The Fourth Sunday of Advent (C)


The Fourth Sunday of Advent (C)

Mass Readings: 90 – 92

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60

When Micah was writing Jerusalem was under siege and David’s dynasty was jeopardy. but he said that salvation would come from a comparatively insignificant place – Bethlehem. From there a new leader would come to gather together the scattered exiles and unite the nation once more.

Christians see this oracle as foreshadowing the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who was born in Bethlehem and descended from the line of David.

The second reading states that Jesus didn’t come to offer the sacrifice of the Old law, but to do the will of God. His sacrifice was essentially one of obedience (an obedience which meant accepting death on a cross). His one perfect sacrifice did what the sacrifices of the Mosaic Law were unable to do; it brought about the reconciliation between God and people.

The story of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth is an appendage to the two annunciation stories, and brings together the mothers affected by them.

Mary is portrayed as making her way in haste – a haste inspired by friendship and charity but yet more by her recognition of a divine invitation. At Mary’s greeting Elizabeth felt the infant stir in her womb. This indicates the connection there is between John and Jesus. Enlightened by the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth recognises the blessedness of Mary and hints at the uniqueness of the child she has conceived.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s Christmas teas (mulled wine and mince pies) will

be served by the Knights of St Columba.

Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the volunteers.

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

Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £518.40p + £268.70p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £787.10p. The 2nd collection for Altar Flowers at Christmas was £132.87p. Thank you for your generosity.

Christmas Day: The collections at all Christmas Day masses are your personal gift to the clergy.  


Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Baby Jacob Atas, Arthur Lenden and Patrick “Pat” McNamara.

Baby Jacob Atlas’s funeral service will be on Thursday 3rd January at Beckenham Crematorium Chapel at 11.45am followed by the burial.

Patrick “Pat” McNamara’s funeral will be on Friday 28th December at 10.30am at St Anthony’s Church followed by the cremation at 11.45am at Beckenham Crematorium.

Arthur Lenden’s funeral will be on Friday 4th January at 1pm at St Anthony’s Church followed by the cremation at 2pm at Beckenham Crematorium.

May all of their souls rest in peace.


Blessed Sacrament: In response to the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed every Friday in December  from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

First Holy Communion Classes: The classes will continue in the new year.  There are four sessions in January, on Saturdays, the 5th and 12th January at 10.30 – 11.30am and on Tuesdays, the 8th and 15th January at 7.30pm.  All of the sessions are in the Parish Centre (no. 4 Genoa Road).

Crib Offering: Please consider making a donation at the Crib.  Every penny you donate will go into the Catholic Children’s Society’s Southwark Crisis Fund to provide emergency support for families in our Archdiocese. For further information please visit

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

Catholic History Walks: London at Christmas and the New Year 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.

St Francis Ramblers: St Francis Ramblers invite you to join their walk on Saturday 29 December.  Meet Denmark Hill station (walkers’ train due in at 0957 [departs Blackfriars 0946]).  Distance 9.5 miles with lunch stop at Bridge House, 2 High Street, Penge, finishing at North Dulwich or Herne Hill station.  Please call Paul on 07847 282626 for details.  Here is a link to the website for more information about our club:

House of Prayer in East Molesey: Week-end Silent Individually Guided Retreat – Led by: The House of Prayer Community – Friday, 11 – Sunday, 13 January, 2019: Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm.  Cost: £160 – Advanced booking essential: Please contact The House of Prayer: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail:

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busy-ness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection.  A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat.  Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.

Repository: Please take a look at the Christmas gifts and Parish Christmas cards on sale in the Repository. Southwark Catholic Directories for 2019 are also now available in the Repository, priced at £3.

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.

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


Father Sunith and Father Stuart would like to wish all of you a safe, happy, holy Christmas.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (23rd Dec—30th Dec 2018) (Year: C)


Sunday                            23rd     FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT  (C)         
(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  Jean May McCloud  RIP

George Loader  RIP

People of the Parish

Liberation & Action of Grace—Gildo Silva

Monday                           24th     Feria  (Christmas Eve)



  Elizabeth Dann  RIP

Children/Family Mass

First Mass of Christmas

(preceded by Carols from 11:30pm)

Tuesday                           25th     The Nativity of the Lord 




  Priest’s Intention

Nicholas Gorman  RIP

Wednesday                      26th     St Stephen, the first Martyr
  10:00am   Patrick Kelly  RIP
Thursday                         27th     St John, apostle & evangelist
  9:30am   Martha Maloney  RIP
Friday                               28th     The Holy Innocents, martyrs
   9:30am   Theodor Peter Bock  RIP
Saturday                            29th     St Thomas of Canterbury
  9:30am   Christian & Emilia Nkpade  RIP
Sunday                               30th



(Saturday) ….                     











People of the Parish

Leon Farnon  RIP

Deceased of the Belletty Family

John Christopher Murray  RIP


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St Anthony’s Primary School

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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