Seventeenth Sunday (C)


Seventeenth Sunday (C)

Mass Readings: 114 – 117

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60

First Reading: A remarkable story about God’s justice. It is remarkable that the author knows God’s inner thoughts! It is remarkable that Abraham feels able to rebuke God! It is remarkable that God listens to him and changes his intentions!

What the story does is first to show that God is a just God, and secondly to show that indiscriminate collective punishment is contrary to justice, because it punishes the innocent.

Psalm: A song of praise to God, who answers our prayer.

Second Reading: Baptism is a dying (to sin) and a rising (to new life in and with Christ).

Gospel: Following Mary’s good example of listening to Christ comes Jesus’ teaching on prayer. First is Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer (we use Matthew’s in the daily liturgy), followed by a sort of parable on petitionary prayer (that is, urgently asking God for things).

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.

The next Sunday teas will be in September (1st September) and will be served by the Knights of St Columba.

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

Last Sunday’s Collections:  The 1st collection was £473.23p +  £465.57p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £938.80p.  The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £145.77p. Thank you for your generosity.

Today’s 2nd collection is for Parish Funds.

 Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.

RCIA: The classes for those who wish to become Catholics will begin in September. So if you are an adult who would like to become a Catholic or are a  baptised Catholic who has not received First Holy Communion or Confirmation or if you are baptised in another church and would like to become a Catholic then please fill in an RCIA application form (forms available in the narthex) and give it to one of the clergy.

Confirmation 2020: Please complete an application form if you wish to be confirmed in 2020. The forms (red) are in the Narthex. Confirmation classes will be starting very soon. Please return your completed application forms to Father Sunith by Wednesday 31st July.

Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank this weekend. They will collect regularly on the last weekend of each month. Please also note that next month’s collection will be over the weekend of 24th/25th August. Thank you.

Annual Parish Pilgrimage: St Mary’s Shrine at West Grinstead and afternoon in Worthing. Date: Saturday 28th September 2019. Cost: £25 this includes a £5 donation to the Church. Bookings will be taken this weekend and then again at the beginning of September.

Many Thanks: Patricia Gorman and family wish to express their thanks for all the many messages of sympathy and support regarding the death of their son, Peter, in South Africa. All of the messages have been a great comfort to them.

Please note that a notice regarding Father Stuart’s retirement collection will be in the newsletter after the August break.

August holiday: Please note that during the holiday month of August, many of the Church groups do not meet. In addition, there will be no benediction on Sundays, Sunday or Wednesday teas or newsletters during the month of August. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays will continue throughout the month of August.

Archbishop John Wilson: Please pray for the new Archbishop John Wilson who was installed as the 11th Archbishop of the Southwark diocese on Thursday. If you would like to watch the broadcast from St George’s Cathedral, Southwark at 12noon then please visit or go to the diocese webpage,

Music in the Park: The Friends annual music event takes place on Sunday 28th July at 3.00pm in Alexandra Recreation Ground. Beckenham Concert Band will provide live music. There will be a raffle, soft drinks and food available for purchase. Bring a folding chair and/or rug and make an afternoon of it! The event ends at 5.00pm. If it rains the event will take place in Holy Trinity Hall, Lennard Road.

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Barn Dance 2019:  Please place a note on your calendar that the Knights of St Columba will be holding their popular annual parish event on Friday 11th October. Further details to be advised and tickets go on sale in September.

The Knights are also pleased to announce that they were able to make a financial donation both to the Seminary Chapel Roof Repair Fund and to the Living Well Foodbank out of the proceeds from the April Quiz Night. Many thanks to the Parish for their support.

Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (28th July—4th Aug 2019)  (Year: C)

Sunday                             28th     SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY (C)
(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  James & Geoffrey Akuha  RIP

People of the Parish

Ints of the Brito-Babapulle Family

Wellbeing of Jean Yearwood

Monday                            29th     St Martha
     9:30am   Intentions of James Curtis
Tuesday                           30th     Feria




  Neil McDonald  RIP

The Holy Souls

Wednesday                      31st     St Ignatius of Loyola
  9:30am   Christopher Alaneme  RIP
Thursday                          1st     St Alphonsus Ligouri


  Wellbeing of Canon Christopher Tuckwell
Friday                               2nd     Feria




  Intentions of Sr Aelred OSB
Saturday                           3rd     Feria
  9:30am   Wellbeing of Andy Blower
Sunday                              4th


                       (Saturday) ……











The Holy Souls

Archbishop John Wilson

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

People of the Parish


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