Thirty-Second Sunday (C)
Mass Readings: 160 – 164
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
A feature of 2 Maccabees is its confident teaching on the afterlife. Our reading tells the story of the martyrdom of a mother and her seven sons. This is an example of the resistance of the Jews against their Syrian conquerors. The woman and her sons drew their strength from faith in the resurrection of the just. And it is this latter idea that connects the reading with the Gospel.
Jesus gets drawn into the argument that went on between the Saducees and the Pharisees regarding the resurrection. The Saducees did not believe in the resurrection; the Pharisees did.
Jesus used the man’s insincere inquiry as an opportunity to deliver a genuine teaching. The first thing he did was to challenge the assumption that the after life is just a continuation of this life, with some extras thrown in. It is a completely new mode of existence.
He then went on to use another argument to support belief in the resurrection of the dead. God is known as a God of the living. But he is also known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This means that the patriarchs must be still living.
The Thessalonians had experienced hostility from the beginning of their conversion. It is against this background that Paul writes this message of hope.
He prays that God, who has given them such hope, will comfort and strengthen them so that they may persevere in goodness. Then he asks that they pray for him so that his preaching of the Gospel may triumph despite the hostility of the people.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £500.26p + £300.41p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £800.67p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £128.77p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s 2nd collection is for the Archbishop’s Administration Fund (helping towards the costs of running the diocese).
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Father Tom Creagh-Fuller. His most recent parishes were Forest Hill and Brixton. Further details of the funeral are to be announced.
May his soul rest in peace.
Please note: The presbytery is closed on Wednesdays.
Spirituality and Reflection Film: This month’s film will be screened on Tuesday 12th November at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome.
First Holy Communion Classes: Please note that the next classes will be on Saturdays 23rd and 30th November from 10:30 – 11:45am (parents and children) and Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm (Parents Meeting Reconciliation) in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road). Then on Saturday 14th December at 10.30am there will be the Parish Reconciliation Service.
Confirmation Classes: Please note the next classes will be on Thursdays, the 21st November, 5th and 19th December at 7pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).
Memorial Mass: Please note that St Anthony’s Memorial Mass will be on Saturday 16th November at 11.30am.
Mass Intentions: There are still a few vacant week-day mass intention slots available for December, and we are also now booking masses for next year (2020). Please do not e-mail your requests, but either give your intention envelope to Fr Sunith or put it in the presbytery letter-box. Thank you.
Farewell Reception for Father Stuart: We invite parishioners to a farewell reception for Father Stuart at Melvin Hall, Melvin Road on Saturday 23rd November from 12.30 – 2.30pm. Food and drinks will be provided.
Christmas Fair: Please note that the Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 7th December. All offers of help welcome. Please note that donations for the Fair will be gratefully received. Please note that saleable items only are wanted so please do not donate clothes, electrical items or out of date food or bottles. Thank you.
Christmas Fair Hamper: The Knights of St Columba will be selling raffle tickets, for the popular Christmas Fair Hamper, after all weekend masses. £1 per entry.
Cemetery Mass: There will be a Cemetery Mass at St Mary’s, Chislehurst at 12 noon on Saturday 16th November.
Catholic Evangelisation Film: On the 18th November, a docudrama ‘Love and Mercy: Faustina’ will be screened. The film sheds new light on the truth of the Divine Mercy message. Please see http://loveandmercyfilm.co.uk for further information. Tickets can be purchased from Odeon cinemas in Streatham, Wimbledon, Greenwich, Holloway Road, Kingston, Lee Valley, Woodford and Uxbridge. The trailer is on you tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOVm26ecsdg
The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. We invite you to join us for our next peaceful, prayerful vigil which will be held on Friday 22nd November at St. Francis’ Church, 126 Week Street, Maidstone ME14 1RH. We begin with 10.30am Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. We begin our Rosary Procession at 11am following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes abortion centre, Brewer Street, where we pray 20 decades of the Rosary and the Divine Marcy Chaplet, returning at approx.1pm for refreshments nearby. Full details on poster in church porch or contact tel. 01727 76 3832 or 077 477 46411 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Repository Gifts: Please take a look at the range of cards and gifts available in the repository. There are now Advent Calendars in stock.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (10th Nov—17th Nov 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 10th||THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY (C)|
|Dec’d members of the Legion of Mary
Patrick, Alice & Liam Kelly RIP
People of the Parish
John Vaz RIP
|Monday 11th||St Martin of Tours|
|9:30am||John Tracy RIP|
|Tuesday 12th||St Josaphat|
|Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller RIP
Deceased Knights of St Columba
|9:30am||The Faithful in Elmers End Cemetery|
|9:30am||Frank Conlon RIP|
|William John Long RIP|
|9:30am||Susan Conlon-Keys RIP|
|THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY (C)
People of the Parish
Fr Kieran Barry-Ryan RIP
Dec’d R & F of the Trype Family
Alan Condon RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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