Parish Monthly Newsletter September 2023



Parish Monthly Newsletter September 2023

Welcome to St. Anthony’s Church

We kindly ask that you respect our Parish Church guidance:

¨ Please turn off your mobile phone when you enter the Church.

¨ Please remember that many parishioners like to pray before/after the mass so please be respectful and keep talking/noise to a minimum.

¨ People displaying any symptoms of Covid should stay at home and not travel to church or participate in person.

¨ Hand sanitiser is available near the entrances to the Church.

¨ The use of face masks is a personal choice.

¨ Holy Communion can now be received on the tongue or on the hand and The Sign of Peace can now be carried out with handshakes (if you so wish).

Mass times:

Mondays to Saturdays: 9.30am (and 7.30pm on Tuesdays);

Sunday Masses: 6pm (Saturday evenings); 9.30am; 11.15am and 5.30pm.

Every Friday at 7:30pm: Adoration and Benediction.

Please note that after week day masses The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for 30 minutes so that parishioners can pray for world peace.

The parish website has details of the weekly Mass Intentions.


Annual Parish Pilgrimage 

Date: Saturday 9th September

Time: Departing by coach at 9.00am sharp from St Anthony’s church and returning for approx 4.00pm.

Stop 1: Visit to St Frances De Sales church. Hartley, Longfield DA3 8BL. This is the only thatched church in the diocese and contains beautiful artwork. Here we will have Mass celebrated for us before departing.

Stop 2: Aylesford Priory: The Friars, Aylesford ME20 7BX. We will arrive around 12.30pm before spending the the next few hours exploring the site. There are breath taking grounds and stunning medieval buildings, enjoyable walks down the Peace Garden and Rosary Way and you can even feed the ducks on the pond. If you love history then the priory won’t disappoint and you won’t regret spending time experiencing the amazing work of art by Polish artist Adam Kossowski and the local artisans at work in the pottery.

For some religious inspiration or some quiet space you can visit the chapels ranging from the simple, medieval Cloister Chapel to the awe inspiring St Joseph’s Chapel. And when all the exploring is over and you’re hungry, pop into the Tea Room for the home-made cakes and snacks.

Price is £30 per person to include coach travel and gift contributions at the two sites. Spaces are limited so please book up as soon as you can at the end of masses or contact Michael on 07931991605.

3rd September: The Knights of St Columba

10th September: The Parish Pastoral Council

17th September: The Union of Catholic Mothers

Macmillan Coffee Morning: The UCM will be holding the annual Macmillan Coffee morning/cake sale in aid of Macmillan on Sunday 1st October after the 9.30am mass.

First Holy Communion 2024: Please note that application forms for the sacrament of First Holy Communion are now available at the Church entrance.  If your child is 8 years old or in Year 3 and you would like them to receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion next year then please complete a form and return it to Father Sunith.

Confirmation 2024: If you would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation then please complete an application form (available in the Church entrance)and return it to Father Sunith as soon as possible.

Choir Practice for 9.30 Sunday Mass: There will be a choir practice from 3-4pm at the Church on Sunday 17th September.  All are welcome.

UCM Meeting: On Monday 18th September at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.  There will be a visiting speaker from CAFOD.  All are welcome.

Southwark Justice and Peace Commission Autumn Assembly: 23rd September 2023 at St Edmund Catholic Church, Beckenham.  Mass 10am continuing 10.20am in the parish hall.  Entitled ‘The Right to Stay: Free to Choose’Entrance free. Lunch provided.  Everyone welcome. Keynote speaker Bishop Paul McAleenan. To reserve a place email

Service for Survivors: There will be a Service of Acknowledgement, Reflection and Prayer for those that have been harmed by Abuse and for those that work with or support those that have been harmed.  The Service will be led by Archbishop John Wilson at St George’s Cathedral on Wednesday 27th September at 6.30pm. Please see the poster on the notice board for further information.

Gift Aid Envelopes: Please collect your box from the back of the Church.  Please note that if you are a basic rate UK tax payer, and are not yet a member of the Gift Aid Scheme, completing a Gift Aid envelope (at the back of the Church) will help to support the Church even further.  Donating through Gift Aid means that the Church can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give.  It will not cost you any extra.

Financial Support: We appreciate your continued care and support for our parish Community.  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.  Please note that the name of the Parish Bank Account is RCAS St Anthony of Padua Anerley. 

Diocesan Day for Catechists – 30th September 2023 – Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis: The Diocesan Day for Catechists will take place at the Amigo Hall and St George’s Cathedral on Saturday 30th September.  Places to be booked online at Please let Father Sunith know before booking your place.

Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon in Aid of the Passage on Sunday 8th October: This stunning autumnal route showcases the iconic sites of London through four Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park.  Run past some of the capital’s most historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. Although undulating in parts, the course is not hilly and is great for both experienced and first-time half marathon runners.  Registration fee is £20 and the Fundraising goal is £300.  All money raised will go towards supporting those currently experiencing or threatened by street homelessness so that we can end homelessness for good.  Sign up here:

“Promoting Racial and Cultural Inclusion in Our Parishes, Schools and Communities”. This seminar will take place at the Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, from 9.30am to 4.00pm on Saturday 28th October 2023. You are all welcome to this archdiocesan initiative by the Commission for Promoting Racial and Cultural Inclusion chaired by Canon Victor Darlington, Episcopal Vicar for the Southeast. On the day there will be contributions from a range of speakers, including the Most Reverend John Wilson, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Southwark. For more information and registration, please use this link or scan the QR Code above.  For more information write us: Please join us for a stimulating and hope-filled day of discussion. Registration is FREE.

Notice Board: Please take time to read the latest information on the notice boards.

If you would like to book a Mass, there are envelopes at the back of the church.  At present, there are plenty of dates available.


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