St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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The Baptism of the Lord (Year A)

12th January 2020



Services this week:


Saturday 11th    


5.00pm Mass


Margaret Sharp


Sunday 12th  


10.00am Mass


Margaret McGrath


Monday 13th

(St Kentigern)  


No Service



Tuesday 14th   


10.00am Mass


Immacolata Delicata


Wednesday 15th


10.00am Mass


Thomas Tracey


Thursday 16th


9.30am Exposition

10.00am Mass



Monica Holland


Friday 17th

(St Anthony)


10.00am Mass




Saturday 18th


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Mass


Special Intention

Mary Syme


Sunday 19th


10.00am Mass


Bill Wood



Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm and on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £345; Justice and Peace £450; Teas £60. Attendance: 168.


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



Thank You: The collection last week for Justice and Peace raised £450.


Sacramental Preparation Class resumes on Thursday 16th January at 5.30pm.


Parish Financial Statement: The Parish Accounts for 2019 have been completed and sent to the Archdiocese. A Statement of Income and Expenditure is available in the porch.


Together before the Lord - A Valentine's Day idea for married couples that goes beyond the usual dinner and movie. This takes place on Saturday 15th February 2020. The Marriage & Family Commission have invited Fr Bart Parys SVD to come to Edinburgh and lead an afternoon of prayer and reflection for married couples at the Gillis Centre. Fr Bart is currently a regional moderator for Domestic Church circles in Dublin and is an experienced leader of couples retreats. See Fr James for further information.


Today’s Gospel:  The baptism of Jesus is attested to in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The account that appears in Matthew is the only one to include the dialogue between Jesus and John, however. Another difference in Matthew’s presentation of this event is the announcement made by the voice from heaven, which says, “This is my beloved son . . .” In Mark and Luke, this voice addresses itself to Jesus: “You are my beloved son . . .”


The baptisms that John performs prefigure Christian Baptism. John baptizes for repentance from sin. In accepting this baptism, Jesus unites himself with all sinners even though he is sinless. In Matthew’s Gospel, John the Baptist distinguishes his practice of baptism from the Baptism that the Messiah brings: “I am baptizing you with water . . . He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11).


The baptism of Jesus is another manifestation of Christ, another epiphany. Christ’s baptism inaugurates his mission. In an analogous way, our Baptism inaugurates our mission as Christians.


This Sunday marks a transition from the Christmas season to Ordinary Time. In a way, today’s feast is the high point of the Christmas season. Before Jesus’ birth, angels announced to Mary and to Joseph who Jesus would be. At his birth, the shepherds and the Magi recognize Jesus as the Messiah. At his baptism, Jesus accepts that he is God’s son and inaugurates that mission.