Seventeenth Sunday


Seventeenth Sunday

Mass Readings: Pages 108 – 111
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60

Matthew’s Gospel continues with further parables for our pondering is the right word for the exercise as the complies of the Lectionary remind us by giving us the first reading from the first book of the  Kings. It is Solomon’s famous prayer and wisdom. The young king acknowledges his inexperience and lack of understanding of the great matters of state, and so he asks God for ability to discern and not for long life or power as might have been expected. The wisdom Solomon shows becomes the hallmark of the biblical reign of the king. The fact that so much of Jesus’ teaching is given in parables and very little in terms of rules and regulations indicates how much wisdom should continue to be the hallmark of his disciples; and wisdom is not something learnt by rote as the impression might sometimes be given but something pondered as Solomon knew in prayer. The image of householder bringing out things both old and new, is a fascinating one and an encouraging one. So often people resist change as simply being the imposition of something new in a situation that might have appeared to be working perfectly well. When looking at the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which initiated such recent change, it is important to remember just how much work has gone into rediscovering the ancient practices of the Church, the writings of the Church Fathers and the riches of the Tradition that had lain unexplored in the storeroom for many hundreds of years. In the sense that the Church is a community of believers, the insights and understanding of all believers are always part of the heritage of the whole community and are available to foster the life of the community at all times.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the volunteers.

There will be no teas during the month of August.

The next Sunday teas will be on the 3rd September and will be served by the Knights of St Columba.

Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.


Last Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £440.32p + £320.65p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £760.97p. The 2nd  collection for Parish Funds  was £71.73p.  Thank you for your generosity.  The retiring collection today is for Parish Funds.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Arthur Donnolly who died recently.  The funeral mass for Arthur Donnelly will be on Wednesday 23rd August at 11am.

First Holy Communion: If your child is in Year 3 or is 8+ years of age and would like to make their First Holy Communion then please complete an application form (available from the catechists).

RCIA: If you are an adult who would like to become a Catholic or/and you would like to receive the sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation then please complete an RCIA form (forms are in the Narthex).

Day of Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers: The Emmaus Centre will be holding the last Day of Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers on Saturday 2nd September.  If you would like to attend then please contact the Emmaus Centre on 020 8777 2000.

Crying Babies and Young Children: If your baby or young child is crying during the Mass please do use the confessional box instead of leaving the Church. We have now installed a monitor inside the confessional box which means parents and carers are able to watch the Mass from inside the confessional box.

August Holiday: Please remember that during the holiday month of August there is no newsletter, no teas and many of the parish groups do not meet.

Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank this weekend (29th/30th July).  They will collect regularly on the last weekend of each month. There will be an appeal for next month on the weekend of the 26th/27th August.

Celebration of Anglo-Indian Day: The Anglo-Indian community is celebrating Anglo-Indian Day on Sunday 5th August at the Oasis Academy, Shirley Road, Croydon, CR9 7AL.  Please see the notice board for further information.

Divine Mercy Retreat: Saturday 12th August from 11am until 4pm at St John Fisher Church, 2017 Cannon Hill Lane, Merton, London  SW20 9DB.  Please contact the Marian Fathers on 89980925 or email:

St Anthony’s Parish Annual Pilgrimage: This year’s pilgrimage will be to the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate on Saturday 23rd September. The cost is £18 and bookings for seats will be after all masses this weekend and, if there are seats available, will resume again in early September. All those who are intending to come along should note an 8.30am prompt start.

Post-Confirmation Retreat: For all young people who have made their Confirmation, we are pleased to bring you news of this second Post Confirmation retreat which takes place from Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017 in Whitstable.  Run by the team at Southwark Catholic Youth Service, this exciting weekend for young people provides an opportunity to have fun and socialise whilst exploring and deepening their faith.  We have a limited number of places available, for more information and/or to reserve your place, please email:

Young Catholic Adult Weekend: Are you 18 – 40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire on the weekend of the 20th – 22nd October with Lawrence Lew O.P. and Canon Poucin ICKSP. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialize and have fun. Book soon as places are limited!  To book go to   For updates go to:  For more details goto:- Prices start from £18.50.

Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Bridget McLaughlin, Ellen Garvey, John Barry, Margaret Southwell,  Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.


Please remember to switch off your mobile phone when you enter the Church. Please don’t distract others at Mass.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (30th July—6th Aug 2017) (Year: A)


Sunday                         30th     Seventeenth Sunday (A)
(Saturday) …..






  People of the Parish

Ivan Farnon  RIP

Intentions of the Brito-Babapulle Family

Intentions of Anna Murphy

Monday                         31st        St Ignatius of Loyola
         9:30am   Christopher Alanaeme  RIP
Tuesday                          1st     St Alphonsus Ligouri




  Joseph Phokeerooss  RIP

Intentions of Fr Stuart Meyer

Wednesday                     2nd     Feria
  9:30am   Intentions of Margaret Southwell
Thursday                        3rd     Feria


  Intentions of Iris Beck & the Beck Family
Friday                              4th         St John Vianney
     9:30am   Ints. of Joseph Furzer & the Furzer Family
Saturday                          5th     Feria
  9:30am   Intentions of Isabella Vassallo

Sunday                             6th


                             (Saturday) …                           












The Transfiguration of The Lord (A)


Raymond Arthur Devine-Jones

People of the Parish

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

Dec’d of the Maloney & Fitzmaurice Families


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St Anthony’s Primary School

St Anthony of Padua RC

Established in 1878, revived in 1927 & consecrated on 14th June 1950. We are a registered charity under the Archdiocese of Southwark with Parish Priest Father Sunith Nonis & Assistant Priest Father Stuart Meyer.



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