The First Sunday of Advent (C)


The First Sunday of Advent (C)

Mass Readings: 82 – 84

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60

Advent is a season of expectation. We are waiting and preparing for the coming of Our Lord, as if he had not already come to us nearly two thousand years ago. John the Baptist is our guide, and he says to us what he preached during the first Advent: Prepare the ways of the Lord, straighten out his paths (Matthew 3:4). We have to prepare for the coming of Our Lord into our lives by prayer and penance. In this way after each Christmas Day celebration we would be more committed to his service, and understand more fully how he wants us to live.

It is odd that so much about Christmas in our society is about enjoying material things, food, drink and presents that make us richer. The riches which \our Lord wants to give us are quite different. The gifts which he brings will include a stronger faith in his Incarnation, that is, the truth that God became a man and dwell amongst us. Another gift is a greater knowledge and trust in God’s extraordinary love for each one of us, with the resulting joy and peace that this can bring. His gifts are given freely to us, but if we prepare for them we shall most certainly receive them in abundance. We receive and accept  all good things as God’s gift given generously to us. We rejoice and say thank you to God. Christmas is a time to celebrate, but we have to remember that true Christmas riches are the spiritual ones, an increase of faith hope and charity.

We should remember all those who cannot celebrate Christmas, either because they have no Church or priest, or because they have no food. If you sit and think about it, it is odd how so few have people in the world can actually enjoy the good things that we have seen in our shops these last weeks. The thought should not give us the wrong kind of bad conscience. That would be error. When we do these things for the poor and the suffering you do them to Christ himself. That brings its own reward. You become rich when you give. That is one the secrets of Christmas.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Flower Arrangers.

Next Sunday teas will be served by the UCM.

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

Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £474.19p + £264.00p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £738.19p. The 2nd collection for Southwark Catholic Youth Services was £91.93p.  Thank you for your generosity. The 2nd collection today is for our Church repair Fund.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Baby Jacob Atas who died suddenly.  May his soul rest in peace.

First Tuesday of the Month: There will be Adoration and Gospel discussion from 7.30 – 8.30pm in the Parish Centre on the first Tuesday of the month.  All are welcome.

Advent Film: Father Stuart will be screening a film about St. John Marie Vianney on Wednesday 5th December at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.  All are welcome.

First Friday Silent Adoration: On the first Friday of every month there will be Silent Adoration in the Church from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Advent Reconciliation Service: There will be an Advent Reconciliation Service on Saturday 8th December at 11.30am.

First Holy Communion Classes: The classes will continue with the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday 8th December.

Christmas Fair: Thank you to all those who came along and supported our Parish Christmas Fair.  Many thanks to the organisers and helpers too for their invaluable support.

Mass Intentions: Please book your 2019 masses now to avoid disappointment.

Prayerful Atmosphere: Please remember to keep the Church a sacred place by keeping the noise levels before and after Mass to a minimum.  Often visitors have commented on how peaceful St Anthony’s Church is, however, over the last few weeks the noise levels have increased.  Please think of others and talk quietly inside of the  Church. Thank you.

Carols in the Park: Come join us in Alexandra Recreation Ground on Sunday December 2nd to sing carols in the park accompanied by the wonderful Beckenham Concert Band. Meet by the Victorian fountain at 3.00pm where carol booklets will be issued. Then, at 3.45pm, after we have sung, we go to Holy Trinity Centre for free mulled wine and mince pies. There is also a raffle, a cake stall, a Penge Food Hub stall and further music. Ends at 5.00pm. All welcome.

Pilgrimage to Knock: Fully escorted St Patrick’s Weekend Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 16th March 2019.  £599.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

Catholic History Walks: London at Christmas and the New Year Sunday 16th December 2018 & Wednesday 2nd January 2019, both at 3pm. Join us for seasonal walks through Westminster and Victoria, taking in Christmas trees and crib-scenes. Meet at Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.

Parish Diaries: They are now available in the Repository.  Donations will be appreciated.

Christmas Gifts and Cards: Please take a look at the Christmas gifts and Parish Christmas cards on sale in the Repository.

Hospital Admissions: If you are due to be admitted to hospital or if you know of a parishioner who has been admitted to hospital then please let one of the clergy know.  Thank you.

Cold Weather: Please do remember to close both sets of doors behind you when you are entering or leaving the church so we can conserve the heat inside the Church. Thank you.

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

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (2nd Dec—9th Dec 2018) (Year: C)


Sunday                             2nd     FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT  (Year: C)
(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  Elizabeth Manion  RIP

Terry McGinnie  RIP

Maurice Kiernan  RIP

People of the Parish

Monday                            3rd     St Francis Xavier
     9:30am   Deceased of the Maloney Family
Tuesday                            4th     Feria




  Thanksgiving  to God for Simon Konney

Yukisia Silva & Ruben Silva  Int.

Wednesday                       5th     Feria
  9:30am   Bruno Rodrigues  RIP
Thursday                          6th     Feria
  9:30am   Mary Lukeman  RIP
Friday                                7th     St Ambrose


  Fr Kerry Barry-Ryan  RIP
Saturday                             8th     The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  9:30am   Ronald Jones

Sunday                                9th


(Saturday) ….                     











Rachael Loader  RIP

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

Int Noel D’Mello (102 Birthday Thanksgiving)

People of the Parish

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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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