Corpus Christi (C)


Corpus Christi (C)

Mass Readings: 83- 87

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60


            The greatest mystery of our faith is the reality of the Eucharist; the body and blood of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine by the process of transubstantiation. This is the highest gift of God to humanity. Man eats food to live; but the Eucharist is the highest food, the food and medicine of our souls. The food of  eternity.

In the first reading we are reminded of the depth of God’s extravagant love to the people of Israel. How He brought them out of slavery, protected  them , gave them water to drink and fed them with manna in the desert. He made them his beloved people. Today that same Love of God is made manifest in Christ Jesus, who gave himself for our salvation and remain permanently with us in the Blessed  Sacrament. This was the fulfilment of his promise “I will be with you till the end of time”, Matthew 28:20. Hence, he instituted the Eucharist for our salvation.

            The Eucharist, in Greek “Eucharistein”, is a thanksgiving sacrifice of Jesus to humanity. A sacrifice of total self-giving, the sacrifice that nourishes and sustains  us in our pilgrim journey .For us Catholics, the Eucharist is the root, the heart, the epi-centre, the nucleus and the summit of our Christian worship. Jesus Christ himself physically present.  According to the Catechism  of the Catholic Church, “it is the fount and apex of the whole Christian  life and practice”. Thus, the celebration of the mass is the supreme prayer of the church. A prayer of thanksgiving.

            Today’s  feast, therefore, is the feast of our salvation, the acknowledgement of the  supremacy of the Eucharist over and above every aspect of our worship. The Second reading sees the one loaf (the Eucharistic bread) as a banquet of love,  fellowship and communion. The centre of our unity as Christians. We gather around the table of the Lord every day to share the bread of love and life. Thus, the Gospel reading said, “unless  you eat my body and drink my blood you have no life with me”. The Eucharist is the bread of eternal  life.

We are challenged today to go the extra mile in searching for and be worthy partakers of this food of eternal life; to give the highest respect and adoration to the sacrifice of the mass, and to remain in love and unity as members of the Eucharistic assembly.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.

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

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

Last Sunday’s Collections:  The 1st collection was £593.08p +  £295.10p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £888.18p.  The 2nd collection for Day-for-Life was £109.33p. Thank you for your generosity.

The proceeds of the 2nd collection today will be given to the Repair Fund of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Wonersh Seminary. (As you can see in the photographs on our notice boards, it is in dire need of some TLC).

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of baby Koby Leith Hinds, John Whelan and Winston Russell Burke.

Baby Koby Leith Hinds funeral will be on Friday 5th July at 12.45pm followed by Beckenham Crematorium at 2pm.

John Whelan’s funeral will be on Tuesday 2nd July at 11am. The body will be received on Monday 1st July at 4.30pm. 

Winston Russel Burke’s funeral will be on Friday 12th July at 11am.  The committal service will be at 12.45pm at the East Chapel at Croydon Crematorium.

Please also pray for the soul of Peter Gorman, late of this Parish and the son of Patricia and Nicholas. Peter Gorman died recently in Cape Town, South Africa following a short illness.

Our Eucharistic Ministers will be renewing their commitment at all masses this week-end.  

 Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.

Baptism Preparation: The next class (the second of two) will be on the 27th June.  Please note that both sessions must be attended. There will be no further baptism classes until September.

Confirmation 2020: Please complete an application form if you wish to be confirmed in 2020. The forms (red) are in the Narthex. Confirmation classes will be starting very soon.

Annual Parish Picnic: Thank you to all who came along, helped out or supported the Parish Picnic in any way last weekend. The rain stayed away and all who attended enjoyed themselves and had plenty of food and drink.

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 be next weekend, the 29th/30th June.

Annual Martyrs’ Walk: Please see the notice board for details of the Annual Martyrs’ Walk and other history walks in London (including an evening on Cardinal John Henry Newman).  The Annual Martyrs’ Walk is on the 23rd June and commemorates the heroes of the faith who witnessed even to their death.  The walk follows the route they took from Newgate Prison to their execution in Tyburn.

Jo Boyce and Friends Concert: A popular, catholic group from the North will be performing at St William of York Church, 4 Brockley Park, Forest Hill, London  SE23 1PS on Sunday 30th June at 6.30pm.  Tickets cost £6 in advance and £7 on the door. Local Ticketline: 07920 568380 or  Please also see the notice board.

Annual Day of Celebration for the Disabled: Southwark’s annual day of celebration for the disabled will be held on Sunday 7 July at The Friars, Aylesford 12-4pm.  People with disabilities and their carers from across the archdiocese and beyond are invited for a joyous day of prayer, art, music and fun. Archbishop Peter Smith will celebrate a memorial Mass for the recently deceased founder of L’Arche, Jean Vanier at 12 noon.  Mass is followed by a picnic in the grounds (please bring packed lunch).  Workshops will include a mini petting zoo with everything from hawks and snakes to giant cockroaches and skunks. The art workshop will explore the theme of the day with colourful displays and fun activities. Hone your circus skills with our entertainer Circus Rico!  The day is organised by the Centre for Catholic Formation and is free for all. If you have groups who work with the disabled in your parish or local area we’d love to see you there.

Summer Camps: Please see the notice board for details of children’s Summer Camps.

Chapel Challenge Appeal:St John’s Seminary, near Guildford, Surrey (which has been involved in the formation of priests for over 125 years) is looking for some help with the cost of re-decoration and refurbishment of its Chapel – dedicated to the Sacred Heart – which last received attention in the 1980s.  The Seminary operates on a very tight budget, and there are no funds available for this much-needed work, which will cost in the region of £350,000.  If you can help in any way, please send a cheque made payable to St John’s Seminary to: Mgr Gerald Ewing (Vice Rector), St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey  GU5 0QX.  It is also possible to donate by bank transfer, and to gift aid.  Email for further details.  Thank you so much!

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


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (23rd June—30th June 2019)  (Year: C)

Sunday                            23rd



(Saturday) ….






Deceased of the Coyle & Malone Families

George Loader  RIP

People of the Parish

Crean Family—Thanks for sharing our grief

Monday                            24th



Nativity of St John the Baptist




John Whelan  RIP

Tuesday                           25th








Thanks for Blessings Received

The Holy Souls

Wednesday                     26th






Leo Monteiro  RIP

Thursday                         27th








Esme & Clarence Crusz  RIP

Friday                               28th 



The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus




Arnold Alpin  RIP

Saturday                           29th



The Immaculate Heart of the BVM



Juan Valls  RIP

Sunday                              30th

                        (Saturday) ……










Sts  PETER and PAUL (C)


Mrs C Quantrill  (Ints.)

Stelmond Gerreyn  RIP

Leo Monteiro  RIP

People of the Parish

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St Anthony of Padua RC

Established in 1878, revived in 1927 & consecrated on 14th June 1950. We are a registered charity under the Archdiocese of Southwark with Parish Priest Father Sunith Nonis & Assistant Priest Father Stuart Meyer.



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