The Presentation of the Lord (A)
Mass Readings: 297 – 302
Order of Mass: Pages 7- 60
A Face in the Crowd
When the infant Jesus was brought into the Temple in Jerusalem by his parents to be presented to the Lord, he was just a face in the crowd. Thousands of people thronged the Temple precincts every day, and regularly children were presented there. Nobody knew this child, Jesus, and nobody had the least suspicion of the good that he would do…nobody except the old man, Simeon, and the prophetess, Anna. They were on the lookout for such a child. They looked for the comforting of Israel, and for the salvation of the Gentiles. When this young couple approached, cradling a child, their hearts leapt for joy. ‘Now let your servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation’. They held the child and they beheld the light of the world.
That same light has shone on us. Christian people have seen the light of Christ, Christian eyes behold his glory. That light shining on us, symbolised by the candles of today’s Mass, gives us the eyes of Christ himself, a grace of seeing clearly. It is a grace to behold the goodness in every person, a grace to look on peole gently with the gaze of Jesus, a grace to bring light into dark places where people truly suffer in this world.
Our world of precious people is often reduced to crowds, to the anonymity of the masses. In such a world our personal loveliness can be lost, ignored or simply not seen. But if there are people on the lookout, people alert to God’s promises, then we may be recognised. Then we may be seen and known, not just as faces in the crowd, but as the children of God that we are.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Flower Arrangers.
Next Sunday’s 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 £571.86 + £370.05 In Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £941.91p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £60.21p. Thank you for your generosity.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Anthony Byrne. The funeral will be on Thursday 13th February at 11.45am followed by the cremation at West Norwood Crematorium at 1.15pm. May his soul rest in peace.
Holy Communion Classes: The classes continue on Saturdays, the 8th and 22nd February at 10.30am in the Parish Centre.
Confirmation Classes: Please note the next classes will be on Thursdays, the 6th and 20th February at 7pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).
Spirituality and Reflection: Films will be shown in the Parish Centre every Tuesday until Holy Week with the view to promoting reflection on our Faith. The first film will be screened on Tuesday 11th February from 7.30pm – 8.30pm and will focus on the Gospel of John – Part 1. Please see the notice board for the full programme. All are welcome.
Repository: Please take a look at the items on sale in the Repository. There are ‘The Stations of the Cross’ booklets, ‘Lent Extra – Your Journey towards Easter’ booklets and ‘Gospel Power’ which contains daily Readings and Reflections for the whole year in a pocket sized book. Come and have a look at the spiritual reading on offer.
What’s My Wine? A fun fund-raising wine-tasting quiz to help finance the Penge Heritage Blue Window-Plaques project. Join us at 7.30pm in the Bowls Club at Alexandra Recreation Ground on Saturday 8th February. £10 entry includes the tasting of five different wines. A bottle of wine each for the winning table. Raffle, mystery bottle. Cheese platters. Bring a drink and/or nibbles for the interval. Contact Helen on firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris on email@example.com for tickets. Why not make up a table of six?
CYM Careers Fair: The CYM Careers Fair will return for a third year on Saturday 8th February 2020 from 11.30-2pm at St James the Great Church, Petts Wood. Come and take part in ‘mock interviews’, receive one-to-one careers advice from industry professionals, find out about the range of opportunities relating to modern day apprenticeships, peer ministry and GAP year opportunities and receive practical tips to help craft the perfect CV. Tickets sold out very quickly last year, so don’t miss out – reserve your place now by visiting out website: http://www.bromleydeanery.org/career-fair-08-02-2020/ or through Eventbrite by searching ‘cymcareerfair’.
CYM Musical ‘The Crusader’: As part of the CYM programme for 2020, we will be putting on a brand new and original musical! ‘The Crusader’ is about a young Knight called William who, upon his return from the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart, is delayed on his journey and presumed to be dead, yet survives to undergo a new conversion of heart leading him to turn away from the path of violence and warfare. When William eventually returns home he must find his place in the fight of his people against a corrupt Baron and his oppressive regime. There are many characters, sub-plots, fun-filled drama and action in this project that has strong themes of faith and forgiveness, and tackles the question: ‘how do we effectively fight injustice?’. Although ideally suited to Years 9,10 and 11, we encourage all young people and members of the deanery community with a passion for music, acting, singing and stage production to get involved in this exciting production which we hope to perform in mid-late Spring. We will be holding auditions for actors/singers and musicians to be part of the orchestra on Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd February from 12-2pm at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Plaistow lane, Bromley. For more information, please contact Joseph Gulliford (Seminarian at St. Edmund’s and writer) firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susan Longhurst (Deanery Youth Coordinator) email@example.com.
Headteacher Vacancy: The governors of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake, London SW14 8HE are looking to recruit a Headteacher to take up post in September 2020. For more information, please see the school website – https://www.st-marymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk/ or contact Evelyn Fernandes at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (2nd Feb —9th Feb 2020) (Year A)
|Sunday 2nd||THE PRESENTATION of THE LORD (A)|
|Fleming Family Living & Deceased
Special Intentions of Magdalene Thomas
Julian & Henry Thomas RIP
People of the Parish
|9:30am||Monica Ukaigwe RIP|
|Christian & Amelia Nkpade RIP
Alfred George Shoppie
|Wednesday 5th||St Agatha|
|9:30am||Intentions of Patricia Dillon|
|Thursday 6th||St Paul Miki & Companions, martyrs|
|Jose Morano RIP|
|9:30am||Matthew Gleeson RIP|
|9:30am||Joseph Miller Jaboro RIP|
|FIFTH SUNDAY (A)
Bridget D’Souza RIP
People of the Parish
Conrad Thomas RIP
Mary & Stanley Green RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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