Second Sunday of Lent (C)
Mass Readings: 156 – 159
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
It was the 2nd March 2019 FLAME. I was a little apprehensive and I wasn’t sure what the feelings were; but there was excitement, exhilaration and anticipation all at once as we were waiting for the rest of the groups from the Bromley deanery to join us at St Joseph’s Church in Bromley.
I have never witnessed or attended any huge gathering of this magnitude before, hence my apprehensiveness. When it was announced that the crowd was over 8000+ people in a massive national stadium it was struck with awe.
The trip took about 2hrs when we got there the Wembley Arena. As the venue was filling up, we took our seats close to group leader Susan. The program began with loud roaring music as the day continued there was liturgy and prayers said. We sang hymns and listened to various choirs and drumming. The theme of the concert was ‘SIGNIFICANCE’ which had a very powerful message that was being conveyed. Significance is defined as “Worthy of Attention,” This was to inspire all the young generation of people at the concert to know that they have a purpose and meaningful life and are the future.
The atmosphere was spiritually charged and stimulating. There were inspirational guest speakers, Gunva B, Emmma Borquaye and Jean Vanier to name a few. However, the highlight of the event was one speaker from Dallas Texas Robert Madu who gave one of the most exhilarating, encouraging but comedic speeches that resonated with everyone in the crowd. He made everyone laugh and wanted more of his revitalizing jokes.
The was also hymns singing influence by Tim Hughes guided by Archbishop Eamon Martin. The music was very deafening but enjoyable at the same time, of course, I wasn’t familiar with all the songs but enjoyed every moment of this spirit-filled event. The atmosphere was convivial, awesome with unforgettable memories. The day was over all exciting and I would definitely recommend it to everyone to go and experience this uplifting and motivating event.
The privilege of being able to participate in this event is such a euphoria that will stay with me forever.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £554.21p + £976.20p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £1530.41p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £46.16p. Thank you for your generosity.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Elaine Mitchell, Joe Fryday, Sylvia Virginia Matthews and William O’Brien.
Elaine Mitchell’s funeral will be at 12noon on Thursday 21st March followed by the burial at 1.30pm at West Norwood Cemetery.
The funeral of Joe Fryday will be on Tuesday 26th March at 11am followed by the burial at Beckenham Cemetery at 12.30pm. The body of Joseph Fryday will be received into the Church on Monday 25th March at 4pm.
Sylvia Matthews’ funeral service will be at West Norwood crematorium on Wednesday 27th March at 2pm.
William O’Brien’s body will be received into the Church on Thursday 4th April at 4.30pm and the funeral will be on Friday 5th April at 10.30am.
May their souls rest in peace.
Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.
Baptism Preparation: The final class will be on Thursdays 21st March at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Missio: Please bring your red Missio boxes in for counting. Make sure your name is clearly labelled on the box and hand it to the clergy. Thank you.
Holy Communion Classes: The next date is Saturday 30th March at 10.30 – 11.30am in the Parish Centre.
Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be on Wednesdays after the 9.30am Mass, Fridays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 4.00pm.
Wednesdays during Lent: Father Stuart’s Lent Films continue this Wednesday (20th March) with a film on the Holy Land.
UCM: There will be a St Patrick’s UCM meeting this Monday (18th March) at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre with Irish food and drink. All are welcome.
Catholic History Walks: Please see the notice board for details of the next Catholic History Walks or visit www.catholichistorywalks.com.
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 be receiving her First Holy Communion and her Confirmation at the Easter Mass. Sandra will be being baptised, receiving her First Holy Communion and her Confirmation at the Easter Mass.
Events at the House of Prayer in East Molesey:
Lent Quiet Morning: Finding the Treasure, Saturday, 23 March, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm, Led by: Sr Melanie, Cost: Donation This morning of prayer and reflection is an opportunity to draw near to this Loving God. To book, please contact us on: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail: email@example.com
Finding Meaning in the Margins; Saturday, 30 March, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Led by: Chris Bemrose and Mike Mullins Suggested donation: £25.00 – Please bring a packed lunch. A day exploring the transformative power of the margins. What aspects of ourselves do we – consciously or unconsciously – marginalise within us? How can we integrate those parts so as to become more whole? How are we challenged and changed by those on the margins? Where is God revealed in the margins? We will draw on our own experience, individual reflection, small groups, prose, poetry and the arts. To book, please contact us on: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lent Retreat: The Grace of Emptiness; Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April Led by: The House of Prayer Community Cost: £160.00 Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm; An opportunity to listen more deeply to God’s personal call. This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat.
To book, please contact us on: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail: email@example.com
Lent Extra 2019 – Copies of Lent Extra 2019: Your Journey to Easter and Beyond are available in the Repository. Please take a look.
Easter Cards: Please take a look at our selection of Easter cards, now available in the Repository.
Annual Parish Quiz: The Knights of St Columba have organised the Annual Parish Quiz for the evening of Friday 26th April at Melvin Halls, Melvin Road, SE20. Please put that date in the diary and further information will be provided nearer the time.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Whelan, John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
Please see the notice board for the latest job vacancies.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (17th Mar—24th Mar 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 17th||SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (C)
|Michael Hutson & Priscilla Burke RIP
People of the Parish
Noel & Muriel D’Mello RIP
|Tuesday 19th||St Joseph, spouse of the BVM|
|Terence Joseph Conn RIP
Betty Jordan RIP
|Deceased members of the Egan Family|
(Requiem Mass) …….
|Sarah Marie Shoppie
Elaine Mitchell RIP
|Maria Saunders RIP|
|9:30am||George Loader RIP|
|THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (C)
Glenda Healy (Int.)
Amelia Corbett RIP
People of the Parish
Doris Galloway RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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