Sunday January 6th. 2013 Charity registration No. SC002876   Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu Redefining Marriage—why it is wrong (From the Catholic Parliamentary office) Since we already have civil partnerships, isn't same-sex marriage just a small logical next step? No! Rewriting the meaning of marriage will have a far-reaching impact on society. Over 3,000 UK laws make reference to marriage. The UK Government has already admitted that official documents will need to be rewritten to remove words like husband and wife. In France, the Government is eradicating the words father and mother from all official documents. Recently, more than 100,000 people protested against this in a march through Paris.  (There will be excerpts in the Bulletin from the above document over the next few weeks) Justice and Peace committees: We are encouraged to have a Justice and Peace Committee in each parish, whose work is to link with other committees throughout the country to try to support those in various parts of the world who are suffering injustices because of their faith and politics. If anyone should be interested in forming a group, please come to see me to discuss it. Justice and Peace next Sunday Special collection   A message from Bishop Peter Moran, President. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ We bring the season of Christmas to a close at Epiphany by remembering the gifts the Wise Men brought to the infant Jesus. The values of the world were turned upside down as wealth and power fell down and worshipped a poor and vulnerable little child. The values of the powerful and selfish could only reassert themselves with the violence that would stalk the life of Jesus, from Herod's massacre to the crucifixion brought about by those who felt their self interest threatened. True giving is a sign of a healthy balance of relationship, in ourselves and with others. We give because we want to, not because we have to. Yet that does not mean that there is no sacrifice: quite the opposite. While giving may well involve money or gifts – as we know too well - it also changes us and brings us into a better harmony with God's creation. We become more aware of those who live without life's basic needs and whose dignity is impaired. We find ourselves unsettled by human inequality, at home and abroad. We are more sensitive to the abuse of wealth and power for personal gain at the expense of others. The opposite of giving is selfishness, holding on to what we have, by force if necessary. And selfishness is at the root of poverty, war and ignorance, the great social evils. The Gospel calls us to give up this selfishness and practise true charity. True charity is the God-infused love that wants everyone to have life to the full. True charity is rooted in justice – giving people their due. Without that justice there is no true peace. Charity then is the measure of our responsibility as mature Christians. It is at the heart of what Pope Benedict has called the New Evangelisation, of opening ourselves to bring others the gift of the Gospel, truly a gift worth giving. Wishing you every blessing in the New Year. + Peter Moran Burns Supper Roy Bridge Hall, January 26th at 8 p.m. Our annual Burns Supper is less than three weeks away. There will be a Committee meeting next Sunday, January 13th, after the 11.30 a,m, Mass in the Chapel House to arrange the final details. Anyone willing to help will be made most welcome. Tickets, priced £10,  will be available this week, and can be purchased from any of the committee members or from the Chapel House. It is advised to obtain all the tickets you require as soon as possible so as not to be disappointed. There will be full details of the Burns Supper in next week’s Bulletin.