The Second Sunday of Lent
Mass Readings: Pages 151 – 153
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
The story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain forms an important bridge between the Old and New Testaments. The bridge can be seen in the two figures with Jesus. Moses who represents the covenant of the law and Elijah who represents all the prophets and their foretelling of the Christ. That person is the third party Jesus whom they have joined the mount.
The gospel is also a reminder of the covenant and cost of transfiguration, though it is not stated in Mark’s version. Elsewhere the vision includes a reference to the conversation Moses and Elijah were having about his passing which would take place in Jerusalem. From this we can grasp that the glory is all mingled with the pain and suffering of his passion and death. It reminds us of the joyful acceptance and recognition of the recently born Jesus in the Temple by Simeon and at the same time him telling Mary that a sword would pierce her heart.
The mixture of pain and joy in love is ever present in our own lives too. It may be helpful for us to realise that Jesus understands whatever pain and suffering we go through in our lives. He has suffered, has been happy, has been lonely, has been beaten, has gone through a painful death. In short we have a saviour who has shared our human condition and is therefore much closer to us than we realise.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the SVP Group and the Volunteers.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the Knights of St Columba.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £517.91p + £300.60p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 818.51p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £36.65p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for Parish Funds. And, thank you also for your generous response to the appeal for the APF/Mill Hill Red Box Scheme.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Marie Harris and Margaret Southwell.
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. (Note: but not on this coming Wednesday 28th Feb.)
Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank this weekend (24th/25th February). They will collect regularly on the last weekend of each month.
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 – 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 27th February from 7.45 to 8.45pm 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 www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.
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.
St Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance: There will be a St Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance on Saturday 17th March at Melvin Hall. Doors open from 7pm. Tickets cost £20 and include a traditional Irish Dinner, harpist, live band and Irish dancers. To purchase tickets call Maureen on 07983 796089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call 020 8402 0459. The poster is on the noticeboard.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, and Michael Creech.
Please remember to turn off your mobile phone.
Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (25th Feb— 4th March 2018) (Year: B)
|Sunday 25th||Second Sunday of Lent (B)|
|People of the Parish
Alice Kelly RIP
Tony Coyle RIP & Jonathan Coyle RIP
Henrietta Umeadi Obiago RIP
(Requiem Mass) ……….
|Betty Lynch RIP
Marie Harris RIP
|Thanks to St Anthony
Settima Tomei RIP
(Requiem Mass) …………….
|Bishop Francis Walmsley RIP
Margaret Southwell RIP
|Thursday 1st||St David, patron of Wales|
|9:30am||Mrs W. Howard|
|9:30am||Michael Walsh RIP|
|John Winter RIP|
|Third Sunday of Lent (B)
Ivan D’Cruz RIP
Charles Griffin RIP
Peace & Prosperity
People of the Parish
March 17 @ 11:00 am
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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