Thirty-third Sunday


Thirty-third Sunday
Mass Readings: Pages 155 – 157
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60

First Reading: at first sight, this passage describes the perfect wife (such as a future bridegroom will be looking for), and it does. But it also describes the ideals of wisdom. So feminists need not fear that it belittles women; on the contrary, the virtues women display are the ones all wise people should have.
Psalm: this ‘wisdom psalm’ continues the theme, that the truly blessed are those who “fear the Lord”.
Second Reading: fittingly as we approach the end of the Church’s year, St Paul focuses on the Day of Judgement to come. But as we are ‘children of the light and of the day’ we need not fear it if we stay awake and sober in our spiritual lives.
Gospel: in the Parable of the Talents, the problem with the third servant is that he had no concern for, no love for the master. We, to whom many gifts have been entrusted, must demonstrate our love for Christ by using  those gifts in service of God and of neighbour.

Sunday Teas:
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.

Last Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £613.28p + £475.70p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 1088.98p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £78.75p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for the Archbishop’s Administration Fund.

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of Elizabeth Morrison and Lily Donohoe. Elizabeth Morrison’s Requiem mass will be on Monday 27th November at 2pm.
Lily Donohoe’s Requiem Mass will be on Friday 8th December at 12noon.

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.

Knights of St Columba Food Bank Collection: The Knights are collecting for the Penge Food Bank next weekend (25th/26th November). They will collect regularly on the last weekend of each month.

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.

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+.

Mass for Community Sponsorship of Refugees: There will be a mass at 2.30pm on Saturday 2nd December at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Please see the notice board for further information.

Good Counsel Network: “It’s folly that Jeremy Corbyn and MPs want to restrict freedom of speech/prayer outside abortion clinics. Let’s pray for their conversion.” Bishop Philip Egan. Find out what is behind the Bishop’s statement by having a look at the work of the Good Counsel Network; Please see the notice board for further information.

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 (19th Nov—26th Nov 2017) (Year: A)

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 Tyrpe Family
5:30pm Alan Condon RIP

Monday 20th Feria
9:30am George & Agnes Edwards RIP

Tuesday 21st The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

9:30am Joseph & Violet Fernandez RIP
7:00pm Bernie Kenny RIP

Wednesday 22nd St Cecilia
9:30am John & Sheila Mackesy RIP

Thursday 23rd Feria
9:30am George Loader RIP

Friday 24th Ss. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
9:30am Special Intentions

Saturday 25th Feria
9:30am Mrs. Lucie Seemann RIP

Sunday 26th Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (A)

(Saturday) 6:00pm M Lashley
9:30am Dec’d of the Monteiro & Alphonso Families
11:15am John Murray RIP
5:30pm People of the Parish

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