The First Sunday of Lent


The First Sunday of Lent

Mass Readings: Pages 148 – 150
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47

The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness. While Mark does not dwell on this episode, he links it very closely with the beginning of Jesus’ preaching  ministry. The will of his Father takes precedence over everything else in Jesus’ life. Like Noah, we are saved by the waters, in this case of baptism, which identify us with Christ. So, the Father’s will must be our guide in life.

As the whole period of Lent forms a final preparation for those who called cathechumens—people approaching Baptism who are not infants—the readings are there to lead, guide and enlighten them. We who are already members of the Church are reminded of our need to repent and follow the Gospel. So now we have a chance to make the following of the Gospel a reality through the liturgy of Lent. We are all going forward towards the re-enactment in the Holy Week of the new and eternal covenant of  Jesus Christ. So it is fitting that our first reading this Sunday is all about Noah and original Covenant made by God with him.

I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

This begins a series of covenants and promises by God to his people and of course they culminate at the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.

Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the SVP Group (and the Volunteers, if possible).

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

Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £481.34p + £395.10p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 876.44p. The 2nd collection for Poor Parishes in the Diocese was £ 105.89p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for Parish Funds. And, there will be an appeal for APF/Mill Hill Red Boxes Scheme.

Recently Deceased: Elizabeth Ockenden’s funeral will be on Friday 23rd February at 2pm followed by the committal at 3pm at Beckenham Crematorium.

Marie Harris’s funeral will be on Monday 26th February at 2pm followed by the committal at 3pm at Beckenham Crematorium.

Margaret Southwell’s funeral will be on Wednesday 28th February at 11am followed by the burial at 12.30pm at Beckenham Cemetery. Her body will be received into the church on Tuesday 27th February at 4.30pm.

Stations of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross will be on Wednesdays after 9.30am mass, Fridays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm.

UCM: The next meeting is at 7.30pm on Monday 19th February in the Parish Centre. Sister Pat from the convent at Beckenham will be talking about the work of the Salesians with refugees. All are welcome.

National Eucharist Congress: You are warmly invited to a meeting in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 20th February at 7.30pm (refreshments will be served) to launch the Congress Home Team. Your views, ideas and support will be very much appreciated. Charles Chilaka and Brigid Sullivan.

Invitation to new readers: Have you read at Mass before, maybe in another parish? Have you made your confirmation recently? Have you thought about becoming a reader but not put your thought into action. We will have an introduction meeting for anybody interested in becoming a reader on Tuesday 27th February from 7:45pm to 8:45pm at the church. Please come along if you would like to find out more.

Father Stuart’s Lent Series on the ‘Pivotal Players’: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church, but changed the course of civilization. All held in the Parish Centre on the following Wednesdays – 21st February, St Francis of Assisi; 28th February, St Thomas Aquinas; 7th March, St Catherine of Sienna; 14th March, Michelangelo; 21st March BI, John Henry Newman; 28th March, G.K. Chesterton. All are welcome.

Invitation to new readers:  Have you read at Mass before, maybe in another parish? Have you made your confirmation recently? Have you thought about becoming a reader but not put your thought into action? We will have an introduction meeting for anyone interested in becoming a reader on Tuesday 27 February from 7.45 to 8.45 at the church. Please come along if you would like to find out more.

London Evenings of Faith – Winter/ Spring 2018: All are welcome to a series of talks on the theme ‘The spirit of Vatican II’ at 7pm on Tuesdays 27 February & 13 March. Talks are held in The Challoner Room, Basement, 24 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly). Cheese & wine/ juice served. Full dates and details are available at

Are you worried about dementia? On Monday March 5th at 7.30 pm. there will be a talk and discussion about spotting the first signs of dementia and what we can do about them. It will be held in the main hall Our Lady of the Annunciation Bingham Road,Addiscombe. Refreshments and cash bar available. All are welcome. For more information please see the noticeboard or contact John Woodhouse 0790 8888 586 (by text) Norwood Catenian circle.

Life in the Spirit Seminars: Starts on Wednesday 18th April for 8 consecutive Wednesdays at SS Joseph and Swithun Parish, Plaistow Lane, Bromley, BR1 2PR.  7pm Registration and refreshments, 7.30pm Welcome and gathering followed by the Seminar at 8 until 9.30pm. If you are interested in attending please email or call 020 8402 0459. The poster is on the noticeboard.

Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank next weekend (24th/25th February). They will collect regularly on the last weekend of each month.

Please pray for the sick of the ParishJohn Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, and Michael Creech.

Please remember to turn off your mobile phone.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (18th Feb—25th Feb 2018) (Year: B)

Sunday                          18th      First Sunday of Lent  (B)
(Saturday) …          






  Sean & Mary McCormack  RIP

People of the Parish

Ms M Rodrigues

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

Monday                         19th     Feria


  9:30am   Anthony Apicella  RIP
Tuesday                        20th     Feria




  Elizabeth Dann  RIP

Sheila Jackson RIP

Wednesday                    21st     Feria


  Fr Kevin Pelham  RIP
Thursday                       22nd      The Chair of St Peter
  9:30am   Albert Bovay, Thomas & Emmeline Parry  RIP
Friday                             23rd         Feria
     9:30am   George Loader  RIP
Saturday                         24th     Feria


  In Thanksgiving
Sunday                            25th   


(Saturday)  …                                               










  Second Sunday of Lent  (B)


People of the Parish

Alice Kelly  RIP

Tony Coyle RIP & Jonathan Coyle RIP

Henrietta Umeadi Obiago  RIP

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St Anthony of Padua RC

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