Seventh Sunday (A)
Mass Readings: 139 – 142
Order of Mass: Pages 7- 60
God created man in his own image and likeness. In this sharing of divine nature of God, he invite us to a life of holiness as he is holy. The mortal man must strive to be holy in order to be truly adopted sons and daughters of God. The holiness of God is all encompassing; tolerating, enduring and loving. He is compassionate and loving.
It is the wish of God that we share in his nature. Thus, in the first reading, God commanded his chosen people to remain holy, tolerant and forgiving. The essence of this message was because the people of Israel were surrounded by other pagan nations; ungodly and unholy people. These might influence them and endanger the purity of their religion. They must remain a distinct nation; wholly and dedicated to the true God.
In the second reading and also in the gospel, as Christians, we are called to be a distinct people, reserved and preserved for God. Thus, we are God’s temple. The dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. We must not defile it. Christ charges us to continue to practise sincere forgiveness, love and tolerance. Vengeance must not be defined in our lives. Christ abrogated the Mosaic laws of retaliation “lex talionis”; an eye for an eye.
A true Christian must strive to imitate the infinitely loving, infinitely merciful, infinitely holy and infinitely forgiving father.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the SVP 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 £438.12 + £329.60 in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £767.72p. The 2nd collection for Racial Justice was £105.75p. Thank you for your generosity.
Today’s 2nd collection is to support Poor Parishes in Southwark Diocese.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Danny Crowley. The funeral for Danny Crowley will be on Friday 28th February at 12.30pm. May he rest in peace.
Baptism Preparation Classes: Please note that the next classes will be on Mondays, the 24th February and 2nd March at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road). There will not be any further classes until after Easter.
Holy Communion Classes: The classes continue on Saturdays, the 7th, 21st and 28th March at 10.30am in the Parish Centre.
Confirmation Classes: Please note the next classes will be on Thursdays, the 27th, 5th and 12th March 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 next film will be screened on Tuesday 25th February from 7.30pm – 8.30pm and will focus on The Joy of Hope Parts 1 and 2. Please see the notice board for the full programme. Please come and join us. All are welcome.
Lenten Masses in Croydon University Hospital: There will be a Mass on Ash Wednesday (26th February) at 12 noon and every Monday at 12 noon during Lent in the Hospital Chapel (Near Woodcroft Road). All are most welcome.
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 28 February at 7.00pm. The concert features the London Welsh Male Voice Choir with guest soloists Claire Jones (harp) and Aled Wyn Davies (tenor) and Guto Harri (Compère). Please book online through Eventbrite. Full details to book are on the website www.passage.org.uk or telephone 020 75921856 or email email@example.com
Penge Poets Evening: Like writing or listening to poetry? Then please join us on Saturday 7th March at the Blue Belle Cafe, 182 Maple Rod, SE20, at 7.30pm. First half: the poetry of Robert Frost (a friend of Walter de la Mare and therefore a Penge connection). Second half: read your own poems. Seats must be booked in advance in person at the café. Entry £5.00 includes nibbles and a non-alcoholic drink. Wine £2.00 extra. Evening ends at 9.30pm.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter: For the past 50 years Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering marriage enrichment retreats all around the world. Focused on couples who want to enrich their relationship and gain a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage, the retreat offers a unique experience. It’s a chance to explore your relationship at a deeper, more intimate level, regardless of how long you have been together. Thousands of couples in the UK have benefited from a Marriage Encounter weekend retreat, the next retreat is 6th – 8th March in Swindon, why not find out more at wwme.org.uk
De La Mare Poetry Competition: Write poetry? Submit a poem, no more than 20 lines, in the style of Walter de la Mare. No entrance fee. Send it by email with your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org with De La Mare Poetry Competition in the subject line. Closing date 17th April. A prize of £25 will be awarded to the winning poem. The winner will be invited to attend Walter de la Mare’s Birthday Party in Penge Library on 25th April.
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday Day is a day of fasting and abstinence. Mass times are 9.30am and 7.30pm.
Station of the Cross will be Wednesdays after 9.30am (not this Wednesday) Fridays at 7.30pm (Blessed Sacrament will be exposed) 8.30pm Benediction) and Sunday at 4pm.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (23rd Feb — 1st March 2020) (Year A)
|Sunday 23rd||SEVENTH SUNDAY (A)|
|Martin Green RIP
The Holy Souls
Charlotte & Ivan Farnon RIP
People of the Parish
|9:30am||George Loader RIP|
|Intentions of the Cashman Family
Gwen O’Brien (100th Birthday Ints)
|Wednesday 26th||Ash Wednesday|
|Day of Fasting & Abstinence||9:30am
Intentions of the Maloney Family
|Wellbeing of Patricia Kite|
(Requiem Mass) …………
|Intentions of Patricia Dillon
Danny Crowley RIP
|9:30am||Margaret Kyan Win (Thanksgiving Ints.)|
|FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (A)
People of the Parish
Magdalene Thomas (Special Intentions)
Conrad Thomas RIP
Alaneme Family (Thanksgiving Intentions)
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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