Fourth Sunday of Easter (C)
Mass Readings: 268 – 271
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
There is a variety of people now serving in parishes and other church organisations, some with full-time jobs, others part-time. Some are married, some single, all are lay people. They will bring their training and their personal qualities to their ministry, and join teams of priests, religious and laity working in the parishes already. Some parishes already have full time or part time lay assistants, apart from the voluntary services provided by so many laity for years now. This new venture, as well as the preparations for the permanent diaconate, invites us to consider the meaning of vocation in the church.
The prime vocation within the church is to loving service. Men and women being there for others. Baptism calls us all into the vocation of a loving service to the Christian community. For some this will be in a public, full-time service within the parishes as lay pastoral assistants, or in schools, hospitals and prisons as chaplains.
Looking ahead we know that the number of priests will be less in future years. There will be a shortage of full time people, and eventually we will find ourselves in parishes where the parish administrator or leader is a lay person, male or female. Priests will be part of this team, but not necessarily leaders, just as in many religious schools, priests, nuns and brothers work in the school and are not necessarily leaders. This is sharing in the ministry of the risen Christ, announcers of the Easter message in many ways.
Vocation Sunday reminds us of the different callings within the church. We pray sincerely for new ways to engage ourselves in the ministry of the risen Jesus Christ.
This Sunday 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 £396.18p + £315.20p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £711.38p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £88.04p. Thank you for your generosity.
The 2nd collection today is for Ecclesiastical Education.
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.
Baptism Preparation: Classes will begin on 16th and 23rd May at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (no. 4 Genoa Road). Please note that it is important to attend all three classes.
Stations of the Resurrection: Copies are available in the Repository. They are very well written and are a good, spiritual read.
Spirituality and Reflection: Once a month, we are going to show a series of DVDs for personal growth. The first film will be screened this Tuesday 14th May at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. The film will last approximately one hour. All are welcome.
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)
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.
CYM Bromley Deanery: Day of Recollection at Aylesford Priory, Sunday May 12th. For all youth ministers and anyone interested in becoming involved in working with young people in Bromley deanery parishes, you are warmly invited to attend a ‘Day of Recollection’ led by Deacon Wayne of Holy Innocents’ parish, Orpington. Joining other parishioners and those involved in ministry across the deanery, this event provides a much needed opportunity for spiritual reflection, discussion and collaboration. Taking place at Aylesford Priory from 9.45 am to 4.30pm, the programme for the day includes a buffet lunch and the celebration of Mass. There is a suggested non-compulsory donation of £12 towards the cost, to be donated on the day. For queries and to reserve a place email: email@example.com a.s.a.p.
Easter Sing Along: On Saturday 18th May from 7 – 11pm, there will be an Easter Sing Along (group karaoke style) with International Food and Music in the Church Hall of Saint Margaret Clitherow, 22 Dulwich Wood Park, Dulwich, London SE19 1HL. Adult: £10, Under 18: £5, Under 10: free. Organised by KSC Norwood. Please see the poster on the notice board.
Fundraiser Quiz Night: On Saturday 18th May there will be a quiz night (supporting Bromley Relief in Need) at Bromley Parish Church, Church Road, Bromley BR2 0EG. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also see the notice board.
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
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Whelan, John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (12th May—19th May 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 12th||FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)|
|Olga Madden RIP
People of the Parish
Thomas Faye RIP
John Lobo RIP
|9:30am||Thanksgiving & Ints Reine Hatunga|
|Tuesday 14th||St Matthias, apostle|
|The Holy Souls
|9:30am||Fr Alexander Fraser RIP|
|Thursday 16th||St Simon Stock|
|9:30am||Thanksgiving for Healing|
|9:30am||Patrick McNamara RIP|
|9:30am||Tom Kenny RIP|
|FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
People of the Parish
Maurine Elizabeth Mitchell
Mr & Mrs Okonji RIP
Carlton Andre Pope RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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