Thirty-third Sunday (B)
Mass Readings: 157 – 160
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
This Sunday is the second to last Sunday of our liturgical year. As we approach the end of the Church year, our Gospel invites us to consider Jesus’ predictions and teaching about the end of the world. In the context of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ words about this are spoken to his disciples as he prepares them for his passion and death. Before we consider Jesus’ words, it is important to note the political backdrop against which many think Mark’s Gospel was written. Most scholars concur that Mark wrote his Gospel for Christians living in or near Rome years after the death of Jesus. This was a time of political turmoil in Rome. In this time of political turmoil and persecution, many in Mark’s community might have wondered if the end times predicted by Jesus were in fact quite near.
Last Sunday we heard Jesus’ observation about the contributions being made to the temple treasury and the example of sacrificial giving that he saw in the poor widow’s offering. If we had been reading Mark’s Gospel continuously, we would have heard Jesus predict the destruction of the Temple, his teaching about the costs of discipleship, and the woes that will accompany the end times. Finally, we would have heard Jesus instruct his disciples about the need for watchfulness so that they will not be caught unprepared for this final day of judgment.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues this teaching by offering his disciples signs to look for that will indicate that the coming of the Son of Man is near. His words and images draw upon Old Testament imagery, especially images found in the Book of Daniel. Next, Jesus offers the lesson of the fig tree, a parable that teaches that if one knows how to read the signs, one can be prepared for the end times. Jesus also teaches, however, that no one knows when the end time will come, except the Father. In the verses that follow this reading in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus continues to warn his disciples to be on watch for this end time.
Jesus’ words are not spoken to frighten his disciples, nor should they frighten us. Rather, they are offered to prepare us for the changes we will experience during our lifetimes and at the end times. Our consolation and hope is found in the lasting nature of Jesus’ words and God’s never-ending love for us.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Next Sunday teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £408.22p + £467.65p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £875.87p. The 2nd collection for the Archbishop’s Administration Fund was £78.41p. Thank you for your generosity. The 2nd collection today is for our Church Repair Fund, and next week (National Youth Sunday) it will be for Southwark Catholic Youth Services.
First Holy Communion Classes: The classes will continue with a Practice Reconciliation on 24th November and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday 8th December.
Knights of St Columba: The Knights of St Columba are selling raffle tickets (£1 a strip) for the Christmas Hamper this weekend.
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.
UCM: The UCM will be meeting on Monday 19th November at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. It is the AGM and the £16 subscriptions are due.
Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights regularly collect for the Penge Food Bank. The next collection will be next weekend (24th/25th November).
Catholic History Walk: There will be a Royal Walk on Sunday 18th November at 3pm. A walk around Westminster to see Catholics and Royalty, from Henry VIII and his break with Rome to the present day. We walk towards Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.
Annual Cemetery Mass: The Annual Cemetery Mass at St Mary’s, Crown Lane, Chislehurst takes place at 12 noon on 24th November 2018 followed by the Blessing of the Graves.
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)
Carols in the Park: Come join us in Alexandra Recreation Ground on Sunday December 2nd to sing carols in the park accompanied by the wonderful Beckenham Concert Band. Meet by the Victorian fountain at 3.00pm where carol booklets will be issued. Then, at 3.45pm, after we have sung, we go to Holy Trinity Centre for free mulled wine and mince pies. There is also a raffle, a cake stall, a Penge Food Hub stall and further music. Ends at 5.00pm. All welcome.
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 (18th Nov—25th Nov 2018) (Year: B)
|Sunday 18th||THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY (B)
<World Day of the Poor>
|Deceased members of the KSC
People of the Parish
Paddy Kirby RIP
Alan Condon RIP
|9:30am||Ian Kilgannon RIP|
|Nell Colling RIP
George & Agnes Edwards
|Wednesday 21st||The Presentation of the BVM|
|9:30am||Georgina Barry RIP|
|Thursday 22nd||St Cecilia|
|9:30am||Mary Lukeman RIP|
|George Loader RIP|
|Saturday 24th||Ss Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions|
CHRIST THE KING (B)
Trype family dec’d relatives & friends
Ruby D’Souza RIP
Charles Singende RIP
People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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