Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (C)
Mass Readings: 184 – 197
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
Palm Sunday This Weekend—Palm Sunday—we witness Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, with shouts of Hosanna and acclamation from the crowd. In the minds and hearts of the crowd this was the beginning of restoring the worldly power of the kingdom of Israel, oppressed as the kingdom was by the occupying forces of Rome. Jesus rejects this and goes off out of the city to stay with friends and then teaches daily in the Temple until the time of the Last Supper and his arrest comes. In this world, the whole thrust and push and educational drive is supposed to be towards achievement and success. As Christians there is a very real dilemma here—are we not meant to use our talents, to work for success, power? By sharing the experience of hearing the triumphal entry and Christ’s rejection of that worldly conquest, our own worldly aims and ambitions are given a different colouring. By sharing the reading of the Passion story, the awfulness, the horror of the cruelty of those created out of God’s love is highlighted. We can ponder, also, the injustice so widely spread around the world at this time.
On Maundy Thursday, we enter into Christ’s loving service and self-giving both in the washing of the feet and in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Here we have Jesus’ two great acts of love; he washes the feet of his disciples in humility and service, urging them to follow his example, and then he anticipates his own death by giving bread and wine to his disciples saying ‘this is my body’ and ‘this is the cup of my blood’. There is so much depth, beauty and love in this celebration, everyone should do their very best to join the community of love and receive his gift of himself in Holy Communion. Please respond to his call.
Good Friday provides the opportunity for us to centre on the Cross. The solemnity and sadness should be as tangible to us as it is when we are bereaved—it should go really deep into our consciousness and our unconscious. This should be truly a day of prayer, fasting, and giving alms in communion with the sorrowfully beautiful celebration. There are many ways of meditating on the meaning of Good Friday for us. I want this time to meditate on the Cross, for it is the Cross which we acknowledge and venerate in a central way during the afternoon liturgy. On this day of all days and at this time, it takes little imagination to picture the sense of abandonment, horror, pain, fear and almost despair in the minds, hearts and whole being of Mary, John, Mary Magdalene and all those who witnessed Jesus’ death. Although Jesus had told them what was going to happen, it did not seem to give them the consolation of being able to say to each other ‘Yes, but it is only to be three days and he will rise again.’ I expect each of us has experienced some kind of desolation in our lives when we say that the bottom has dropped out of our world. I believe, then, that it is really vital for us to experience desolation on Good Friday—feeling that emptiness of life without Jesus Christ.
On Holy Saturday we go into the darkness to emerge in the light of Christ in a most lovely and moving celebration. You must not miss this. It is a wonderful occasion for our personal and collective renewal in Christ. On this night, also we shall have the joy of welcoming new members to our parish community. I would like to highlight two parts of this wonderful liturgy, that of Baptism and the Eucharist.
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 £530.91p + £320.00p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £850.91p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £78.16p. The 2nd collection this week will be for Easter flowers. Thank you for your generosity.
24 Hours with The Lord: Come and spend an hour with the Lord between 10pm on Maundy Thursday to 10pm on Good Friday. After evening mass on Maundy Thursday the Church will be left open for parishioners to ‘watch and pray’ until 10pm on Good Friday. For safeguarding, there will be parishioners in the Church throughout these hours. Please see the rota at the back of the Church on the Parish Council notice board.
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 date is Saturday 4th May from 10.30am – 11.30am in the Parish Centre.
Stations of the Cross: This week the Stations of the Cross will be on Palm Sunday at 4.00pm and on Good Friday at 11am (Family) and 7.30pm.
Stations of the Cross booklets are now available in the Repository.
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 receive her First Holy Communion and her Confirmation at the Easter Mass. Sandra will be baptised and receive her First Holy Communion and her Confirmation at the Easter Mass.
Lent Extra 2019 – Copies of Lent Extra 2019: Your Journey to Easter and Beyond are available in the Repository. Please take a look.
Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne for young Adults (20s and 30s): From Wednesday 24th April to Sunday 28th April 2019 there will be a time to walk along part of St.Cuthbert’s way, reflect and pray with other young adults and spend time on the beautiful island of Lindisfarne. Accommodation is in a basic bunkhouse near St Cuthbert’s cave. Cost – £85 to cover food and accommodation. For more information email email@example.com or find us on facebook (FCJ Young Adult Network)
Alpha Course: There will be an Alpha Course held at SS Joseph and Swithun Parishfrom 1st May to 10th July. Sessions will be held at St Josephs Parish Hall from 7.30—9.30pm. Contact Andrew Yacoub at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Crosby at email@example.com and visit alpha.org/catholic-context/home. 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.
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. Dr Gillow Reynolds will facilitate an engaged encounter with the poem, with periods of meditation and chances for creative practice, developing our own creativity and enjoyment of the art and literature that the Song has inspired through the ages. 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or email email@example.com or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Easter Cards: Please take a look at our selection of Easter cards, now available in the Repository.
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.
Father Sunith and Father Stuart would like to wish you all a safe, happy and holy Easter.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (14th April—21st April 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 14th||Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord|
|People of the Parish
Fr Tim Buckley RIP
Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
Jean & Warren Willis RIP
|Monday 15th||Monday of Holy Week|
|9:30am||Brigid & Moira Durkan RIP|
|Tuesday 16th||Tuesday of Holy Week|
|Esther Chukumah (Thanks & Special Ints.)
DeLorraine & Stacey Pereira RIP
|Wednesday 17th||Wednesday of Holy Week|
|No Morning Mass
Chrism Mass in St George’s Cathedral
|Thursday 18th||MAUNDY THURSDAY|
|No Morning Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper , followed by
Watching at the Altar of Repose
|Friday 19th||FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD|
| (Day of Fasting & Abstinence)
|Family Stations of the Cross
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death
Stations of the Cross
|Saturday 20th||Holy Saturday|
|No Morning Mass
Easter Vigil & 1st Mass of Easter
|EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION
Christopher Alaneme RIP
Lewis & Sepha BritoBabapulle (Wedding Anniv)
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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