First Sunday of Lent (C)


First Sunday of Lent (C)

Mass Readings: 153 – 156

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60

First Reading:  an early creed or confession of faith, recalling the rescuing of the people of God in the Exodus.  The ‘wandering Aramaean’ refers to Jacob.

Psalm: this is a rare occasion when the psalm refers to the Gospel, not the First Reading.  The devil sneakily quotes it in the third temptation!

Second Reading:  we comply with St Paul’s exhortation that our lips should ‘confess that Jesus is the Lord’ during the ‘Lord, have mercy’ (the ‘Kyrie, eleison’) at Mass.

Gospel:  Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness for forty days.  Pope Benedict XVI wrote that at the heart of these temptations “is the act of pushing God aside because we perceive him as secondary, if not actually superfluous and annoying, in comparison with all the apparently far more urgent matters that fill our lives”.

Sunday Teas:

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

Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.

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

Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £523.14p + £274.50p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £797.64p. The 2nd collection for Poor Parishes was  £106.04p. Thank you for your generosity.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Elaine Mitchell and Joe Fryday and Sylvia Virginia Matthews.

Elaine Mitchell’s funeral will be at 12noon on Thursday 21st March followed by the burial at 1.30pm at West Norwood Cemetery.

The funeral of Joe Fryday will be on Tuesday 26th March at 11am followed by the burial at Beckenham Cemetery at 12.30pm. The body of Joseph Fryday will be received into the Church on Monday 25th March at 4pm.

Sylvia Matthews funeral service will be at West Norwood crematorium at 2pm.

May their souls 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.

Baptism Preparation: The next two classes will be on Thursdays, the 14th and 21st March at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.  Please ensure that you can attend all of the classes.

Missio: Please bring your red Missio boxes in for counting.  Make sure your name is clearly labelled on the box and hand it to the clergy.  Thank you.

Holy Communion Classes: The next dates are on Saturdays 16th and 30th March at 10.30 – 11.30am in the Parish Centre.

Stations of the Cross:  Stations of the Cross will be on Wednesdays after the 9.30am Mass, Fridays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 4.00pm.

Wednesdays during Lent: Father Stuart’s Lent Films begin this Wednesday (13th March) with the history of the Church in Wales from the early beginning to the present day.

Catholic History Walks: Please see the notice board for details of the next Catholic History Walks or visit

Easter Prayers: Please pray for Idalina Milhano and Sandra Ohene who are both about to embark on their spiritual journey in the Catholic faith.  Idalina will be receiving her First Holy Communion and her Confirmation at the Easter Mass.  Sandra will be being baptised, receiving her First Holy Communion and her Confirmation at the Easter Mass.


Events at the House of Prayer in East Molesey:

From No-thing to Something; from Something to Nothing (Part 1), Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March, Led by: Briji Waterfield, Cost: £160.00  Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm  All things come from God and all things return to God.  This flow – the great cosmic and mystical vision that underpins the Christian mystical journey – will be explored through some of the greatest Christian mystics: Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite, Richard St Victor and Eckhart.  This vision impacts how we live and how we find meaning and purpose as human beings.  Our time together will be spent in study and discussions, quiet reflection and regular periods of silent meditation.  This is Part 1 of two linked week-ends.  Part 2 will be held in October.  Book for both or one!  To book, please contact us on:  020 8941 2313 or e-mail:

Lent Quiet Morning: Finding the Treasure, Saturday, 23 March, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm,  Led by: Sr Melanie,  Cost: Donation  We each hold the unique treasure of God’s personal love for us, although sometimes we may doubt and feel discouraged.  But the treasure is there.  This morning of prayer and reflection is an opportunity to draw near to this Loving God.  To book, please contact us on: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail:

Lent Extra 2019 – Copies of Lent Extra 2019: Your Journey to Easter and Beyond are available in the Repository.  Please take a look.

Easter Cards: Please take a look at our selection of Easter cards, now available in the Repository.

Annual Parish Quiz: The Knights of St Columba have organised the Annual Parish Quiz for the evening of Friday 26th April at Melvin Halls, Melvin Road, SE20.  Please put that date in the diary and further information will be provided nearer the time.

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


Please see the notice board for the latest job vacancies.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (10th Mar—17th Mar 2019)  (Year: C)


Sunday                             10th     FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (C)


(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  Maurice Kiernan  RIP

John & Mary Hayes  RIP

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

People of the Parish


Monday                            11th     Feria
     9:30am   Henry & Elizabeth Wise
Tuesday                           12th     Feria




  Alexander & Elisa Pereira  RIP

Oswald D’Souza  RIP

Wednesday                      13th     Feria


  John Lenden (Int.)
Thursday                         14th     Feria
  9:30am   Pat Ruddy  RIP
Friday                               15th     Feria




  Vinnie & Natasha Durkan (Ints.)
Saturday                           16th     Feria
  9:30am    Joseph Ibe (Thanks & Special Ints.)
Sunday                              17th


(Saturday) ….                     










Michael Hutson  & Priscilla Burke  RIP

People of the Parish

Andrija Dolenetz

Noel & Muriel D’Mello  RIP

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St Anthony’s Primary School

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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