Sixth Sunday of Easter (C)
Mass Readings: 273 – 276
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
Several times during the Easter season we have heard of the controversy created by God’s gift to gentiles of faith in the Lord Jesus. Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles presents the final decision reached by the Church’s leadership in Jerusalem and received by the Gentile community in Antioch.
The shortened form of the story that appears here ought to be understood in context of the longer passage from which it is taken. The full account shows a collegial process which involved the whole church in deliberation and required listening to the stories of God’s deeds among the gentile converts. Luke makes clear that the decision to accept the gentiles was not handed down from on high or derived from the abstract principles. Rather, a divine human collaboration involving many people and the Holy Spirit led to the decision.
The gospel reading from John continues the farewell discourse of Jesus. Ideally situated in the liturgical year to anticipate the coming feasts of Ascension and Pentecost, the reading tells both of Jesus’ imminent departure and his promise of the Paraclete. Central to the passage are the words of Jesus concerning the peace that he gives to his disciples. Peace is his farewell, and his gift to them – a peace that the world cannot give. More than a simple word of greeting, this peace will be a token of Jesus’ abiding presence even as he leaves them. Just as the Spirit, or Paraclete, will provide for the disciples those things which Jesus did for them in his community of disciples who will be cared for and not abandoned even when Jesus departs from them. They are promised a divine indwelling, the gift of peace, and the Paraclete to guide them.
The phrase If you loved me .. does not suggest that disciples do not love Jesus, but challenges them to generous rather than a possessive love. Jesus’ words speak to the experience of separation and letting go. His promise of peace speaks in every age to the troubled heart of the human person, as well as to common life of the faithful and indeed to the whole world in which we live.
This Sunday teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the Flower Arrangers.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £641.03p + £255.50p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £896.53p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £64.26p. Thank you for your generosity.
The 2nd collection today is for Parish Funds.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Eamonn Crean. and Eileen Panther. There will be a Requiem Mass on Friday 31st May at 11am.
Eileen Panther’s funeral service will be held at Beckenham Crematorium Chapel on the 6th June at 11am.
Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.
Thursday (Ascension) is a day of obligation. The masses are at 9.30am and 7.30pm
Please pray for those who received their First Holy Comunion: Carla, Chinelo, Darren, Ethan, Keira, Michael M, Michael N, Meron, Paul, Peter, Princess, Tyler, Tyrell, Holy King Vwegba. All of them received their First Holy Communion this weekend. We wish them continued blessings on their spiritual journeys.
Stations of the Resurrection: Copies are available in the Repository. They are very well written and are a good, spiritual read.
Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary?: If so, you are invited to St George’s Cathedral at 3pm on Saturday 13th July for a special Mass celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony, with refreshments afterwards. Places are limited so make sure of your personal invitation from Archbishop Peter Smith by emailing email@example.com. We need to know your full names, address, phone number, parish and the special anniversary you are celebrating this year: anyone celebrating their 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+ qualifies. Close family are welcome to come with you. The closing date is 10th June.
Gift Aid Envelopes: Please collect your new boxed sets of envelopes for use from June 2019 which are at the back of the church. If you cannot find your box, or if you require a box, please tell one of the priests and we will sort it out.
Thank you for your continued support. (Noel Maloney, gift-aid scheme organizer)
Invitation to new readers. We are all called to listen to God’s word and practise that message in our lives. As a reader, you announce the message clearly so that the people take it in and respond to it. Are you good at communicating in daily life or at work, making yourself clear, getting your message across – these are the talents you need to be a good reader at Mass. We will have an introduction meeting for anyone interested in becoming a reader on Tuesday 4 June from 7.45 to 8.45 at the church. Please come along if you would like to find out more.
Marriage Help – Retrouvaille: has helped tens of thousands of couples at all stages of disillusionment or misery in their marriage. This programme can help you too. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about Retrouvaille or to register for the next programme commencing with a residential weekend on 7th – 9th June 2019. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or email email@example.com or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Divine Mercy Conference: Saturday 15th June from 10.45am to 6pm at the Church of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, 2 Windsor Road, Ealing Broadway, London W5 5PD. The main speaker is Sister Briege McKenna OSC. Entrance is by ticket only – registration: donation £12 per person. Only pre-booked tickets available. To secure your place please send the cheque/PO to MARIAN FATHERS with your address. Your ticket will be sent by return post.
Annual Martyrs’ Walk: Please see the notice board for details of the Annual Martyrs’ Walk and other history walks in London (including an evening on Cardinal John Henry Newman). The Annual Martyrs’ Walk is on the 23rd June and commemorates the heroes of the faith who witnessed even to death. The walk follows the route they took from Newgate to their execution in Tyburn.
General Security: For reasons of church security please do not leave anything in the narthex without permission from Fr Sunith. If you see anything that looks suspicious, please tell one of the priests.
Note for Gift Aiders: We are now finalising our 2019 claim for the return of Gift Aid Tax from HMRC, This refund is only allowed if you have paid sufficient tax on your income. If the income tax you have paid or will pay for the tax year ended 05/04/2019 does not cover the rebate being claimed by us on your donations (25p per pound donated), please let Fr Sunith know as soon as possible, so that we can amend our records. Meanwhile, thank you for your continuing support for this worthy cause.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Whelan, John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (26th May—2nd June 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 26th||SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)|
|Timothy Looby RIP
People of the Parish
Patrick McNamara RIP
|Monday 27th||St Augustine of Canterbury|
|9:30am||Guillermina de Quintanilla RIP|
|Eamonn Crean RIP
The Holy Souls
|9:30am||Deceased of the Fitzmaurice Family|
|Thursday 30th||THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD|
|(Holy Day of Obligation)
|Jackie, Brian & Family (Int.)
Patrick McNamara RIP
|Friday 31st||The Visitation of the BVM|
Requiem Mass ………….
|Deceased of the Maloney Family
Eamonn Crean RIP
|Saturday 1st||St Justin, martyr|
|9:30am||Ints of the O’Connor & Riley Families|
|SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
Martha Maloney RIP
Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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