Parish Monthly Newsletter November 2021
Welcome to St. Anthony’s Church
¨ Please wear a face covering in Church.
¨ Please remember to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the Church.
¨ If you wish to receive Communion please stay in your pew and Father will come to you.
¨ To avoid cross contamination, please refrain from touching the statues.
¨ Please put your church donations into the donation boxes.
¨ The Church is cleaned after every Mass to avoid cross contamination. Please do assist with the cleaning after Mass if you are fit and able (speak to the Marshall about the cleaning regime).
¨ Please remember to switch off your mobile phone when you enter the Church
All Saints Sunday (B)
Today we celebrate All Saints. We include all those whom the Church has herself recognised as Saints from John the Baptist, through the Apostles and martyrs to a whole host whose names we know and whose feasts are marked by the Church, though not all are celebrated universally, and the very authenticity of dome is doubtful.
This known catalogue forms a varied pattern of example in style of life, ways of prayer and particular charisms that each one has. Much richness and witness flows to us from studying their lives and spirituality. It is possible that each individual person may have one or more saint whose life, example or teaching seems particularly apt and appealing for him or her. We also, of course, are many of us named after a saint, which gives an immediate affinity. Indeed in many countries it is a person’s “Saints’day” that is celebrated rather than a birthday.
The first reading of this feast is from the Apocalypse where John sees “a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nations, race, tribe and language.” This should underline for us that it is not only the well-known saints we are honouring, but also that vast crowd who have been converging on God’s heavenly Kingdom ever since creation. Alleluia! Praise God and the Lord for them.
And finally, we should not forget the early writings refer to all those belonging to the Church as saints. You and I are included in that number as we strive to live by Christ’s law and the Sacraments in his Church.
We want to encourage parishioners to return to Mass when you feel safe and confident to do so. We have removed most of the tapes so that more pews are available. We will keep other precautions in place for the time being – wearing face coverings, sanitising stations. The repository has also reopened.
Mass Times and Intentions:
Mass is celebrated from Monday to Saturday at 9.30am. Sunday Masses are at 6pm (Saturday evening), 9.30am, 11.15am and 5.30pm.
The parish website www.stanthonyofpaduaanerley.com, has details of the weekly Mass Intentions.
Adoration and benediction every Friday 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
In his recent pastoral letter, Archbishop John told us that the Church is beginning a journey of listening to the Lord and each other, starting now in parishes and moving towards a meeting of bishops in Rome in 2023. He invited us to take part in this journey. We will hold two meetings where you can learn more about this listening journey and share your thoughts. The meetings will be in the Parish Centre on Saturday 13 November from 10.30 to 12.00 and on Thursday 18 November from 7.30 to 9.00. You are warmly invited to come to one of these meetings.
We are invited to pray for the success of the Synod and our parish consultations. Dedicated prayer cards are available at the back of the church, please take one home with you.
The Parish Knights of St Columba have organised a quiz night on Friday 12th November at the Melvin Halls. Melvin Road SE20 8EU. Hall opens at 7.30 pm for an 8pm start. Licensed bar on the night. Admission £2.00 per person or £10.00 for a team of 6 maximum.
St. Anthony’s Bridge Club: Members required (beginners welcome) Mondays only (1.15 to 4.30pm). Weekly subscription £3 inc refreshments. Small friendly social club. Contact Bill on 0208 771 1876 or 07949871865.
Every other Sunday in the parish centre after the 9.30am mass.
The next date will be hosted by the Knights of St Columba on 7 November.
We kindly appeal to your generosity to add an extra pound to your donations to help the Church cope with rising gas prices.
We appreciate your continued care and support for our parish community, especially with the uncertainty and financial instability the pandemic has brought both households and parish.
Parishioners can contribute directly to the Parish bank account: Natwest Bank Beckenham Branch, sort code 60-02-12 and account number 46000208. Tax payers, please join the Gift Aid programme allowing our parish to increase the value of every donation it receives from tax payers by 25%. We value your assistance in maintaining our wonderful Parish community.
If you have a notice for the Parish Newsletter, please email it to the presbytery (firstname.lastname@example.org). Notices need to be emailed/posted by 6pm on Thursdays.
Local Food Bank:
Please help support families in need by contributing to the food bank held at neighbouring Christ Church, at the corner of Maple and Anerley Roads. Food donations are collected on Fridays only. If you would like to donate then please leave your donations at the back of the Church. The Parish received a thank you card from Christ Church with New Year blessings.
Those who continue to steward at Mass, clean the Church, read at Mass, arrange flowers, or help in the background, are thanked for their generous help, especially in these difficult times.
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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