In Jesus’ time a ‘covenant of salt’ meant a contract sealed by two people who broke bread together. It signified a relationship meant to last. The two would share openness and love, and seek to prevent harm coming to the other. So Judas’ dipping his hand into the dish at the same time as Christ was a shocking symbol of betrayal of love. By inviting us to become ‘salt of the earth’, Jesus is inviting us to a love relationship with everyone. We are to give a real ‘taste’ of that love, in all aspects of our life, bringing others the true flavour of our faith, and the difference that makes.
The parallel idea in our gospel is that we are also called to be light to the world. Just as salt can only make a difference when it is mixed with other things, light must stand out from its surroundings. We are called to be children of the Light, standing out, showing things the way they really are. Light keeps us from harm, revealing both the dangerous and the necessary. That light shines fully when we stay in contact with our Source.
Salt and light are both necessary to life. I take this thought to prayer.
Saturday 31st December 2016
6:30 pm – Vigil mass at St Francis Xavier’s
Sunday 1st January 2017
9:30 am – Mass at St Mary of the Angels, Camelon
10:00 am – Mass at St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk
11:00 am – Mass at St Anthony’s, Rumford
12:00 Noon – Mass at St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk
There will be no evening mass at St Francis Xavier’s on New Years Day
Times of Christmas Masses
St Mary of the Angels -7.00pm
(carols at 6.30pm)
(carols at 8.30pm)
St Francis Xavier’s-12.00am Midnight Mass
(carols at 11.30pm)
St Mary of the Angels—9.30am
Children’s Mass at St Francis Xavier’s-10am
St Anthony’s— 11am
St Francis Xavier’s—12pm
No evening Mass on Christmas Day
I had a dream Joseph. I don’t understand it, not really, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our Son. I think that was what it was all about. The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks. They had decorated the house and bought elaborate gifts. It was peculiar, though because the presents weren’t for our Son. They wrapped them in beautiful paper and tied them with lovely bows and stacked them under a tree. Yes, a tree Joseph, right in their house. They’d decorated the tree also. The branches were full of glowing balls and sparkling ornaments. There was a figure on top of the tree. It looked like an Angel might look. Oh it was beautiful. Everyone was laughing and happy. They were all excited about the gifts. They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our Son. I don’t think they even knew Him. They never mentioned His name. Doesn’t it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone’s birthday if they don’t know Him. I had the strangest feeling that if our Son had gone to this celebration, He would have been intruding. Everything was so beautiful, Joseph, and everyone so full of cheer, but it made me want to cry. How sad for Jesus not to be wanted at His own birthday celebration. I’m glad it was only a dream. How terrible, Joseph, if it had been real!
You can view a report from the 2nd cluster meeting by clicking the link below.
This weekend we welcome Fr. Jamie McMorrin our new assistant Priest to the parish.
We pray that he will bring a great enthusiasm for the Gospel and that he will have many happy years with us as he begins his Priestly Ministry.
Please see the link below to read the Archbishops Pastoral letter regarding the forthcoming Special Collection for the Aged & Infirm Clergy.
Pastoral Letter AICF 12 June
Letter from Derek Buglass the Archdiocesan Accountant regarding the Aged & Infirm Clergy Fund.
Please note that there are now dedicated areas of the website for Cluster Meetings and The Joint Pastoral Council.
In the Psalm today (Pentecost) we hear: ‘Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.”
Our upcoming Cluster meeting is the next step in our renewal process as a Cluster. By the year 2020 we will have 33 priests to cover the whole Archdiocese. Change is unavoidable. What does that mean for us? The Archbishop has asked each Cluster to meet three times this year to discuss exactly that and report back to him.
In our reading St Paul talks about renewal, using the idea of gifts. The Holy Spirit shows Himself in each of our parishes through our different gifts and ministries. This first Cluster meeting is about those gifts. We’ll be asking:
What does each parish offer, in its liturgy, service or community?
How can we make best use of our resources?
What could be shared across the parishes?
What does each parish provide as a stand-alone?
That our Cluster Meeting takes place this week of Pentecost is significant. Please join us this coming Thursday 19th in St Francis Xavier’s church hall at 7pm. Every parishioner from every parish is welcome. Perhaps your idea, the Holy Spirit working through you, is just what we are needing to hear. Please come along, be part of the change.