The Third Sunday of Lent


Third Sunday of Lent

Mass Readings: Pages 154 – 157
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47

First Reading: the God-given Decalogue – or the Ten Commandments as we usually call them. In the context of the Exodus, they “point out the conditions of a life freed from the slavery of sin” (Catechism of the Catholic Church).  In our context, as Jesus said on many occasions this sacred Law is still valid: the Ten Commandments state what is required in the love of God (the first three) and love of neighbour (the other seven).

The Psalm is a psalm of praise of God’s law, which alone gives eternal life.

 Second Reading:  strange as it may seem, our faith is centred on the crucifixion of Christ.

 Gospel:  in His cleansing of the Temple Jesus (rather like an Old Testament prophet) protests against the profanation of God’s house. But only after His resurrection did the disciples come to realise that in speaking of the restoration of the Temple Jesus was making a prophecy of His own Resurrection.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Knights of St Columba.

Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.

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

Last Sunday’s Collections:  The 1st collection was £553.97p + £345.80p in  Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 899.77p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £63.58p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for CAFOD/Family Fast Day. <CAFOD is the official international development & relief agency of the Catholic Church>

Stations of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross will be on Wednesdays after 9.30am mass, Fridays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm.  

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 at 7.30pm on the following Wednesdays – 7th March, St Catherine of Sienna; 14th March, Michelangelo; 21st March BI, John Henry Newman; 28th March, G.K. Chesterton.  All are welcome.

Reconciliation Service: There will be a Reconciliation service at 11am on Saturday 17th March.

Knights of St Columba: There will be a short ceremony during the 6pm Mass on Saturday 10th March for the Installation of Officers to our local KSC Council.

Top of the Pew Competition: St Anthony’s Parish has been drawn to play Hayes Free Church at home in the annual Top of the Pew Competition. The match will be played on Sunday 15th April at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Please come along and support St Anthony’s Parish team.

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage: If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th+ wedding anniversary this year, please give your names as soon as possible. Please use the form provided (at the back of the church) and write very clearly so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. The Mass will be on Saturday 16th June at St George’s Cathedral.

London Evenings of Faith – Winter/ Spring 2018: All are welcome to the final talk from a series of talks on the theme ‘The spirit of Vatican II’. The final talk will be held at 7pm on Tuesdays 13 March in The Challoner Room, Basement, 24 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly). Cheese & wine/ juice served. Full dates and details are available at

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.

National Catenian Public Speaking Competition: On Thursday 15th March at 5.30pm at St Gregory’s Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9XL.  Students from the 6th forms of St Thomas Apostle, Peckham, Bishop Thomas Grant, Streatham and Sacred Heart, Camberwell will be among those taking part. Why not come along and support them? Details from John Woodhouse or text 07908888586.

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

Spring Walk: Join the Friends of Cator and Alexandra on Sunday 18th March for a leisurely walk around Cator Park and Alexandra Recreation Ground via the River Pool embankment. Thousands of spring bulbs should be in bloom. Meet at 2.00pm by the Friends notice board in Cator Park. A free walk lasting about 1.5 hours although donations gratefully received. The walk ends at Alexandra Nurseries.

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 or call 020 8402 0459. The poster is on the noticeboard.

Please pray for the sick of the ParishJohn 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 (4th —11th March 2018) (Year: B)


Sunday                           4th      Third Sunday of Lent  (B)
(Saturday) …          






  Ivan D’Cruz  RIP

Charles Griffin  RIP

Peace & Prosperity

People of the Parish

Monday                          5th     Feria


  Vincent Lynch  RIP
Tuesday                          6th     Feria




  Sheila Ball  RIP

Henry & Elizabeth Wise  RIP

Wednesday                     7th     Feria




  Esme & Clarence Crusz
Thursday                         8th      Feria
  9:30am   Marion Healy RIP
Friday                               9th         Feria
     9:30am   Alphonso Apicella  RIP
Saturday                          10th     Feria


  The Holy Souls
Sunday                             11th   


(Saturday)  …                                               










  Fourth Sunday of Lent  (B) <Laetare Sundsay>


Ints of Seminarian Christopher Butler

Mr O. Gomes

Maurice Kiernan  RIP

Thanks for God’s mercies & protection



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