5th February, 2023

5th Week in Ordinary Time

You are the light of the world

Collect Prayer: Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended always by your protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ …

Isa 58:7-10.
Ps 11:4-9. 1
Cor 2:1-5.

Gospel Acclamation: I am the light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life.

Gospel Matthew Matthew 5:13-16.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’


It should be known, that in the Old Testament no sacrifice was offered to God unless it were first sprinkled with salt, for none can present an acceptable sacrifice to God without the flavour of heavenly wisdom.
St. Remigius

Readings for Next Sunday (6th in Ordinary Time)

  1. Ecclesiasticus 15:16-20.
  2. Psalm 118:1-5,17-18,33-34.
  3. 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.
  4. Matthew 5:20-37

We venerate the saints

  • Mon 6 Ss. Paul Miki and his Companions, Martyrs
  • Wed 8 St. Jerome Emilian. Also St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin
  • Fri 10 St. Scholastica, Virgin
  • Sat 11 Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes

Notre-Dame de Lourdes, in the Department of Hautes Pyrenées, France, is famous for the extraordinary events that have occurred and still occur there. Pilgrimages to this place are founded on the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to Bernadette Soubiroux, a poor fourteen year-old girl. There were eighteen apparitions in total between 11 February, and 16 July 1858. Bernadette often fell into an ecstasy. She saw a beautiful lady in the hollow of the rock Massabielle, “lovelier than I have ever seen,” said the youth, who was once told to drink from a mysterious fountain, in the grotto itself and on another occasion, sent to the priests with a request that a chapel be built on the spot. At first the clergy were incredulous, but in 1862, the bishop of the diocese declared the faithful “justified in believing the reality of the apparition”. A basilica was built and in 1873 pilgrimages began. In 1876 the basilica was consecrated and the statue solemnly crowned.
cf. Catholic Encyclopedia / Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Weekly News


2nd Sunday of the month, please help us with the maintenance of our cemetery. Look for the collection box on your way out.


22 Feb, Masses 12 and 6pm at AK (6pm in Polis) with distribution of ashes. Please bring your palms from last year so we can make the ashes.


Friday 24 Feb 1.30pm. €18 per person includes one drink. Collection and raffle to help AMH. Info Fr. Jim or at the Coffee shop.


Friday,17 March 1pm at The Local in Chloraka. €20 Buffet lunch. Entertainment by Joe Mac. Contact Fr. Jim 99793169


News from our diocese of Jerusalem and H.B. Pierbattista Pizzaballa’s Sunday reflections are always available at


Thank you for your food donations. We are currently in need of winter items. For info please contact Fr. Fernando.


Have some tea or coffee, shop bric a brac, enjoy community time. Volunteers needed, please contact Fr. Jim.

Mass Schedule for this Week

  •  Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri …… 9 am at AK
  •  Wed …… 12 noon, preceded by a Holy Hour at 10:45.
  •  Sat ….. 4 and 6pm AK. /// 6 pm Polis.
  •  Sun …… 10am (Latin), 11am (Polish), 12pm (English) in AK.

Sri Lankan Mass: Every 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:15 pm.
Filipino Mass: Every last Sunday of the month at 12 pm.
Maronite Mass: Sunday at 9 am, Info: Fr. Youakim 9981 4316.