The Third Sunday of Advent (C)


Third Sunday of Advent (C)

Mass Readings: 87 – 89

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60


First Reading: God is hope of his people who are crushed by misfortune.

Second Reading: St. James urges us to be patient with one another and patient regarding the Lord’s final coming.

Gospel: We see Jesus at work, and hear his words of praise for his imprisoned cousin John.


Isaiah uses the image of the desert, made fertile by rain, to portray the confident hope that God would restore his people, crushed by misfortune. Their most crippling disabilities—blindness, deafness and lameness—will be relieved when God sends salvation to his  people.

John the Baptist’s image of the Messiah was that of a stern judge who would execute a fiery judgement. But Jesus did not fit this image. Hence, John’s doubts about him. Jesus dispelled John’s doubts by showing that he was doing precisely the kind of things that had been predicted for the messianic times (by the prophet Isaiah). Once again, Matthew sees Jesus as the one who fulfils the messianic prophecies.

James is talking about the Second Coming of  Jesus. He urges the kind of patience and hope farmers show in waiting for the harvest, and which the prophets of old showed as they waited for the promises to be fulfilled.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.

Next Sunday’s teas (mulled wine and mince pies)

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 £519.89p + £506.96p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £1026.85p. The 2nd collection for Altar Flowers at Christmas was £93.14p. Thank you for your generosity. The retiring collection today is again for Altar Flowers at Christmas. 


Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Baby Jacob Atas, Arthur Lenden, Noel De Mello and Patrick “Pat” McNamara.

Baby Jacob Atlas’s funeral service will be on Thursday 3rd January at Beckenham Crematorium Chapel at 11.45am followed by the burial.

Noel De Mello’s funeral will be on Tuesday 18th December at 12 noon at St Anthony’s Church followed by cremation at 1.15pm at Beckenham Crematorium.

Patrick “Pat” McNamara’s funeral will be on Friday 28th December at 10.30am at St Anthony’s Church followed by the cremation at 11.45am at Beckenham Crematorium.

Arthur Lenden’s funeral will be on Friday 4th January at 1pm at St Anthony’s Church followed by the cremation at 2pm at Beckenham Crematorium.

May all of their souls rest in peace.


Blessed Sacrament: In response to the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed every Friday in December  from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

First Holy Communion Classes: The classes will continue in the new year.  There are four sessions in January, on Saturdays, the 5th and 12th January at 10.30 – 11.30am and on Tuesdays, the 8th and 15th January at 7.30pm.  All of the sessions are in the Parish Centre (no. 4 Genoa Road).

Christmas Fair: Thank you to all those who came along and supported our Parish Christmas Fair.  £1144 was raised by the Parish.  Many thanks to the organisers and helpers for their invaluable support.

Mass Intentions: Please book your 2019 masses now to avoid disappointment.

Advent Film: Father Stuart will be screening a film about St Anthony of Padua  this Wednesday at 7.30pm (19th December) in the Parish Centre.  All are welcome.

Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank this weekend (15th/16th December).  The Knights would like to thank all the parishioners of St Anthony’s for their generosity over the last year.  The Penge Food Bank is always delighted with the offerings that the Parish makes each month.

Catholic History Walks: London at Christmas and the New Year Sunday 16th December 2018 & Wednesday 2nd January 2019, both at 3pm. Join us for seasonal walks through Westminster and Victoria, taking in Christmas trees and crib-scenes. Meet at Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.

Christmas Carol Concert: There will be a Christmas Carol Concert in St Anthony’s Church on Monday 17th December at 6.30 pm. All are welcome.

Pilgrimage to Knock: Fully escorted St Patrick’s Weekend Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 16th March 2019.  £599.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

Repository: Please take a look at the Christmas gifts and Parish Christmas cards on sale in the Repository. Southwark Catholic Directories for 2019 are also now available in the Repository, priced at £3.

Prayerful Atmosphere: Please remember to keep the Church a sacred place by keeping the noise levels before and after Mass to a minimum.  Often visitors have commented on how peaceful St Anthony’s Church is, however, over the last few weeks the noise levels have increased.  Please think of others and talk quietly inside of the  Church. Thank you.

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


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (16th Dec—23rd Dec 2018) (Year: C)


Sunday                            16th     THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT  (C)

          <Gaudete Sunday>

(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  Elizabeth Dann  RIP

People of the Parish

Trype Family Thanksgiving

Vincent Cullen  RIP

Monday                           17th     Feria
     9:30am   Mary Cullen  int
Tuesday                           18th     Feria

                    (Requiem Mass) …..


12:00 noon


  Danny Sullivan  RIP

Noel De Mello  RIP

Patrick Donnegan  RIP

Wednesday                      19th     Feria
  9:30am   Jame Silva  RIP
Thursday                         20th     Feria
  9:30am   Christopher Alaneme  RIP
Friday                               21st     Feria


  Ambrose & Margharita Glover
Saturday                            22nd     Feria
  9:30am   Maud Thatcher

Sunday                               23rd


(Saturday) ….                     












Jean May McCloud  RIP

George Loader  RIP

People of the Parish

Liberation & Action of Grace—Gildo Silva

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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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