Mass Readings: Pages 99 – 101
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60
St. Matthew begins today’s collection of Jesus’ sayings with our Lord’s observation that humble folk were God’s kind of people; Jesus the carpenter was one of them. The message, of a piece with Older Covenant tradition, does not condemn intellectual pursuit or achievement. No, intellectual pursuit is praiseworthy, and our Church community needs more of it. What Jesus is condemning is intellectual pride. He is not connecting faith and ignorance, but faith and lowliness: this lowliness consisting of simplicity, openness, and trust—the kinds of virtue we observe in a child. Jesus is saying that it is not by understanding alone that one accepts his message, but by divine revelation. That revelation is not denied to so called ‘wise and the learned’ people—provided they are at the same time humble, open and trusting.
The heart of Jesus’ message is ‘Come to me’ – a call to a personal relationship. The shift from ‘Keep the law’ to ‘Come to me’ is a significant one. A religion in which is experienced only an adherence to legalistic impersonal norms and not as a joyful life-giving relationship with the Author of life is false. In coming to the person of Jesus, we discover that far from being burdened we are liberated.
For us, the best of what’s normal is Christ. He, the Son of God, became one with the best of what’s truly human. He invites us to come to him. To see if we are capable of living the life of the spirit with him, we can test ourselves on the degree to which we have overcome intellectual pride, and on whether we have acquired the humility, openness, and childlike trust that Jesus practised and loved.
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 Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £499.48p + £327.01p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £826.49p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £73.46p. Thank you for your generosity. The 2nd collection today is for The Apostleship of the Sea (which supports seafarers worldwide).
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Arthur Donnolley who died recently. Arthur attended mass daily here in St Anthony’s. Details of the funeral are to be confirmed.
Baptism Preparation: Please note, the remaining two Baptism preparation classes will be on Thursdays 13th and 20th July at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
First Holy Communion: If your child would like to make their First Holy Communion then please complete an application form (available from the catechists).
RCIA: If you are an adult who would like to become a Catholic or/and you would like to receive the sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation then please complete an RCIA form (forms are in the Narthex).
Parish picnic: The Parish picnic will be this weekend (Sunday 9th July) from 12.30 to 3 pm – please come along to share some food and drink and to meet old and new friends. This is a great way for us to get to know each other better. If you would like to help out, please phone or email the presbytery or speak to a member of the Parish pastoral council.
Crying Babies and Young Children: If your baby or young child is crying during the Mass please do use the confessional box instead of leaving the Church. We have now installed a monitor inside the confessional box which means parents and carers are able to watch the Mass from inside the confessional box.
Days of Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers: The Emmaus Centre will be holding 2 more Days of Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers. The dates are Saturdays 2nd September and Wednesday 12th July. If you would like to attend one of the days then please contact the Emmaus Centre on 020 8777 2000.
CAFOD Talk: Father Peter Hughes is a missionary based in Peru. He will be holding a talk – Response of the Church in Latin America to Pope Francis’ Call. The talk will be at the Church of St Edmund of Canterbury Parish Hall (opposite the church), 20 Village Way, Beckenham, Kent on Thursday 13th July from 7 – 9pm. Please see the notice board for further details.
St Christopher’s Hospice 50th Anniversary Service at Southwark Cathedral, July 20th at 7pm: St Christopher’s Hospice celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and part of that celebration is a service at Southwark Cathedral. If you are interested in attending then send a SAE, together with a note of whether they would like one or two tickets to Southwark50@stchristophers.org.uk or write to Southwark50 Service, St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham SE26 6DZ.
The Passage Garden Party: The Passage helping homeless people. There will be a Garden Party in aid of The Passage in the historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 21 July 2017 from 6.00 p.m. Visit the oldest cultivated garden in England with a back drop of the Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Tickets £40 from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL tel. 020 7592 1856 email email@example.com which includes buffet supper, wine, soft drinks, live music and a prize raffle. Tickets are also available through passage-garden-party.eventbrite.co.uk
Divine Mercy Retreat: Saturday 12th August from 11am until 4pm at St John Fisher Church, 2017 Cannon Hill Lane, Merton, London SW20 9DB. Please see the noticeboard for more information or contact the Marian Fathers on 89980925 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Anthony’s Parish Annual Pilgrimage: This year’s pilgrimage will be to the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate on Saturday 23rd September. The cost is £18 and bookings for seats will begin next weekend (15th/16th July) after all masses. All those who are intending to come along should note an 8.30am prompt start.
Centre for Catholic Formation Courses: Please see the notice board for courses in Liturgy, Canon Law and the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. Please also see their website www.ccftootingbec.org.uk or contact them directly on 020 8672 7684 for further information.
Job Vacancy: Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School are seeking an Art Teacher. Please see their website for further details and the application form. The closing date is 10th July. Website: www.virgofidelis.org.uk
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Bridget McLaughlin, Ellen Garvey, John Barry, Margaret Southwell, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.
Please remember to switch off your phone.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (9th –16th July 2017) (Year: A)
|Sunday 9th||Fourteenth Sunday (A) <Sea Sunday>|
|Intentions of Aimee Doody
Charlotte Farnon RIP
John & Mary Hayes RIP
People of the Parish
|9:30am||Elvira Jones RIP|
|Tuesday 11th||St Benedict|
|John Lobo RIP
Intentions of Maureen Apicella
|9:30am||Peggy O’Brien RIP|
|The Holy Souls|
|9:30am||John Lobo RIP|
|Saturday 15th||St Bonaventure|
|9:30am||Charlotte Farnon RIP|
Fifteenth Sunday (A)
Our Lady and All the Saints
People of the Parish
March 17 @ 11:00 am
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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