Mass Readings: Pages 96 – 99
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60
The modern traveller has become accustomed to the easy availability of roadside cafes, motorway services, motels, country inns, city hotels. In the days of Elisha the prophet there were no guest houses or fast-food stops. Those who travelled beyond the territory of their own family or tribe had to depend on the hospitality of strangers to survive. As we see from today’s first reading, Elisha is lucky in his travels: he meets a woman of means who invites him to break his journey and eat at her house. The hospitality must have been good because Elisha makes a habit of stopping there on his travels.
The woman sees that Elisha is a holy man, and she asks her husband’s permission to build an attic onto their house so that the prophet can have his own room when he stays with them. The husband must have agreed because the next we hear about Elisha is that he is resting in the upper room. The prophet wants to repay the hospitality of his hostess and he asks his servant for some ideas. His servant tells him: “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.” The servant is astute: he knows that the woman is entertaining this holy man because she hopes that she will receive the special blessing of a child. Her hope is fulfilled. The new guest will be her child. And soon the attic of the prophet will become the nursery of the new born.
The woman receives her reward. In the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel: “Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man because he is a holy man will have a holy man’s reward.” The woman’s reward for welcoming a holy man is the best she can have, she can have a family.
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 Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £451.75p + £413.87p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £865.62p. The 2nd collection for Peters Pence was £93.87p. Thank you for your generosity. The 2nd collection today is for Parish Funds.
Baptism Preparation: Please note, Baptism preparation classes will be on Thursdays, the 6th, 13th and 20th July at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
First Holy Communion: If your child would like to make their First Holy Communion then please complete an application form (available from the catechists).
Days of Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers: The Emmaus Centre will be holding 3 more Days of Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers. The dates are Saturdays 8th July, 2nd September and Wednesday 12th July. If you would like to attend one of the days then please contact the Emmaus Centre on 020 8777 2000.
Parish picnic: The Parish picnic will be on Sunday 9th July from 12.30 to 3 pm – please come along to share some food and drink and to meet old and new friends. This is a great way for us to get to know each other better. If you would like to help out, please phone or email the presbytery or speak to a member of the Parish pastoral council.
Garden Party: The Claver Convent are holding a fundraising garden party on the 8th July from 12 – 4pm. Address: 89 Shortlands Road, Bromley. Entrance is £1 for adults, children are free. Please see the notice board.
Crying Babies and Young Children: If your baby or young child is crying during the Mass please do use the confessional box instead of leaving the Church. We have now installed a monitor inside the confessional box which means parents and carers are able to watch the Mass from inside the confessional box.
Catholic Singles: The next meeting of the Singles group is on Saturday 8th July in no11 from 2.30 – 4.30pm. The theme for this meeting is ‘Intercessory Prayer for all Singles in the Church’. Further information from the co-ordinator on 075 7676 1990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not too late to join this group – new members always welcome.
CAFOD Talk: Father Peter Hughes is a missionary based in Peru. He will be holding a talk – Response of the Church in Latin America to Pope Francis’ Call. The talk will be at the Church of St Edmund of Canterbury Parish Hall (opposite the church), 20 Village Way, Beckenham, Kent on Thursday 13th July from 7 – 9pm. Please see the notice board for further details.
St Christopher’s Hospice 50th Anniversary Service at Southwark Cathedral, July 20th at 7pm: St Christopher’s Hospice celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and part of that celebration is a service at Southwark Cathedral. We would really like people in our local communities to be part of the congregation for this service, especially as many of them will have had the need to use St Christopher’s expertise at some stage in their lives for a family member or a friend. If you are interested in attending then send a SAE, together with a note of whether they would like one or two tickets to Southwark50@stchristophers.org.uk or write to Southwark50 Service, St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham SE26 6DZ.
The Passage Garden Party: The Passage helping homeless people. There will be a Garden Party in aid of The Passage in the historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 21 July 2017 from 6.00 p.m. Visit the oldest cultivated garden in England with a back drop of the Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Tickets £40 from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL tel. 020 7592 1856 email email@example.com which includes buffet supper, wine, soft drinks, live music and a prize raffle. Tickets are also available through passage-garden-party.eventbrite.co.uk
St Anthony’s Parish Annual Pilgrimage: Please place a note in your diary that this year’s pilgrimage will be to the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate on Saturday 23rd September. Coach will depart at 8.30 am and will return by 6.00 pm in the evening. It will also include a visit to the village of Sandwich in the afternoon. Coach Fare will be £18 per head. Bookings for the Pilgrimage will taken at the end of July.
Centre for Catholic Formation Courses: Please see the notice board for courses in Liturgy, Canon Law and the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. Please also see their website www.ccftootingbec.org.uk or contact them directly on 020 8672 7684 for further information.
Job Vacancy: Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School are seeking an Art Teacher. Please see their website for further details and the application form. The closing date is 10th July. Website: www.virgofidelis.org.uk
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Bridget McLaughlin, Ellen Garvey, John Barry, Margaret Southwell, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.
Please remember to switch off your phone.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (2nd –9th July 2017) (Year: A)
|Sunday 2nd||Thirteenth Sunday (A)|
|People of the ParishOlga & Lancelot Trype RIP
Leo Monteiro RIP
Michael O’Donoghue RIP
|Monday 3rd||St Thomas, apostle|
|9:30am||In honour of St Peregrine|
|9:30am7:00pm||John Lobo RIPDermot Enright RIP|
|9:30am||Hilda Carter RIP|
|9:30am||Renee Durkan RIP|
|9:30am||Robert Tremlett RIP|
|9:30am||Tom Reape RIP|
| Sunday 9th
| Fourteenth Sunday (A)
Intentions of Aimee Doody
Charlotte Farnon RIP
John & Mary Hayes RIP
People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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