Thirty-first Sunday


Thirty-first Sunday

Mass Readings: Pages 149 – 152
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60


Jesus had some harsh criticism to make of the Scribes and Pharisees. He called them hypocrites, because they didn’t practise what they preached. Which of us can truthfully say that our deeds match our words?  Each and every time we come to celebrate the Eucharist we are called by God to a life of truth and genuine goodness.

First reading: The prophet berates the priests of his day for failing to live up to their calling.

Second Reading: Paul reminds us the Thessalonians of his love and care for them, and how hard he worked to bring them the Good News.

Gospel: Jesus launches a strong attack on the Scribes and Pharisees, but what he says important to us.

Malachi attacks the laxity and carelessness that have set in regarding morality and worship. He specially takes the priests to task, berating them for not living up to their .calling, and thus being responsible for erosion of faith among people.

In the Gospel we see how strong Jesus was in his criticism of those who use religion to gain spiritual power, and who do not live what is in the heart of religion: love and compassion, justice and faith.

Matthew applies it to Christian leaders, who are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the Pharisees. The message is as relevant now as it was back then.

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 Week’s Collections:  The 1st collection was £545.89p + £446.52p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 992.41p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £98.87p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for Parish Funds.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Salvatore Piazza and Bernie (Bernadette) Kenny.
Salvatore Piazza’s Requiem mass will be on the Tuesday 7th November at 12noon.
Bernie Kenny’s Requiem mass will be on Thursday 16th November at 11am.

Church Electrics: Please note that the Diocesan Art and Architecture committee  has approved the plan for the new lighting system. Once we have heard from the Diocesan Finance Office we will hopefully get the system installed. This will mean that there will be some disruption to the week-day morning masses.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers: The annual day of recollection for the South East area will take place at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, SW16 2HY on Saturday 11th November.  If you would like to attend then please complete and return the form which can be found in the sacristy. 

St Anthony’s Parish Christmas Fair: Please make a note that our Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 2nd December. The collection of donated goods for the Christmas Fair will start this weekend. Please donate items in good condition. We are unable to take electrical items, second hand clothing or food. The popular bottle stall will also need donations that are still in date. We will be collecting up until the date of the Fair.  Thank you.

Christmas Hamper Draw: The Knights of St Columba hope to start selling tickets for the Christmas Hamper Draw after all masses this weekend. The draw will be held at the Christmas Fair.  £1 per strip of tickets.

Parish Calendars: Calendars depicting all the Parish Stations of the Cross are now available from the repository, priced at £5 each

Congratulations and Prayers: Michelle and Theodora Nwobbi have achieved PIN level for Faith in Action 2017 and will receive their awards at the ceremony on 11th November.  Please pray for them and their future success.

Fundraising Concert: The Passage, a Christian Charity working with homeless people, is holding a fundraising concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 7 November on the theme Russian Soul with Griff Rhys Jones as presenter. The music includes pieces by Rachmaninov, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky with soloists Boris Giltburg, Duncan Rock and Robert Lloyd.  For more details visit or call 020 7592 1856

London Evenings of Faith- Autumn 2017: All are welcome to a series of talks on the theme ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ at 7:00pm on alternate Tuesdays from 7 November 2017 (subsequent talks are 21 November, 5 December & 19 December). Talks are held in The Challoner Room, Basement, 24 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly). Pizza & wine/ juice served. Full dates and details are available at

Divine Mercy Retreat: Run by the Marian Fathers on Sunday 12th November from 2.15pm to 5.30pm at the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord, 165 – 169 Kirkdale, Sydenham, SE26 4QL. For more information please see the notice board or contact: Divine Mercy Apostolate—Marian Fathers, phone: 020 89980925; email: or visit

Watch RISE Theatre’s new play about Blessed Oscar Romero: We are delighted to welcome RISE Theatre, a professional Christian theatre company, who will be performing their original play ‘Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador’ at St James, Petts Wood on Sunday 26th November at 7.30pm. Come and experience this exciting new play, performed with energy and passion by the RISE Theatre team –  For tickets please contact the Parish office on 01689 827100/ or visit  The performance lasts approximately 75 minutes and is suitable for adults and children 11+.

Carols in the Park: At 3.00pm on Sunday December 3rd in Alexandra Recreation Ground, the Friends of Cator and Alexandra singing traditional carols accompanied by the wonderful Beckenham Concert Band. Afterwards there will be free mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies in the Holy Trinity Centre, Lennard Road. Plus: nibbles by Himalayan Kitchen, Penge Food Assembly stall, SE20 Art Group Christmas cards and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. See you there!

Job Vacancy: St Anthony’s Primary School is seeking a caretaker.  The successful candidate will have good spoken and written communication skills and will fully support the school’s ethos.  Full details can be obtained from the school office on 020 8778 7681 or by emailing

Please pray for the sick of the Parish:

Bridget McLaughlin, John Barry, Margaret Southwell, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Marie Harris and Michael Creech.

Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.

Please remember to turn off your mobile phones  


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (5th Nov—12th Nov 2017) (Year: A)

Sunday                           5th      Thirty-first Sunday (A)
(Saturday) …..






  Fleming Family living & departed

George Butterly  RIP

People of the Parish

Nora Kenny  RIP

Monday                          6th        Feria
         9:30am   Charlotte Farnon  RIP
Tuesday                          7th     Dedication of St George’s Cathedral

     (Requiem Mass) ………


12 noon


  Joan & Richard Maple

Salvatore Piazza  RIP

Terry McGinnie  RIP

Wednesday                     8th     Feria


  Alexio D’Souza  RIP
Thursday                        9th      Dedication of The Lateran Basilica
  9:30am   Bernie Kenny  RIP
Friday                             10th         St Leo the Great, pope
     9:30am   Deceased of the Legion of Mary
Saturday                         11th     St Martin of Tours
  9:30am   Michael Sparrow  RIP

Sunday                            12th


                             (Saturday) …                           












Thirty-second Sunday(A)    <Remembrance Day>


Deceased of the Knights of St Columba

John & Robina Meyer

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

People of the Parish







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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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