The Fourth Sunday


The Fourth Sunday

Mass Readings: Pages 132 – 134
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47

Jesus is the new Moses predicted in the first reading. He is more than just one of the prophets. He is God’s Son. The Word of God. We should recognise that he is the Holy One of God and, like Paul, make ourselves ready to receive him.

This Sunday gives us both Old and New Testament illustrations of the kind of authoritative teaching which has come to us through revelation and is still coming through the scriptures and the thinking of the Church. Moses, who was a really tough leader, prophet and teacher, nevertheless had great difficulties with the children of Israel who did a lot of complaining, bickering and backbiting. No matter how hard he taught them, no matter how clearly he passed on the revelation and law from God, almost as soon as his back was turned the people built and worshipped man-made idols. This reading promises another prophet like Moses sent by God to receive and utter God’s commands, Jesus.

When Jesus Christ came, as today’s Gospel tells us, the people in the synagogue saw him cast out devils and teach a new teaching with authority. Yet many questioned or refused that authoritative teaching.

Today the kind of question we should put to ourselves is our reaction both to Scripture and to the teaching of the Church. The climate of many scholars and of others is to question the authority of scripture. Some dismiss it completely, some in part, some are indifferent, some are contemptuous of the scriptures. The Church’s teaching can suffer the same fate, even at times by those who say they are Catholic.

How then do you and I react—what is our attitude, our acceptance, our love and our prayerful listening? We all still have much to learn. Or, do we feel that we have all the answers? Such arrogance is only the folly before the fall. We do not have all the answers. It is right to bring our gifts of intellect and thought to scripture and tradition, but we must also bring our prayer so that we can hear the Lord speaking to us in our faith, guiding us and loving us.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s 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 £473.35p + £349.00p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 822.35p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £ 60.02p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for Racial Justice Day (promoting racial justice in our schools, parishes & in the wider world).

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Elizabeth Ockenden and John Winter.  Elizabeth Ockenden’s funeral details are to be confirmed.
John Winter used to be a well-known and active member of St Anthony’s Parish.  The Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday 7th February at 2pm followed by the cremation at Beckenham Crematorium at 3pm.

Lighting: Please note that the new lighting system for the church is currently being installed. There will be no Rosary group or St Anthony Devotions on weekday mornings until further notice.  There will be mass as usual, at 9.30am during the week, as the work will stop for the mass and will begin again once it is over.

Mass Intentions: Please speak to Father Stuart if you have any mass intentions and try to give at least 3 months notice in order to get your specific dates. Please do not email requests to the presbytery.  Thank you.

Eucharistic Congress, Liverpool, 7-9 September 2018. Two members of the parish  have volunteered to attend the Eucharistic Congress next year. We need a small group of parishioners to work with our two delegates to prepare for the Congress and to spread the message which comes back from the Congress. If you would like to be part of this group, please contact the presbytery or speak to a member of the Parish pastoral council.

Parish Calendars: Parish Calendars (depicting all the Parish Stations of the Cross) are still available from the repository.  Please do take a look.

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.

Eucharistic Adoration: The Archdiocese of Southwark is setting up a Diocesan Adoration Lay Committee to develop the practice of Eucharistic Adoration throughout the Archdiocese. You are welcome to attend an Information Meeting in The Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17 8BS on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 11am (finishing at 12.15). Refreshments served. See poster in the church for further details of how to attend, or contact the Parish Office promptly.

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 alternate Tuesdays from 30th January 2018 (subsequent talks are 13 February, 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.

Job Vacancies: Bishop Challoner School is looking for an English teacher. Please see their website or contact the school office on 020 8460 3546 or email  Closing date: 30th January 2018.

Please pray for the sick of the ParishBridget McLaughlin, John Barry, Margaret Southwell, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.

Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (28th Jan—4th Feb 2018) (Year: B)

Sunday                          28th      Fourth Sunday (Year B)  <Racial Justice Day>   
(Saturday) …          







  People of the Parish

Mary Ryan  RIP

Adrian BritoBabapulle Int.

Judy Starr  RIP

Monday                         29th     Feria


  9:30am   Peace of The Lord in our world
Tuesday                        30th     Feria




  Katie Downer Int.

Thankgiving for 2017 + Welcome to 2018

Wednesday                    31st     St John Bosco
  9:30am   Marie Zygadllo Int.
Thursday                        1st      Feria
  9:30am   Conrad Thomas  RIP
Friday                              2nd         The Presentation of the Lord  <Candlemas>
     9:30am   Noreen Maloney  RIP
Saturday                          3rd     Feria


  Anne Mullins  RIP
Sunday                             4th


(Saturday)  …                                               










  Fifth Sunday (Year B)


People of the Parish

Mrs Margaret McGillicuddy  RIP

Ints of Friar Colin Mary Edwards

Christian & Emilia Nkpade  RIP

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