Newsletter —Third Sunday of the Year B—21st January 2024

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Our First Reading is from the Prophet Jonah 3:1-5,10: God spared the people of Nineveh because they heeded the message God sent through Jonah.
The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 25: The Lord teaches us his ways.
The Second Reading is taken from 1 Corinthians 7:29-31: Paul warns the Corinthians that they must act differently because the world in its present form is passing away.
Today’s Gospel Reading is Mark 1:14-20: Jesus calls the fishermen, Simon and Andrew, James and John, to be his disciples.

Sunday of the Word of God

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time is the ‘Sunday of the Word of God’ – a day, instituted by Pope Francis on the Feast of Saint Jerome in 2019, devoted to the celebration and study of Sacred Scripture.
“Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world’. Pope Francis
Pope Francis will preside over the celebration for the Sunday of the Word of God on 23 January in St Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father encourages every parish to devote this day to “the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word”.
What can I do to start reading my Bible more often and to understand it better?

  • Go and visit the God Who Speaks website;
    This website is the Bishops’ Conference Scripture initiative, in partnership with Bible
    Society, that nurtures a deeper Catholic engagement with the Bible. If you’re curious
    about the Bible, ‘The God Who Speaks’ is the place for you. It has great resources, events
    and ideas to help you deepen your faith and love of the Scriptures.
  • Join the Parish Bible Study Group which starts up today and continues every Sunday
    (See details below)
  • Follow Fr Mike Schmidt’s Bible in a Year Podcast. Cover the whole Bible;
  • Join our Friday Night online course; Know Your Faith
  • Instead of watching hours of Netflix/TV, check out the Catholic equivalent of Netflix
    called Formed. As a parish we pay a subscription which means you have thousands of
    Scripture and faith formation, lives of saints, documentaries, children’s programs and
    formation etc.

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