Newsletter Christmas Edition 26th December 2010
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ChristmasOn behalf of Fr Paul Fr Fitzgibbon and all the parish staff, we welcome all your Family and Friends home for Christmas. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all every Blessing for Christmas and New Year.

St. Stephen
One of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr; feast on 26 December. Dissatisfaction concerning the distribution of alms having arisen in the Church, seven men were selected and specially ordained by the Apostles to take care of the temporal relief of the poorer members. Of these seven, Stephen, is the first mentioned and the best known. A conflict broke out when the cavillers of the synagogues who had challenged Stephen to a dispute, suborned false witnesses to testify that "they had heard him speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God". Stephen was arrested and cast out of the city to be stoned to death. "Falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge". Little did all the people present, casting stones upon him, realize that the blood they shed was the first seed of a harvest that was to cover the world.

LNS Enrolment
Lusk National School Enrolment Packs for the coming school year, commencing Sept 2011, are available to collect from the school office until Fri 16 Feb 2011. These packs may be collected and returned between 9.30 am and 3 pm during school days.  All enquiries should be made to the school office at 8437738.

Masses: Saturday Vigil 19.30; Sunday 08.30, 10.00 (choir), 11.30; Weekdays 09.00; Bank Holidays 10.00; Holy Days Vigil 19.30; Holy Days 9.00, 11.00

Baptisms: Please contact the parish office. Usually 2nd Saturday of the month at 12.30. Last Sunday of month after 11.30 mass.

Weddings: Please consult with Fr. Hampson at least six months in advance of your proposed wedding date.

Confessions: Saturday morning 10.30 or by arrangement.

Devotions: Monday evenings Miraculous Medal Devotions, Expositions and Benediction 20.00. Daily Rosary after mass. Friday mornings Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Today’s Reflection – Matthew 2:13-15

The stories in the first couple of chapters in Matthew’s Gospel have a variety of links with the Old Testament. The story of Jesus is embedded in the politics of the time. The birth takes place during the reign of Herod the Great (74-4 BC). After his death, the kingdom was divided. Archelaus inherited Judea, Samaria, and Idumea as ethnarch on the death of Herod in 4 BC; he was deposed by Augustus in 6 AD. This means Jesus was born probably before 4 BC, which can be disconcerting. Nazareth is referred to relatively infrequently in the New Testament (5-5-8-5-8). Intriguingly, the full expression “Jesus of Nazareth” occurs in Matthew only at the arrest of Jesus when Peter is accused of being one of them (26:71). The fulfilment of prophecy is very important to Matthew (40-7-32-15). He teaches the continuity of God’s Old Testament project in the New Testament figure of Jesus. In the Gospel, Joseph is portrayed on the model of the other Joseph in Genesis: always directed by dreams. Joseph is always obedient. Matthew always underlined fulfillment in his Gospel. Verse18 originally referred to the Babylonian Exile. In our story, the Jesus recapitulates the major moments in Israelite history. In Matthew, v. 22, the family does not come from Nazareth but moves there. Jesus was, of course, known as Jesus of Nazareth, not “of Bethlehem”. Matthew, a good scholar, knows that there is not exact text which corresponds to this “citation”.

Prayer for St. Stephen’s Day
Loving God, guardian of our homes, when you entrusted your Son to the care of Mary and Joseph, you did not spare them the pains that touch the life of every family. Teach us to rely on your word, that in our trials as in our joys we may be clothed in gentleness and patience and united in love. Make us ever thankful for the blessings you give us through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever. Amen.