Mass Readings: Pages 105 – 108
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60
The brief reading from St. Paul to the Romans is one to be cherished and given great attention. The need to pray and the difficulty in praying are recurrent aspects of the spiritual life. Those who seek to follow the Lord can easily be discouraged as they contemplate their inability and inadequacy in praying. A key element is to recall that when reference is made to the to the spiritual life the focus is not on the subject as if the spiritual life were merely some aspect or aptitude of the person. Three times in this short passage Paul talks of the Spirit, and clearly describes the Spirit who comes to us in our weakness; it is the Spirit who makes our pleas according to the mind of God. God already knows everything in our hearts perfectly well; so it not as if we had to discover a language or code in order to communicate with a distant or alien entity. As Paul will continue in the letter in the section we will hear next week, we are already called by God – and called in stumblings of one awestruck when beginning to realize that one is the beloved, and in that situation, any words, no matter how inadequate will be acceptable.
The Gospel is a further agricultural parable from Jesus. The agricultural imagery may well reflect the experience of Jesus’ initial hearers, but it is still significant today because the imagery is essential dynamic, it speaks of things active and growing of development over time- it is something that humanity is involved in and can respond to but only if they have ears to listen.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the volunteers.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £479.73p + £287.75p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £767.48p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £85.89p. 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. If you have any notices for August then please send them to the presbytery and we will try to include them next weekend.
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: email@example.com
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 and next weekend. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://v1.bookwhen.com/youngcatholicadults-douai2017. For updates go to: http://youngcatholicadults-latestnews.blogspot.co.uk/. For more details goto:- http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm. Prices start from £18.50.
Centre for Catholic Formation Courses: Please see the notice board for courses in Liturgy, Canon Law and the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. Please also see their website www.ccftootingbec.org.uk or contact them directly on 020 8672 7684 for further information.
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 phone.
Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (23rd –30th July 2017) (Year: A)
|Sunday 23rd||Sixteenth Sunday (A)|
|ThanksgivingGeorge Loader RIP
Sean Kirby RIP
People of the Parish
|9:30am||Intentions of Conrad D’Souza|
|Tuesday 25th||St James, apostle|
|9:30am7:00pm||Brendan Carr RIPGeorge Magny RIP|
|Wednesday 26th||Ss Joachim and Anne (parents of the BVM)|
|9:30am||Roger Southwell RIP|
|9:30am||Fr Fredrick Rhead RIP|
|9:30am||Herbert Farnon RIP|
|Saturday 29th||St Martha|
|9:30am||Herbert Farnon RIP|
| Sunday 30th
| Seventeenth Sunday (A)
People of the Parish
Ivan Farnon RIP
Intentions of the Brito-Babapulle Family
Anna Murphy RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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