Thirty-First Sunday (B)
Mass Readings: 152 – 154
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
As though to underline the position in God’s revelation to his people in both Old and New Testaments, at various points in the Church’s liturgical calendar we have a recurrence of readings referring to the two great commandments. There is something very strengthening about this, and it helps to make sure that among all the other important and varied aspects of the revelation, we do not lose sight of our daily standard of living.
This Sunday in the first reading, Moses tells the people to fear God all the days of their life and to keep his laws and commandments and he continues by stating the first great commandment. In this version, of course, there is no mention of the neighbour which occurs elsewhere.
When asked in the Gospel by a Scribe, Jesus gives a longer version and adds that the second is this; You must love your neighbour as yourself. The Scribe applauds and amplifies his answer and Jesus commends him saying: You are not far from the Kingdom of God.
If we can keep these two great commandments close to our hearts and live them out, then we can be sure that we too are not far from the Kingdom of God, which is a joyful support day by day. It helps us to keep our focus beyond our own lives to the needs of others.
So how much are we prepared to love God and neighbour? Are we willing to offer our lives to God and dedicated ourselves to him? As for our neighbour are we willing to reach out and help when they need it? Are willing to be so caring that we are always trying to anticipate their needs?
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Knights of St Columba.
Next Sunday 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 £456.06p + £324.10p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £780.16p. The 2nd collection for our Church Repair Fund was £67.94p. Thank you for your generosity.
The 2nd collection next week will be for the Archbishop’s Administration Fund.
Baptism Preparation Classes; The next cycle of classes will begin on Thursday 15th November and will continue on the 22nd and 29th November at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (no. 4 Genoa Road).
First Holy Communion Classes: The classes will continue in November at the Parish Centre – Saturday 10th November at 10.30 – 11.30am and the 24th November with a Practice Reconciliation.
Deanery Deceased Clergy: There will be a mass for all the deceased clergy of the diocese held at St Edmunds Church in Beckenham on Tuesday 13th November at 11.30am. Please make every effort to attend this mass. Thank you.
Parish Memorial Mass: This will be on Saturday 17th November at 11am.
Annual Day of Recollection: Bishop Pat has invited all Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and Readers from parishes in his South East London Area to his annual Day of Recollection. This will take place on Saturday 17th November at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Please phone or email Deacon Roger Evans on 020 8467 3886 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can attend.
Christmas Fair: Our parish Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 1st December. Donations for saleable good will be collected each weekend after mass. Due to Health & Safety regulations it is not possible to sell Clothes, Electrical Goods, Out of Date food & drink, so please do not donate any of these items. If you are willing to help during the fair. Please give your name to Fr Sunith. Any volunteers will be most welcome. Thank you.
Mass Intentions: Please book your 2019 masses now to avoid disappointment.
Parish Diaries: They are now available in the Repository. Donations will be appreciated.
Christmas Gifts and Cards: Please take a look at the Christmas gifts and Parish Christmas cards on sale in the Repository.
Knights of St Columba: The Knights of St Columba will be selling raffle tickets (£1 a strip) for the Christmas Hamper next weekend.
Night Under the Stars: Please support the excellent work of The Passage by considering attending its annual concert Night Under The Stars at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 6th November at 7.30pm. This year’s concert is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. For details and booking visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118993-night-under-stars-northern-lights-2018 or telephone 020 3879 9555.
Consultation Survey: The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) are seeking your views as to how they can best encourage participation in parish life, spiritual growth and pastoral activities within our parish. The PPC would be grateful if you could take two minutes to complete their questionnaire which can be found at the back of the Church. They also welcome you to a consultation evening on Thursday 8th November at 7.30pm.
Good Counsel’s Pro-Life Ball is back! On Saturday 10th November 2018, come and join us for a night of fun, food and dancing! The evening starts at 6pm at The Palace Suite, The Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT. Tickets: £95 per person. Tables of 10 cost £900. To book tickets, please email GCNBALL@GMAIL.COM or call 07886000882 please mention any dietary requirements. Dress code is BLACK TIE.
Christ the King Youth Day: Are you in school years 7 and above? If so, you are warmly invited to Christ the King Youth Day at St Joseph’s Church, Bromley on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 2pm until 6pm. Preparations are underway for a day packed with fun, music, art and reflection led by the Catholic Youth Ministry Team and will be followed by a Youth Mass at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. If you would like to get involved with the musical activities, please make sure to bring your instruments with you on the day. So tell your friends and invite them along to enjoy a fantastic, youth-led celebration for the Feast of Christ the King. We look forward to seeing you there! (Suggested voluntary contribution £2)
Job Vacancies: Gardener/groundsman required at Bishop Challoner School from January 2019. For further details please contact Sue Long at email@example.com. Closing date is Friday 9th November.
Car Park: Please be considerate when you are parking. Please do NOT block the entrance. Your car may get damaged and the Church will not accept any responsibility for it.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (4th Nov—11th 2018) (Year: B)
|Sunday 4th||THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY (B)
|Intentions of Kim Vu
John McManus RIP
John Murray RIP
People of the Parish
|9:30am||Fr Thomas Foley RIP|
|Miss M Rogrigues
Jim Madden RIP
|Wednesday 7th||Dedication of St George’s Cathedral|
|9:30am||Fr Colin Murphy RIP|
|Alexio D’Souza RIP|
|Friday 9th||Dedication of The Lateran Basilica|
|Charlotte Farnon RIP
|Saturday 10th||St Leo the Great, pope|
|9:30am||John Raymond Vaz RIP|
|THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY ( B)
Nora Kenny RIP
Patrick, Alice & Liam Kelly RIP
Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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