Fifth Sunday of Easter (C)
Mass Readings: 271 – 273
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
Throughout the Easter season, the readings can lead us to meditate upon various aspects of Christian life understood in light of the resurrection. The events surrounding the birth of new Christian communities described in Acts, for example, illustrate some essential elements of life in the Spirit of the Resurrected Christ. These communities are founded on the preaching of the apostles, and are continually encouraged by them. They are structured communities of faith and prayer, helped by people such as the elders mentioned in today’s reading. And the life of these communities is marked by love and joy and the attraction of new members.
The readings from the book of Revelation in this season can likewise be seen as mediations on Easter themes in the Christian life. In these readings, we have been introduced to a living Christ who stands at the centre of all things in heaven and on earth, the Easter Christ – bearing marks of his passion, yet reigning and receiving the worship of the whole universe. In these readings we have seen the destiny of those who persevere in faith, they are clothed in white, delivered from sorrow, shepherd by the lamb, and refreshed with streams of water.
Today’s gospel reading is from the farewell discourse that Jesus makes to his disciples once the train of events leading to his crucifixion has begun. Yet as Jesus speaks, it becomes clear that the evangelist has told the story in such a way that we do not merely hear the earthly Jesus speaking to band of followers, but we hear the resurrected Lord speaking to his disciples through all the ages. Where the synoptic gospels place the account of the institution of the Eucharist as the memorial of Jesus, John’s gospel situates Jesus’ new commandment Love one another. The command to love is made specific: the disciples’ love must be like the love that the exalted Jesus bears for them. Thus, their love becomes a memorial and a sign of Jesus, even as the Eucharist is celebrated to imitation of and in memory of Jesus, it is the way that all will know that these are his disciples.
This Sunday teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £393.49p + £456.50p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £849.99p. The 2nd collection for Ecclesiastical Education was £94.09p. Thank you for your generosity. The 2nd collection today is for Parish Funds.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Eamonn Crean. There will be a Requiem Mass on Friday 31st May at 11am. May his soul rest in peace.
Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.
Holy Communion Classes: The next dates are Saturday 18th May from 10.30am – 11.30am in the Parish Centre and then Wednesday 22nd May at 6.30pm in the Church. On Saturday 25th May the children will be receiving their First Holy Communion. Children will go to the Parish Centre at 10.30am, followed by the Mass in the Church at 11am.
Please pray for: Carla, Chinelo, Darren, Ethan, Keira, Michael M, Michael N, Meron, Paul, Peter, Princess, Tyler, Tyrell, Holy King Vwegba. All of them will be receiving their First Holy Communion next Saturday.
Baptism Preparation: Classes will continue on 23rd May at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (no. 4 Genoa Road). Please note that it is important to attend all the classes.
Stations of the Resurrection: Copies are available in the Repository. They are very well written and are a good, spiritual read.
Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary?: If so, you are invited to St George’s Cathedral at 3pm on Saturday 13th July for a special Mass celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony, with refreshments afterwards. Places are limited so make sure of your personal invitation from Archbishop Peter Smith by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to know your full names, address, phone number, parish and the special anniversary you are celebrating this year: anyone celebrating their 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+ qualifies. Close family are welcome to come with you. The closing date is 10th June.
Knights of St Columba Food Bank: The Knights will be collecting for the Food Bank next weekend (25th/26th May). All donations gratefully received. Thank you.
Vocations Weekend for Young Women: On the 24th – 26th May in Liverpool, there will be a vocations weekend for young women. The theme is Discernment and Vocation. The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). There is nothing quite like religious life – it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God. If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at email@example.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org
Events at the House of Prayer in East Molesey: The Wisdom of Love in the Song of Songs: Monday 27 (Bank Holiday) – Friday 31 May; Led by Stefan Gillow Reynolds; Cost: £320.00. The Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon, is the greatest poem in the Bible and many feel the most sublime poem ever written. The retreat will focus on the different levels of meaning in the Song, uncovering the story behind it but also seeing how it can speak to us today. Two aspects of life in particular are illumined by the Song: relations with those we love and contemplation of God. Arrive on Monday in time for supper at 6.00 pm and leave on Friday at 4.00 pm. To book, please contact us on: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marriage Help – Retrouvaille: has helped tens of thousands of couples at all stages of disillusionment or misery in their marriage. This programme can help you too. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about Retrouvaille or to register for the next programme commencing with a residential weekend on 7th – 9th June 2019. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or Email email@example.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Gift Aid Envelopes: Please collect your new boxed sets of envelopes for use from June 2019 which are at the back of the church. If you cannot find your box, or if you require a box, please tell one of the priests and we will sort it out.
Thank you for your continued support. (Noel Maloney, gift-aid scheme organizer)
General Security: For reasons of church security please do not leave anything in the narthex without permission from Fr Sunith. If you see anything that looks suspicious, please tell one of the priests.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Whelan, John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
Please note that we no longer accept any ink or printer cartridges for recycling. Thank you.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (19th May—26th May 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 19th||FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)|
|People of the Parish
Maurine Elizabet6h Mitchell
Mr & Mrs Okonji RIP
Carlton Andre Pope RIP
|9:30am||Wellbeing of Revd. Leon Carberry|
|Wellbeing of Sr Aelred OSB
Thanksgiving for Blessings Received
|9:30am||Desmond Fortes RIP|
|9:30am||George Loader RIP|
|9:30am||Elisabeth Dako (Birthdate Thanksgiving)|
|Saturday 25th||St Bede the Venerable|
|9:30am||Nora & Michael Sparrow RIP|
|SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
Timothy Looby RIP
People of the Parish
Patrick McNamara RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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