Second Sunday of Lent (A)
Mass Readings: 155 – 157
Order of Mass: Pages 7- 60
Like the story of Jesus’ baptism, the Transfiguration is an epiphany story. Both stories manifest Jesus as he is, or as he will be. In both there is a voice, and the voice says the same words. A mountain is a place of divine manifestation. The cloud is a sign of the presence of God. Moses and Elijah stand for the Law and the Prophets..
It is no longer possible to say what happened on the mountain. Was it a vision? Was it a profound religious experience? There has been a tendency to explain the Transfiguration simply as a stage in the education of the apostles. But the first and chief significance was for Jesus himself. It was meant to confirm him in the course he had taken.
But of course it also benefited the apostles. And this is what Matthew emphasises. In the transfigured Jesus they got a glimpse of the glory of the risen Lord. Even so, they would not understand until Jesus had risen from the dead.
In the First Reading we see the obedience of Abraham, an obedience which brought blessings to many. It also points to the obedience of Jesus (an obedience which took him to death on the cross) and to the blessings that would flow to the world as a result.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £568.65 + £403.52 in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £972.17p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £95.21p. Thank you for your generosity.
Station of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be on Wednesdays after 9.30am mass, Fridays at 7.30pm (Blessed Sacrament will be exposed), 8.30pm Benediction and Sunday at 4pm.
Holy Communion Classes: The classes continue on Saturdays, the 21st and 28th March at 10.30am in the Parish Centre.
Confirmation Classes: Please note the next classes will be on Thursdays, the 12th March at 7pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).
Read the Gospel of St Mathew during Lent: This is a challenge set by the Bishops of England and Wales. To help with this challenge, St Anthony’s Parish Council has produced an A4 sheet showing the verses assigned to each day. Please do take one. There are also 20 booklets of the Gospel available from the Narthex at a cost of £1.50 each.
Spirituality and Reflection: The next film will be screened on Tuesday 10th March at 7:30pm – 8:30pm in the Parish Centre and will focus on The Sacraments – Why Sacraments. Please see the notice board for this month’s programme. Please come and join us. All are welcome.
Lenten Masses in Croydon University Hospital: There will be a Mass every Monday at 12 noon during Lent in the Hospital Chapel (Near Woodcroft Road). All are most welcome.
Annual Parish Pilgrimage: A day at Aylesford Priory, Kent on Saturday 27th June. ‘The Year of the Word’ a Diocesan Celebration with Mass at 12noon followed by an inspiring programme, BBQ and picnic. Put the date in your diary.
CYM Musical ‘The Crusader’ – First Rehearsal: Tuesday 10th March 6.30-8.30pm at St James the Great Church, Petts Wood. Thank you to all those who attended our open auditions over the last few weekends, it was fantastic to see how much talent we have in our deanery community! We are still looking for Singers, Musicians, Technicians & Volunteers to join the chorus, orchestra or backstage team for this exciting new musical, ‘The Crusader’. A tale of faith and conversion, exploring the question of how we effectively tackle injustice. This is a brand new musical with an original story and score, which we plan to perform this Summer 2020. The first rehearsal takes place on Tuesday 10th March, 6.30-8.30pm at St James the Great Church, Petts Wood. Contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or simply come along on 10th March. We look forward to having you with us!
CYM Deanery Youth Council Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020 – Register your interest by 15th March 2020! Our Youth Councillors for Bromley Deanery are planning a 5 day pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer (26th-30th July 2020). Travelling by coach, the programme will include daily Mass, a tour of the Shrines and the Candlelight Procession amongst other events. This Pilgrimage would suit youth aged 14yrs and above who would like to deepen their faith as part of this spiritual retreat and to strengthen our bonds as a deanery youth community. Any youth who are interested in attending will be encouraged to fundraise towards the ticket costs. If you are interested in attending the CYM Lourdes Pilgrimage this summer, please register your interest by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org, notifying your parish priest or completing the online form at: http://www.bromleydeanery.org/cym-youth-pilgrimage-to-lourdes-july-2020/ . The deadline to register your interest is 15th March 2020. We would also love to hear from any adult helpers who would be interested in accompanying us!
Head Teacher Vacancy: St James’s RC Primary School, Twickenham. An inspiring and energetic Head teacher is needed from Sept 2020 to guide this outstanding three-form entry school into the next chapter of its history and to provide a strategic focus on our faith and teaching and learning. Please see the school website for details and an application pack http://www.st-james.richmond.sch.uk/
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Maria Hubilou, Ann Couper-Johnston, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (8th March—15th March 2020) (Year A)
|Sunday 8th||SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (A)|
|Maurice Kiernan RIP
People of the Parish
Claire Barron RIP
Mosunmola Lalemi RIP
|9:30am||Danny Crowley RIP|
|John Lenden RIP
Henry & Elizabeth Wise
|Michael Joseph Healy RIP|
|Eddie Griffin RIP|
|Intentions of the Crowley Family|
|9:30am||Intentions of Geraldine Callanan|
|THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (A)
Annie Teresa Byrne RIP
The Holy Souls
People of the Parish
Archbishop Peter Smith RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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