Thirty-second Sunday


Thirty-second Sunday
Mass Readings: Pages 152 – 154
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60

Parable of the Lamps
Every Christian is meant to be a lamp carrier—a bearer of the light of Christ to a darkened world. But just like the
foolish bridesmaids we read about in today’s Gospel, we sometimes allow the precious light of Christ to grow dim, or even to go out altogether.
First Reading: This sings the praise of wisdom, which can be found by all those who seek it.
Second Reading: St. Paul consoles his converts at Thessalonika who are worried about the fate of their loved ones who have died before the return of the Lord.
Gospel: A story which urges us stay awake because we do not know the day nor the hour of the Lord’s coming. The First Reading eulogies wisdom. We see the wisdom exemplified in the five wise bridesmaids in the Gospel.  Whereas Paul expects the second coming of Christ to happen soon, Matthew has accepted that parousia may be delayed. The point of the parable is this: since the disciples do not know the day nor the hour of the Lord’s coming, they must be prepared so that when he comes they can enter his kingdom. To be prepared means to be a doer rather that a mere hearer of the word.

Sunday Teas:
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 Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £392.00p + £691.79p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 1083.79p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £62.38p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for Parish Funds.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Bernie (Bernadette) Kenny. The body will be received into the Church on Wednesday 15th November at 4.30pm and a Vigil mass will be held at 7.30pm. On Thursday 16th November Requiem Mass will be at 11am.

Baptism Preparation Classes: The classes will be on Mondays, the 20th and 27th November and the 4th December. Please note that these classes are the last ones for this year so please speak to Father Sunith if you would like to attend. It is important that you can attend ALL three classes. The next classes will not be until February 2018.

St Anthony’s Parish Christmas Fair: Please make a note that our Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 2nd December. 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.

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. There will be some disruption to the week-day morning masses.

Christmas Hamper Draw: The Knights of St Columba will be selling tickets for the Christmas Hamper Draw after all masses. The draw will be held at the Christmas Fair.

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

Parish Diaries: Parish diaries are now available. Donations will be very appreciated.

UCM: The annual subscription of £15 is due at the next meeting (20th November).

Parish Memorial Mass will be on the 18th of November at 11.30am. All welcome.

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. Why not come and join us and help to hold out God’s Hand of Love and Mercy? The next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by Father Neil Brett, will be held on Saturday 18th November at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB. We begin with 9.00am Mass, then begin our Rosary Procession at 9.40am following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes abortion centre, 88 Russell Road, IG9 5QB, returning at approx.11.30pm to the church to recite the Angelus, followed by refreshments. Full details: tel. 01727 763832 or e-mail

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 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

Advent Focus: David Wells will be leading this day at St Joseph’s on Monday 27th November. There will be three sessions. The first starts at 11am. Please see the poster on the notice board for further details. All are welcome to attend.

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.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (12th Nov—19th Nov 2017) (Year: A)

Sunday 12th Thirty-second Sunday (A)

(Saturday) 6:00pm   Deceased of the Knights of St Columba

9:30am    John & Robina Meyer

11:15am   Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP

5:30pm   People of the Parish

Monday 13th Feria

9:30am The Faithful in Elmers End Cemetery

Tuesday 14th Feria

9:30am  Anthony Donohoe RIP

7:00pm  In Thanksgiving

Wednesday 15th Feria

9:30am John Lenden & Arthur Thomas Lenden RIP

7.30pm  (Requiem Mass) Bernie Kenny RIP

Thursday 16th Feria

9:30am Bernie Kenny RIP

11:00am  (Requiem Mass) Bernie Kenny RIP

Friday 17th Feria

9:30am In Thanksgiving

Saturday 18th Feria

9:30am Paddy Kirby RIP

Sunday 19th Thirty-third Sunday (A)

(Saturday) 6:00pm Frank Conlon RIP

9:30am People of the Parish

11:15am Dec’d relatives & friends of the Trype Family

5:30pm Alan Condon RIP

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