St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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13th January 2019 - The Baptism of the Lord  (Year C)




Services this week:



Saturday 12 January


5.00pm Vigil Mass


Francis Burns  



Sunday 13 January


10.00am Mass


Dick Taylor



Monday 14 January


No Mass or Service





Tuesday 15 January


7.00pm Mass


Mary Syme



Wednesday 16 January


10.00am Mass


Liz McCann



Thursday 17 January

(St Anthony)


9.30am Exposition

10.00am Mass



Ethna McLaughlin



Friday 18 January


10.00am Mass


Special Intention



Saturday 19 January


5.00pm Vigil Mass


People of the Parish



Sunday 20 January


10.00am Mass


Gerald McMahon


Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm; on request.


Please note that there is no morning Mass on Saturday.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £380; Justice & Peace Commission £340; Teas £85; Papers £45. Attendance 191.  Money Counters this week: Team 4.


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


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Friday 18th January.

Erskine Arts Club meets in St Joseph’s Church Hall on Monday mornings, 10.00am-12 noon. All welcome – arts or crafts, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing…


Charity Knit and Knatter, Fridays, 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Church Hall. All welcome.


Bruce Kent introducing Pax Christi Scotland to St Andrews & Edinburgh, Saturday 19th January at 10.00am, Our Lady of Loretto & St Michael, Musselburgh, See leaflets in porch for further information.


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: Today’s Gospel tells us that the people were ‘filled with expectation’. It sounds like a very exciting time as they wonder who this prophet John could be. John must have been a very dynamic and inspiring preacher as the people speculated if he were the one they had been waiting for. He uses all of this attention for one purpose: to point people to Jesus. There are many people in our own lives who have pointed us towards Jesus, perhaps by an invitation to an event or a retreat or by sharing a reflection with us at just the right time. In them, we see something special and interesting that makes us wonder in our hearts and seek a little further. They are the John the Baptists in our lives, pointing us towards the Lord like signposts along the way.

     John humbly responds to the people by saying: ‘One who is more powerful than I is coming.’ He emphasises that it is He who will really set their hearts on fire. While the words concerning ‘winnowing forks’ seem harsh, we might interpret them as speaking of God’s power to transform our lives through Jesus. When Jesus enters into the narrative, Luke emphasises that He is at prayer, and it is then that this powerful experience of God occurs. A nice meditation for today is to repeat the last sentence of today’s Gospel, imagining God speaking these words to you: ‘You are my Daughter/Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’     (Reflection by Jane Mellett)

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