1st – New Year’s Day
The first day of the year in both the Gregorian and Julian calendars. In pre-Christian Rome when the Julian calendar was used, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. Liturgically in the Anglican Church it marks the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
5th – Simeon Stylites
Son of a shepherd, Simeon (390 – 459) joined a monastery near Antioch, where he practised mortifications and penances that nearly killed him.
6th – Epiphany
Also Sunday Lunch
The monthly get together for a meal at the Sir John Warren after the 10:00am service mainly for those who would normally eat alone but everyone is welcome.
7th – Birth of St Bernadette of Lourdes in 1844
Known for having received visions from the Virgin Mary in a cave near Lourdes in France Bernadette died on April 16th 1879 which is now recognized as her Feast Day after being canonized as a saint in 1933 by Pope Pius XI .
Also Plough Sunday
16th – PCC Meeting
in the Cantelupe Centre at 7:30pm
18th – 26th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The basis of the Week of Prayer is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the Church. We need to pray for greater unity across the denominations, to help people to believe in Jesus for themselves.
25th – The Conversion of St Paul
25th – Burns Night
Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland to commemorate the life of Robert Burns, who was born this day in 1759. His best known work of course is Auld Lang Syne.
27th – Holocaust Memorial Day
31st – Maedoc of Ferns
Maedoc (582 – 632) was the founder and first bishop of Ferns in County Wexford and had a reputation for self-denial, holiness and charity.