Newsletter —Sixth Sunday of the Year B—11th February 2024
World Day for the Sick, & Day of Prayer for the Unemployed
Father John’s Sabbatical
Dear friends, I have very happily served as Parish Priest at St Antony’s for almost 11 years now (time flies!) and recently I confirmed with the brothers that I will be taking a Sabbatical from June 2024. After St Antony’s Day (June 13th) I will be away from the parish for a year and back the following summer.
Last year with my superiors we were discerning what my future should be at St Antony’s. I was asked to continue on as parish priest and I was of course very happy with that but under one condition that I have a break before I start off another stint, (who knows maybe another 10 years! If God give me life, health and strength).
A sabbatical is a period spiritual renewal, study and retreat. The year will be divided up into long periods of silent retreat, study/formation, rest and time with family in Ireland and some pastoral experiences. So a time of reflection and regeneration of body and spirit in view of coming back stronger to serve St Antony’s Parish.
Our First Reading this week is taken from Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46: The Law regarding leprosy is given to Moses and Aaron.
Our Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 32: A prayer of contrition and confession for sin.
This week’s Second Reading is from 1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1: Paul urges the Corinthians to imitate him as he imitates Christ.
This Sunday’s Gospel Reading is Mark 1:40-45: Jesus cures a person with leprosy, who reports his cure to everyone.