Twenty-Fifth Sunday (B)
Mass Readings: 135 – 137
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
The National Eucharistic Congress/Pilgrimage Report
The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage (Adoremus) 2018, was held in Liverpool Echo Arena, from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September. Liverpool was chosen as a venue because of its good transport links and the capacity of its cathedral. The Congress came to a close with Holy Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King followed by a procession of about ten thousand people, even though there was heavy rain. Brigid and Charles appreciated that Fr Sunith had asked them to act as the two delegates representing the parish.
The days were very well organised with notable Key Note speakers that kept the very big audience enthralled. The message throughout all the sessions was the importance of the Eucharist in our lives as a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ. The teaching of the Catholic Church is founded in the Holy Scriptures, The Old Testament and the New Testament. The Holy Scriptures, help us to understand where we belong, where we came from, what we need and where we are going. We need to help each other, to build up and to belong; we need to be a lively passionate community.
The Bishop Robert Barron said “the Mass a splendid Supreme Mystery”; it is where we can have a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is the life of the Church. The Eucharist is the source of the human Lord, intrinsically related between the Church and the Eucharist. Sr Margaret Atkins CRSA spoke about receiving the Eucharist during Mass as at the table of the Lord, where we gather as a family to praise God, ask forgiveness, thank and adore God. We are nourished by the Word and nourished by the Blessed Sacrament. Sr Margaret stated that at a family meal we gather around the dining table, we wait for all before we begin, we eat and appreciate the meal, we relate cordially with each other and we say thank you for the meal that has satisfied our hunger. However, Sr Margaret also pointed out that in today’s fast food society, eating is often individualistic, eating while trying to multitask this way it does not fulfil our needs, it is less nourishing and we are not satisfied. Bishop Robert Barron emphasised that the Mass is the highest form of worship. We go to Mass to adore and thank God. Memory is at the heart of the Mass, Christian Faith in memory, recalling what the Lord has done for us The Eucharist is not something to be proved, but encountered, an event, an experience to be nourished and fulfilled. As we gather around the table of the Lord, we remember that Jesus (Son of God made man) offered Himself up for us – a sacrifice. At Mass we recall His Last Supper and His passion and death. Jesus said “Do this in memory of me”.
The Congress also focused on families, how we come as a family to Mass, parents are the children’s first teachers and role models, other adults in church are also helping to form children’s understanding of church and the Mass. Schools have an important role helping children to have a personal relationship with Jesus. The importance of having an environment for the teaching of the Eucharist, it is not only about knowledge, but more about loving, developing a personal relationship with God.
To be continued next week …….
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Next Sunday teas (and cake sale) will be served by the UCM (in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support).
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £427.18p +£392.27p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £819.45p.
The 2nd collection for Home Missions was £75.09p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s 2nd collection is for our Church Repair Fund 2018.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of John Hubert McManus. The funeral for John McManus will be on Wednesday 26th September at 12.30pm followed by Beckenham Crematorium at 2pm.
May his soul rest in peace.
Parish Email Address: Please note that the Parish email address has now changed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Holy Communion Classes: The next key dates for September are Tuesday 25th September and Saturday 29th September.
Mass Intentions: There are some vacant week-day mass intention slots still available for September & October. Please let us know if you wish to arrange a mass for these times. Please do not email requests to the presbytery. Thank you.
Annual Parish Pilgrimage: Minister Abbey and Broadstairs – NEXT SATURDAY (29th September), 8:30am start. Cost £25 which includes a £6 donation to the Abbey. Booking with fares will be taken after all weekend masses.
Knights of St Columba Annual Parish Barn Dance: This will be held on Friday 19th October at the Melvin Hall, Melvin Road. It will start at 7.30pm. Price of admission is £8 for adults. The Knights will be selling tickets for this event this weekend.
Gift Aiders (a): If you have not yet collected your new boxed set of envelopes (valid from June 2018) for your cash donations to the scheme or if you require a boxed set, please let us know and we will sort it out. (Note: If you are a taxpayer and are not in our gift-aid scheme, please do consider joining. Forms are available in the narthex).
Gift Aider (b): Through your support of our scheme, we have recently received a tax rebate cheque of £7,744.68p from HMRC for the year 2017/2018. Thank you all. (If you do pay income-tax, please consider joining our scheme)
Car Park: Please be considerate when you are parking. Please do NOT block the entrance. Your car may get damaged and the Church will not accept any responsibility for it.
Catholic History Walks: Please see the poster on the notice board which displays details of the next walks in September and October.
Repository: Please remember to take a look at the repository before you leave the Church, there is a good range and variety of cards available as well as beautiful bibles, books and gifts.
Public Speaking Competition: The Province 7 heat of the national Catenian Sixth Form public speaking competition will take place in the theatre at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham SW16 2HY on Wednesday October 10th from 5 to 7.30 p.m. Why not come along and support our young people and hear some great speakers? It is hoped that 12 schools will be taking part and Bishop Pat Lynch is one of the judges.Refreshments will be served. If you need wheelchair access please contact John Woodhouse email@example.com 0790 8888 586 (by text) 0208 653 2373 in advance as there are stairs at the venue.
Catholic Singles: Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498
Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank. They will collect regularly on the last weekend of each month. The next collection will next weekend (29th/30th September).
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (23rd Sept—30th Sept 2018) (Year: B)
|Sunday 23rd||TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY (B)|
|People of the Parish
George Loader RIP
Martha Maloney RIP
Joseph Chukumah RIP
|Monday 24th||Our Lady of Walsingham|
|Laura Edith Elders
Deanery Teachers’ Mass
|Ora Lobo RIP
Wellbeing of Marrian Driscoll
(Requiem Mass) ………
|Fr Eric Flood RIP
John Hubert McManus RIP
|Thursday 27th||St Vincent de Paul|
|9:30am||John McManus RIP|
|Paraic Durkan Ints.|
|Saturday 29th||Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels|
|9:30am||Mila Vaz RIP|
|TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY ( B)
Josephine & Jonathan Bonner RIP
People of the Parish
Michael Guy Hutson RIP
Esme Maple RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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