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2023: summary of Newsletters, features, links

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2023 newsletters list below

Food banks and Mary's Meals

some past featured articles and links 2023 (update end January)

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December + other links


Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI  R.I.P. Vatican News linkBiography

Peace Sunday was celebrated in England and Wales on 15 January; see Pax Christi, the International Catholic movement for peace for resources.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was observed in January during the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.  Theme for 2023: 'Be-Longing: Praying for Unity amidst injustice' - resource links are here

Epiphany Traditional New Year House Blessing (or any other time) "20 + C + M + B + 23" Christus Mansionem Benedicat ~ May Christ bless this house. A tradition in the Catholic Church was to hand out blessed chalk at the Masses for Epiphany, to be used in blessing one’s home in the New Year. Write above your doorway as in the example above: 20 (first two numbers of the year) + C + M + B ( for the 3 Magi, Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar), then + 23 (last two numbers of the year), then write below: ' Christus Mansionem Benedicat', (“May Christ Bless this House.”) -- The four crosses represent the 4 seasons. As you are writing, pray the following prayer: "Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen." ~ read more here and here  (is adaptable for any time of year, e.g. a new home).

Fr David's Meditation for Christmastide 'Peace on Earth to People of Goodwill' - also Fr David's East Window (Saints) meditation and Immaculate Conception Window meditation

A New Beginning! by Henri J. M. Nouwen: 'We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new. Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life. Imagine that we could live each day as a day full of promises. Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to the voice saying to us: “I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it!” Imagine.'  - New Year Prayers and Reflections

[of interest from our audio library: The CTIPA Christian Unity Service, with Choral Evening Prayer, in our Parish church, Jan 2012. Preacher: The Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton; 'if we take prayer seriously, will the process of prayer allow the possibility of change ... structural unity, working together.'  listen to audio file listen / download mp3 audio (16:20 mins) ]













Other links of interest:

2023 Sunday newsletters list. ... (2022 newsletters are here)

January 2023:  January Homilies

1st January - Mary Mother of God
8th January - The Baptism of The Lord
15th January - 2nd Sunday in OT
22nd January - 3rd Sunday in OT
29th January - 4th Sunday in OT


Liturgical Calendar

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