Thirty-First Sunday (C)


Thirty-First Sunday (C)

Mass Readings: 157 – 160

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60

The first reading of a longer section of Wisdom the theme which is God’s power and mercy. The world and all it contains is like a grain of sand compared with greatness of God. But God created mankind out of love. Because of this love, God does not desire  the destruction or death of humankind. He is always ready to pardon their sins, desiring only that  they repent and return to him. This ties in with the Gospel where Jesus seeks out tax collectors.; Zacchaeus, and calls him to repentance.

At the time of Jesus tax collectors were put in the same category as thieves, murders and prostitutes. And because they worked for the Romans, they were also regarded as traitors, and treated as outcasts.

We can understand then how the people of Jerico were offended when Jesus went to the house of Zacchaeus. But Jesus justified his action by saying that Zacchaeus too was a son of Abraham, and therefore had as much right to the mercy of God as any other Israelite. He went on to declare that it was to seek out and save people like Zacchaeus that he had come.

Touched by the kindness of Jesus, Zacchaeus saw the error of his ways and resolved to change. In this episode we again see Luke’s concern for the proper use of wealth—it should be distributed to the poor.

Paul prays for the Thessalonians that God will make them worthy of his call and keep them steadfast in the pursuit of goodness. Then he turns his attention to the second coming of Christ. There seems to have been false rumours, purporting to have come from Paul, that the Second Coming had already taken place. Paul sets the matter straight, and tells them not to get carried away.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Knights of St Columba.

Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM. 

Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.

Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £425.41p + £312.00p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £737.41p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £47.99p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s 2nd collection is for Parish Funds.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Archbishop Michael Bowen who sadly passed away recently.  Archbishop Michael was a faithful servant of the Church and especially of the two dioceses of which he was the chief shepherd.  May his soul rest in peace.

The arrangements for the funeral are as follows:

Sunday 3rd November
5pm: Reception into St George’s Cathedral;
6pm: Cathedral Mass: Archbishop Kevin McDonald to preside.

8pm: Vigil Service, after which the Cathedral will close.

Monday 4th November
7am: Cathedral opens; 7.30am: Cathedral Mass

12.30pm: Funeral Mass: Archbishop John Wilson to preside.

Burial in the Cathedral Crypt at the end of the Mass

First Holy Communion Classes: Please note that this month’s classes will be on Saturdays 9th, 23rd and 30th November from 10:30 – 11:45am (parents and children) and Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm (Parents Meeting Reconciliation) in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).

Confirmation Classes: Please note the next classes will be on Thursdays, the 7th and 21st November at 7pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).

Memorial Mass: Please note that St Anthony’s Memorial Mass will be on Saturday 16th November at 11.30am.

Farewell collection for Fr Stuart: If you wish to show your appreciation for Fr Stuart’s ministry, please put your donations in the wooden box at the back of the church. Gift Aiders should please write their names on their envelopes.  Please do not put Fr Stuart donations in with the usual Sunday collections.  Thank you.

Christmas Fair:  Please note that the Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 7th December.  All offers of help welcome.  Please note that donations for the Fair will be gratefully received from this weekend (2nd November).  Please note that saleable items only are wanted so please do not donate clothes, electrical items or out of date food or bottles.  Thank you.

Christmas Fair Hamper: The Knights of St Columba will be selling raffle tickets, for the popular Christmas Fair Hamper, after all weekend masses in November (starting this weekend).  £1 per entry.

Understanding Autism: On Saturday the 9th of November Helen Dyer from CASPA (Children on the Autism Spectrum Parents Association) will be giving a talk at St James the Great Petts Wood to lead us into a greater understanding of Autism. Tea and coffee will be served at 9.30am in the Community Centre and the talk will commence at.9.45am. We look forward to welcoming you!   For more information please contact the parish office: 01689 827100 or email:

Cemetery Mass: There will be a Cemetery Mass at St Mary’s, Chislehurst at 12 noon on Saturday 16th November.

Farewell Reception for Father Stuart: We invite parishioners to a farewell reception for Father Stuart at Melvin Hall, Melvin Road on Saturday 23rd November from 12.30 – 2.30pm.  Food and drinks will be provided.

 A message from Father Stuart: Dear friends, a very, very big thank you to all of you who so generously contributed to the many leaving presents I received to mark my retirement from St Anthony’s.  Not only the magnificent lap top but also a host of individual personal gifts which I found quite overwhelming.  Of course I mustn’t forget the famous cake!  I am slowly adjusting to the change of pace as my front room overlooks a duck pond and my bedroom overlooks a field.  Quite a change from Anerley.  The natives appear quite friendly though I am keeping a low profile as I need time to recharge my batteries.  I will be at St Anthony’s next month and will be able to thank you in person and in the meantime please be assured of my prayers as ever.  Kindest regards, Father Stuart.

Repository Gifts: Please take a look at the range of cards and gifts available in the repository.  There are now advent calendars in stock.

Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (3rd Nov—10th Nov 2019)  (Year: C)


Sunday                              3rd     THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY (C)
(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  Leonard Young  RIP

People of the Parish

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

Archbishop Michael Bowen  RIP

Monday                            4th      St Charles Borromeo
     9:30am   David Buhagiar RIP
Tuesday                            5th      Feria




  George Loader  RIP

Deceased parishioners

Wednesday                       6th      Feria
  9:30am   Miss M Rodrigues  RIP
Thursday                          7th       Dedication of St George’s Cathedral
  9:30am   Desmond Fortes  RIP
Friday                               8th      Feria


  Alexio D’Souza  RIP
Saturday                            9th     Dedication of The Lateran Basilica
  9:30am   Nora Kenny  RIP
Sunday                             10th 


                       (Saturday) ……











Deceased members of the Legion of Mary

Patrick, Alice & Liam Kelly  RIP

People of the Parish

John Vaz  RIP

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