Twenty-Fourth Sunday (B)


Twenty-Fourth Sunday (B)

Mass Readings: 132 – 135

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47

         Peter is right when he calls Jesus the Christ. Jesus shows that when we accept this we are called to act. To take up our cross, stand up to the world for the Lord is our vindicator. A faith that does not act in the world is not in full communion with Christ. By following the example of the disciples and Christ we show our faith is fully alive.

Today there is much less emphasis on justification by faith alone and the pendulum has swung the other way, so that if anything, people are relying too heavily on doing and not enough on faith, or on being. To be overly busy may diminish reliance upon God in faith and the concentrated effort of endeavouring to do everything by oneself without reference to God. There is indeed much to be done in almost every direction. There never seems enough time or enough people to work. But the balance enormously important and there is no way that St. James would want us to do the deeds without faith. It is also particularly necessary to realize at the end of each day that not all has been achieved and much we must leave to God, as we go to bed saying our prayers.

By not giving time to the Lord we run the very real risk of burnout in what we do. This situation happens again and again; people feel that they can get on with their lives without the Lord. All they need is themselves. Even if they are committed in their faith they feel that they are too busy to pray to the Lord and deepen their relationship with him. When things start to go wrong then they have no one to turn to. They have not had the practice of immersing themselves in the Lord and are lost.

Sunday Teas:

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 Group.

Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.

Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £666.02p +£471.50p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £1137.52p. The 2nd collection for the Catholic Education Service was £130.97p. Thank you for your generosity.

Today’s 2nd collection is for Home Missions (spreading the Gospel in our own country).

Recently Deceased: Please pray for the souls and families of John Hubert McManus and Gerald Christopher Dubey.  The funeral for John McManus will be on Wednesday 26th September at 12.30pm followed by Beckenham Crematorium at 2pm.

The funeral for Christopher Dubey will be on Monday 17th September at 2.30pm at Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, London.

May their souls rest in peace.

Parish Email Address: Please note that the Parish email address has now changed to

First Holy Communion Classes: The next key dates for September are Tuesday 25th September and Saturday 29th September.

Annual Parish Pilgrimage: Minister Abbey and Broadstairs – Saturday 29th September, 8:30am start. Cost £25 which includes a £6 donation to the Abbey. Booking with fares will be taken after all weekend masses.

Knights of St Columba Annual Parish Barn Dance: This will be held on Friday 19th October at the Melvin Hall, Melvin Road. It will start at 7.30pm. Price of admission is £8 for adults. The Knights will be selling tickets for this event next weekend.

Please note that The Sisterhood of St Elisabeth are visiting the parish this weekend.  Please see the poster on the notice board.

Gift Aiders (a): If you have not yet collected your new boxed set of envelopes (valid from June 2018) for your cash donations to the scheme or if you require one, please let us know and we will sort it out.  (Note: If you are a taxpayer and are not in our gift-aid scheme, please do consider joining. Forms are available in the narthex).

Gift Aider (b): Through your support of our scheme, we have recently received a tax rebate cheque of £7,744.68p from HMRC for the year 2017/2018. Thank you all. (If you do pay tax, please consider joining our scheme)

Mass Intentions:  There are some vacant week-day mass intention slots still available for September & October. Please let us know if you wish to arrange a mass for these times. Please do not email requests to the presbytery. Thank you.

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.

Catholic History Walks: Please see the poster on the notice board which displays details of the next walks in September and October.

UCM: The UCM will be meeting on Monday 17th September at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Hospital Admissions: If you are due to be admitted to hospital or if you know of a parishioner who has been admitted to hospital then please let one of the clergy know. Thank you.

Repository: Please remember to take a look at the repository before you leave the Church, there is a good range and variety of cards available as well as beautiful bibles, books and gifts.

Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn and  Michael Creech.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (16th Sept—23rd Sept  2018) (Year: B)


Sunday                          16th     TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY (B) 
(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  The Holy Souls

Bridget McLaughlin  RIP

Fr Tom McHugh  (Int)

People of the Parish

Monday                         17th     Feria
     9:30am   For success in exams
Tuesday                          18th     Feria




  Rachael Loader  RIP

Paraic Durkan  Ints.

Wednesday                      19th     Feria




  Deceased of the Seemann Family
Thursday                        20th       Ss Andrew Kim Tae-gon + Paul Chong Ha-sang and Companions
  9:30am   Molly Ryan  RIP
Friday                              21st     St Matthew, apostle


  Marguerite Conn  RIP.
Saturday                          22nd      Feria
  9:30am   Tracey McGarel  RIP
Sunday                             23rd   


(Saturday) ….                     










People of the Parish

George Loader  RIP

Martha Maloney  RIP

Joseph Chukumah  RIP

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St Anthony of Padua RC

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