for sick in our hospitals & nursing homes around the parish.
ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Nanoh Soriano; Edison Shahwe;
ministers of Holy Communion and lectors please let Fr Ikeokwu
know if you do not wish your name to be published in the newsletter or
displayed on the notice board.
and snacks will be served after 11.15am Mass in honour of Sts John
Fisher & Thomas More whose feast was celebrated on Friday 22nd
Pope Francis: his
vision and our future; the second in a series of 3 lectures, 26th
June, giving time to look back, asses and think ahead. Led by Fr James
Hanvey and Austen Ivereigh. At St John’s church, South Parade, Bath at
Ride for Vocations 4: Fr Matt Anscombe will ride for
vocations 26th June – 9th July, in the Apls and
Pyrenees. See poster and cards in porch.
Monthly healing service with adoration,
reconciliation and Mass: Wednesday 27th June, 7pm at St John’s
Church, South Parade, Bath.
Diocesan Family Day: 30th June at St
Brendan’s college, Brislington, Bristol. Full details on poster in
second collection for Peter’s Pence. This collection allows the Pope
to respond to suffering brothers and sisters with promptness, love and
compassion, so God’s people will not feel alone in their time of
Glastonbury Pilgrimage: 8th
July. See poster in porch for timetable for the day.
Living your Faith: Summer camps. See poster in
porch. Further details and application forms available from Fr Ikeokwu
or the parish office.
Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage,
24 – 31 August. See poster in porch for details.
Eucharistic Congress – Liverpool, 7 – 9
September, entitled “Adoremus”. Please see Fr Ikeokwu if you are
interested in attending.
Year of Mission –Birthday of John the Baptist
This beautiful celebration breaks into Ordinary Time,
but is breaks in to help us understand something of what we are called
to be as disciples on mission! John helps us to think about our
discipleship: pointing away from ourselves and pointing others in the
direction of Jesus; leaping in the womb, able to recognise where Christ
is to be found and where Christ is near; decreasing in order that Christ
may increase; a prophetic call of return so that we can find mercy and
compassion in the Lord; recognising the call of God in our own lives and
allowing God to call others through us – God’s word in our mouths;
and, looking at Elizabeth and Zechariah, always being open to bring
surprised by God and his faithfulness. But the psalm holds something we
might take into this week as part of our prayer: I thank you for the
wonder of my being. Do we spend time thanking God for who we are, for
the fact that he calls us, that he fashioned us, that he walks with us?
As we do that let’s be little “John the Baptists” in all we do to
lead others to encounter Christ….even in us!
commentary for Nativity of John the Baptist
Today we are celebrating the birth of John the Baptist.
If we look at the events and signs that surround his birth, we can begin
to appreciate why, as |Jesus said “of all the children born of women
there is no one greater that John”. John’s parents represent the
righteous people of the Old Testament. Elizabeth, barren and old, is
blessed with this child. Zechariah, his father, receives the news from
the angel in the Temple with all its ancient rituals. The child is
circumcised and given the name John which makes a break with tradition.
John is the hinge between the two testaments. In the womb he jumped for
joy in recognition of Jesus when the pregnant May visited Elizabeth. He
was the precursor of Jesus. In his death, beheaded by Herod, he points
forward to Jesus’ death under Pilate in Jerusalem. At his birth
Zechariah recognised this little child as a “Prophet…(who) will go
before the Lord to prepare the way for him”. Through preaching
repentance he would make ready the way for Jesus and finally have the
singular honour of baptising him. John would show his humility in that
he knew he was only the voice crying the wilderness while Jesus would be
the Word of God. He knew that Christ would take away the sins of the
world and he, John was unworthy to baptise him or untie his sandals. His
role was clear: he must give way to Christ. “He must grow greater, I
must grow smaller.”
Once we have recognised Jesus as the Lamb of God who
takes away the sins of the world we too need to repent and confess our
failings so that we can be healed. As we go to confession John’s words
of judgement can touch our consciences and convict us so that Jesus may
grant his forgiveness and absolution.
As Christians who have been sent to evangelise and point the way to
Christ, we need the humility of John. All Christians are called to be
sure that we are pointing to Christ and not to ourselves. We are here to
prepare the way for his coming. We are to decrease and let him increase.