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16th January 2022

2nd Sunday in ordinary time

First Reading

Isaiah 62:1-5

About Zion I will not be silent, about Jerusalem I will not grow weary, until her integrity shines out like the dawn and her salvation flames like a torch.

The nations then will see your integrity, all the kings your glory, and you will be called by a new name, one which the mouth of the Lord will confer.

You are to be a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord, a princely diadem in the hand of your God; no longer are you to be named ‘Forsaken’, nor your land ‘Abandoned’, but you shall be called ‘My Delight’ and your land ‘The Wedded’; for the Lord takes delight in you and your land will have its wedding.

Like a young man marrying a virgin, so will the one who built you wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.

 Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 95(96):1-3,7-10 

Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

O sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord all the earth. O sing to the Lord, bless his name.

Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

Proclaim his help day by day, tell among the nations his glory  and his wonders among all the peoples.

Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

Give the Lord, you families of peoples,  give the Lord glory and power; give the Lord the glory of his name.

Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

Worship the Lord in his temple.  O earth, tremble before him.

Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’  He will judge the peoples in fairness.

Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

 Second Reading

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. One may have the gift of preaching with wisdom given him by the Spirit; another may have the gift of preaching instruction given him by the same Spirit; and another the gift of faith given by the same Spirit; another again the gift of healing, through this one Spirit; one, the power of miracles; another, prophecy; another the gift of recognising spirits; another the gift of tongues and another the ability to interpret them. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes different gifts to different people just as he chooses.


Luke John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said, ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now.’

  This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

Weekly prayer intentions

Prayer is a time to reflect on one's own life, but also to think of others.

Please pray for:

all those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes and also for all those who have recently died and for their families.

Prayer for the End of the Virus

Almighty and merciful Father, who show your love to all your children. We come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world. Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world. Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families. We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found. We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people. Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings.


Our Parish Prayer

Father, pour out Your Spirit on the people of this Parish and grant us
a new vision of your Glory,
a new experience of your Power,
a new faithfulness to your Word
and a new consecration to your Service,
that your Love may grow among us and your Kingdom come, through Christ our Lord.

Prayer to St. Michael

Holy Michael Archangel,
defend us in our conflict.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,
thrust down to hell,
Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

Act of Spiritual Communion

(To be said when one cannot receive communion in person)

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

The Rosary

Please spare a moment to Pray the Rosary every day

Try this link for help on saying the rosary and reflecting on it's mysteries

Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

This weeks further news and notices

Please let us know if you would like anything adding to the notices for the coming week.
Please see our main page for any special notices.

Cake Sale:

There will be a cake sale before and after Mass at St. Cuthbert’s on Saturday 22nd January. These cakes are delicious and all money raised goes to parish funds. Many thanks to Bernadette. SVP


Thank you to all those who have contributed to the work of the SVP in St. Michael’s these past two years. Your contributions have been used within the parish to support the elderly and the housebound and also families in need. They have also helped causes in Newcastle and, internationally, supporting the Missions in India and The Sudan. Thank you!

Journey in Faith:

Our Journey in Faith Programme will re-start THIS Sunday at 4pm in St. Mary Magdalen’s Parish Hall. The past few weeks have been introductory sessions and we now press on with the course. All are welcome to attend the sessions which are always finished by 5pm. Those wishing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church must attend. Look forward to seeing you there.

Parking at St. Michael’s:

A gentle reminder that only disabled people, who have registered with the Parish Office, should be parking outside the glass doors at St. Michael’s before Mass. If you are not disabled and have not spoken to the parish office, please park elsewhere. Thank you.

Mass Intentions:

Please note that whatever is written on the envelope will appear on the Newsletter. Sometimes, if a Mass Intention says ‘any time’ the Mass may be celebrated at one of the high school masses, or it may have been celebrated in the football club, or in private on a day off! If you want your mass intention to be celebrated on a particular date and in church, please make that clear. Alternatively, if you don’t mind the mass being said in private, please indicate that also.

Advent Memory Candles:

Candles bought in memory of loved ones at Christmas are available for collection. However, if you would prefer, you could leave them in church where they will be used on the altar as Sanctuary lights throughout the coming year. The candle burning this week at St. Michael’s will be in memory of the Finnigan, Johns, Scolly & Shaw families.


The funeral Mass of M argaret Christie will take place in St. Cuthbert’s Church on Monday 31st January at 10am.

The funeral Service of Lenn y Lincoln will take place in St. Michael’s Church on Friday 28th January at 11.30am

Council Consultation:

The council is currently consulting on a cycle route that will go along Durham Road and they are looking for the views of all who might use this road. Along with the school, the church has a large number of people using this road regularly. For further information and to put forward your views, please see https://sway.office.com/FBG7xSMP51tpC R03?ref=email

St Michael’s Defibrillator:

In memory of Colin Watchman, school site manager for 14 years, the school is fundraising to have a defibrillator installed on Durham Road, serving the school, church, playing fields and local area. We are working with Red Sky Foundation to educate the children around heart health and they will install the defibrillator. To donate, please put money in an envelope marked "defibrillator" and leave it in the school office. Thank you.

Grief counselling:

If you are struggling or suffering in anyway with bereavement, we have a trained Counsellor in the parish who would be happy to help, to listen and to talk with you in complete confidence. This will be free of charge and speedy appointments can be arranged. If you would like to arrange an appointment, please contact Father Marc.

Saints days this week:

St. Paul the Hermit--------January 15

St. Maurus, Abbot--------January 15

St. Marcellus--------January 16

The Five Franciscan Protomartyrs--------January 16

St. Sulpice-----------January 17

St. Anthony, Abbot--------January 17

St. Prisca--------January 18

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter of Rome--------January 18

Sts. Marius, Martha and Sons, Martyrs,--------January 19

St. Canute, King and Martyr--------January 19

St. Fabian, Martyr--------January 20

St. Sebastian, Martyr-----------January 20

St. Agnes, Martyr------------January 21

St. Anastasius, Martyr--------January 22

St. Vincent of Saragozza, Martyr------------January 22

St. Emerentiana--------January 23

St. Raymond of Pennafort--------January 23

St. Emerentiana, Martyr--------January 23

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