Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Mass Readings: Pages 158 – 160
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60
Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. When we think of a king we think of someone who is very remote from his people and lords it over them. But Christ is not like that. He lives among us and came not to rule but to serve. The best way to show our loyalty to him is by serving one another.
In Matthew’s scene of the last judgement, Christ is portrayed as stern King and judge. But this image shouldn’t be over-emphasised. Ezekiel (First Reading) has a gentler image—that of a good shepherd who, while caring for all the sheep in his flock, shows particular care for the weak and wounded ones. This was the image Christ himself used to describe his person and mission. And his followers show that they truly belong to his kingdom by their service of the little ones. Paul says that at the end time Christ will triumph over evil, the last evil being death.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the St. Vincent de Paul Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the Flower Arrangers.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £583.98p + £298.04p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 882.02p. The 2nd collection for the Archbishop’s Admin Fund was £127.87p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for the Catholic Youth Services.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Elizabeth Morrison and Lily Donohoe.
Elizabeth Morrison’s Requiem mass will be on Monday 27th November at 2pm.
Lily Donohoe’s body will be received into the church on Thursday 7th December at 4.30pm and the Requiem Mass will be on Friday 8th December at 12noon.
Baptism Preparation Classes: The next two (of three) classes will be on Monday the 27th November and the 4th December. It is important that you can attend ALL three classes. The next classes be in February 2018.
St Anthony’s Parish Christmas Fair: Please make a note that our Christmas Fair will be held next Saturday (2nd December). Please donate items in good condition. We are unable to take electrical items, second hand clothing or food.
The popular bottle stall will also need donations that are still in date. We will be collecting up until the date of the Fair. Thank you.
Christmas Hamper Draw: The Knights of St Columba will be selling tickets for the Christmas Hamper Draw after all masses. The draw will be held at the Christmas Fair.
Advent talk: Mark Nash, Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, will be in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm on the 5th December to give a talk on Advent.
Advent Course: Father Stuart’s Advent Course will begin on Wednesday 6th (National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham) and then the 13th December (The Inquisition) and Tuesday 19th December (St Augustine) at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank this weekend (25th/26th November). They will collect regularly on the last weekend of each month. Thank you for your donations.
Catholic Schools: Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need to make your voice heard. The government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.
The Passage: The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12pm (midday) Tues 28th November – 12pm Tues 5th December to support its work with homeless people this winter. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10). For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 75921855 email@example.com.
https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/27756 The maximum is £5,000 from any one person/body. It is not a limit per household but per person.
Mass for Community Sponsorship of Refugees: There will be a mass at 2.30pm on Saturday 2nd December at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Please see the notice board for further information.
Carols in the Park: At 3.00pm on Sunday December 3rd in Alexandra Recreation Ground, the Friends of Cator and Alexandra singing traditional carols accompanied by the wonderful Beckenham Concert Band. Afterwards there will be free mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies in the Holy Trinity Centre, Lennard Road. Plus: nibbles by Himalayan Kitchen, Penge Food Assembly stall, SE20 Art Group Christmas cards and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. See you there!
Parish Calendars: Calendars depicting all the Parish Stations of the Cross are now available from the repository, priced at £5 each.
Parish Diaries: Parish diaries are now available. Donations will be very appreciated.
Job Vacancy: St Anthony’s Primary School is seeking a caretaker. The successful candidate will have good spoken and written communication skills and will fully support the school’s ethos. Full details can be obtained from the school office on 020 8778 7681 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish:
Bridget McLaughlin, John Barry, Margaret Southwell, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.
Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (26th Nov—3rd Dec 2017) (Year: A)
Sunday 26th Christ the King (A) – Youth Sunday
(Saturday) 6:00pm M Lashley
9:30am Dec’d of the Monteiro & Alphonso Families
11:15am John Murray RIP
5:30pm People of the Parish
Monday 27th Feria
9:30am Bernie Kenny RIP
2:00pm Requiem Mass: Elizabeth Morrison RIP
Tuesday 28th Feria
9:30am John Christopher Murray RIP
7:00pm Salvatore Piazza RIP
Wednesday 29th Feria
9:30am Esme & Clarence Crusz RIP
Thursday 30th St Andrew, apostle & patron of Scotland
9:30am All Souls
Friday 1st Feria
9:30am Anthony Donohoe RIP
Saturday 2nd Feria
9:30am Ordination of Fr David Pearce
Sunday 3rd First Sunday of Advent (Year B)
(Saturday) 6:00pm John & Martin McManus RIP
9:30am Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
11:15am People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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