St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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6th January 2019


The Epiphany of the Lord  (Year C)




Services this week:



Saturday 5 January


5.00pm Vigil Mass


People of the Parish  



Sunday 6 January


10.00am Mass


Yvonne Shaw



Monday 7 January


No Mass or Service





Tuesday 8 January


7.00pm Mass


Special Intention



Wednesday 9 January


10.00am Mass


Special Intention



Thursday 10 January


10.00am Service





Friday 11 January


No Mass or Service




Saturday 12 January


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Vigil Mass


Special Intention

Francis Burns



Sunday 13 January


10.00am Mass


Dick Taylor


Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm; on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £330; Building Fund £275 (including £100 donation); Teas £50. Attendance 150.  Money Counters this week: Team 3.


Teas/Coffee in the Church Hall after Masses on Sunday and Thursday. All welcome.


Thank you to those who wrote Christmas greetings on the poster. £100 was collected, which bought 20 £5 Co-op gift vouchers for Burntisland Foodbank.

This is the Solemnity of the Epiphany: The second collection will be for the work of Justice and Peace.


Charity Knit and Knatter starts again Friday 11th January, 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Church Hall. All welcome.


Grief to Grace: Father Dominic Allain, International Pastoral Director of “Grief to Grace” (an apostolate which aims to being healing and peace to those affected by sexual abuse) will lead an afternoon entitled: “Grief to Grace – the Effects and Treatment of Sexual Abuse” on Saturday 16th February 2019 at Gillis Centre, Edinburgh, 2pm-5pm. To register go to: Entry is free.


Day of Study and Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: 23 February 2019, Gillis Centre, Edinburgh. Registration 11am followed by a talk plus Q&A with Father John Deighan. The day concludes with a Holy Hour and Confessions ending at 3:30pm. To book, please contact Anne Lamond:


Today’s Liturgy: The Wise Men were probably astronomers and philosophers, but most importantly they were ‘seekers’, looking to the skies for something that would bring them closer to God. They would have been familiar with the prophecy about a new King who would be a very powerful leader, and they may have been watching the skies for years, waiting for the right astronomical sign which would foretell His birth. Many astronomers have since tracked the skies from that period, to try to identify what ‘star’ the Wise Men could have seen. Some have identified Jupiter, not a star, which in 6bc was following that correct trajectory across the sky over many months. One must admire the faithful and determined journey that these Wise Men set out on, a journey which involved many risks. The Wise Men represent all peoples of all cultures and faiths who make such journeys in search of God.

     We often look for signs in our own lives, especially when we are looking for answers. Let us have the courage to move out of our comfort zones in search of Jesus, just as the Wise Men did. They had no idea of what awaited them, but the Gospel speaks of their delight and joy when they arrived to that place.


‘We often make do with looking at the ground … I wonder if we still know how to look up at the sky? Do we know how to dream, to long for God, to expect the newness he brings, or do we let ourselves be swept along by life, like dry branches before the wind?’  Pope Francis


                                                                               (Reflection by  Jane Mellett)

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