issue that will be discussed at the Parish Forum

Holy Days of Obligation 2023

6 January Friday Epiphany of the Lord

22 February Wednesday Ash Wednesday

9 April Sunday Easter Sunday

18 May Thursday Ascension Day

28 May Sunday Pentecost

11 June Sunday The Body and Blood of the Lord

29 June Thursday St. Peter & St. Paul

15 August Tuesday Assumption

1 November Wednesday All Saints

25 December Monday Christmas Day

Psalm 42 Sicut cervus (Palestrina) sung after Holy Communion. Translation (Rough)

1 As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me continually,
“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,[a]
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help 6 and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
have gone over me.
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God, my rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
because the enemy oppresses me?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my body,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.

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