The Seventh Sunday (C)


Seventh Sunday (C)

Mass Readings: 141-144

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60


First Reading: Because of his great success on the battle field. David was very popular with the people. As a result, Saul became jealous of him, saw him  as  a threat, and sought to kill him. This reading contains the moving story of how David had an opportunity to kill Saul, but refused to do so because in the eyes Saul, as king of Israel, was a sacred person. This prepares us for the Gospel which contains Jesus’ injunction to love our enemies.

Gospel: Love within one’s group for fellowship is a natural and universal human trait. What makes the disciples of Christ different from other people is their ability to love those outside their own group or fellowship, and even their enemies.

Jesus goes on to stress the obligations of fraternal charity. His disciples are to imitate the kindness and compassion of God. He  asks them to be compassionate, forgiving, and generous towards one another, and assures them that whatever they give to others will be given back to them with interest.

Second Reading: Having asserted the reality of the resurrection Paul passes to the manner of the resurrection and the nature of the risen body. He draws parallel between Adam and Christ. To Adam we owe the life of earth; to Christ we owe the life of heaven. We will be raised bodily, just  as Christ was raised bodily. But the resurrection-body will be very different from the body we now know. Fr. Flor Mccarthy


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 Knights of St Columba.

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

Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £594.18p + £190.00p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £784.18p. The 2nd collection in support of Racial Justice was £100.36p. Thank you for your generosity.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Janet Claire Sach, Joe Friday and Elaine Mitchell.  The funeral of Janet Claire Sach will  be at 11am on Thursday 28th February at Beckenham Crematorium.  Joe Friday’s funeral will be on Tuesday 26th March at 11am followed by the burial at Beckenham Cemetery.  Elaine Mitchell’s funeral will be at 12noon on Thursday 21st March followed by the burial at Beckenham Cemetery.  May their souls rest in peace.

Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament  every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.

Missio: Please bring your red Missio boxes in for counting.  Make sure your name is clearly labelled on the box and hand it to the clergy.  Thank you.

Holy Communion Classes: The next dates are on Saturdays, 2nd, 16th and 30th March at 10.30 – 11.30am in the Parish Centre.

Are you interested in setting up a bereavement befriending ministry?:  Please speak to Father Sunith for an informal chat about what this role would involve.  Full training would be given by the Southwark Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Team and is not suitable for those who have recently been bereaved.

UCM: The next UCM meeting will be on Monday 25th February at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.  There will be a speaker talking about the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool.  All are welcome to come along.

St David’s Day Concert: The Passage is a Christian Charity working with homeless people. Please support a St David’s Day concert in aid of The Passage at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Friday 1 March 2019 at 7.00pm.  The concert features the London Welsh Male Voice Choir with guest soloists Fflur Wyn (soprano) and Aled Wyn Davies (tenor) and Edward Stourton (Compère).  Please book online through Eventbrite (  Full details to book are on the website or telephone 020 75921856 or email

Week-end Silent Individually Guided Retreat, Friday 8 – Sunday 10 March, 2019, Led by: The House of Prayer Community, Cost: £160.00
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm  This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness 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.  To book, please contact us on: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail:

From No-thing to Something; from Something to Nothing (Part 1), Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March, Led by: Briji Waterfield, Cost: £160.00  Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm  All things come from God and all things return to God.  This flow – the great cosmic and mystical vision that underpins the Christian mystical journey – will be explored through some of the greatest Christian mystics: Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite, Richard St Victor and Eckhart.  This vision impacts how we live and how we find meaning and purpose as human beings.  Our time together will be spent in study and discussions, quiet reflection and regular periods of silent meditation.  This is Part 1 of two linked week-ends.  Part 2 will be held in October.  Book for both or one!  To book, please contact us on:  020 8941 2313 or e-mail:

Lent Quiet Morning: Finding the Treasure, Saturday, 23 March, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm,  Led by: Sr Melanie,  Cost: Donation  We each hold the unique treasure of God’s personal love for us, although sometimes we may doubt and feel discouraged.  But the treasure is there.  This morning of prayer and reflection is an opportunity to draw near to this Loving God.  To book, please contact us on: 020 8941 2313 or e-mail:

Flame 3 – 2nd March 2019: Don’t miss out, book your tickets now!!

We’re excited to announce that the biggest Catholic youth event in the UK is returning to London’s Wembley Arena, as CYMFED organise Flame 2019.  Many exciting speakers have already been announced and the day is expected to be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our shared faith on a grand scale.  The theme for this event is ‘#Significance’ and you can find out all about the programme for this event by visiting CYMFED’s website:  CYM Bromley Deanery will be taking a group to Flame this year and we will be travelling by coach.  We still have some tickets left at the discounted price of £20,  so if you are aged 14 – 29yrs and would like an amazing day, bring some friends and come along – tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out! To reserve your tickets and to find out more, email: or contact your parish office.

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

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (24th Feb—3rd Mar Feb 2019)  (Year: C)

Sunday                             24th     SEVENTH SUNDAY (C)


(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  Mai Kennedy

People of the Parish

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

Bridget D’Souza  RIP

Monday                            25th     Feria


  Zack D’Souza  (Int.)
Tuesday                           26th     Feria




  Bernadette Crea  RIP

Wellbeing of Sr. Aelred OSB

Wednesday                      27th     Feria
  9:30am   Canon John Bailey  RIP
Thursday                         28th     Feria




  Mrs Bridgetta Quinlivan
Friday                                1st     St David, patron of Wales




  Mrs W Howard  RIP
Saturday                            2nd     Feria
  9:30am   Intentions of the Maloney Family
Sunday                               3rd


(Saturday) ….                     










M J Healy  RIP

Wellbeing of Shaun Cuthbertson

People of the Parish

Patrick McNamara  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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