Twenty-fourth Sunday


Twenty-fourth Sunday

Mass Readings: Pages 128 – 131
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60


   First Reading:  In refusing to forgive those who have sinned against us, we exclude ourselves from receiving God’s forgiveness for our sins.

  Second Reading: The entire existence of a Christian is for  Christ and for others.

  Gospel: We must be willing to extend to others the generous forgiveness God extends to us.

Today’s Gospel raises the question of sin between brothers and sisters, that is, fellow Christians. The psalm talks about the greatness of God’s forgiveness . Anyone who is forgiven has an obligation to forgive. If we cannot bring ourselves to do this, it is an indication that we really haven’t experienced God’s forgiveness. The position of the servant in Jesus’ story was absolutely hopeless. He owed the king so much money that even if he worked forever, he would not be able to repay him. This is our situation before God. We can not win  God’s forgiveness. All we can do is plead his mercy.


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 £656.18p + £489.22p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £1145.40p. The 2nd  collection for the Catholic Education Service was £78.57p.  Thank you for your generosity.       The retiring collection today is for the support of The Home Missions (spreading the gospel throughout England & Wales).

Recently Deceased:  Please pray for the souls and families of Ellen Sweeney and Grenville George Green.  Ellen Sweeney’s funeral will be this Thursday (21st September) at St Anthony’s Church at 12 noon followed by the burial at Elmers End Cemetery at 1.30pm.
Grenville George Green’s funeral will be at Lewisham Crematorium Chapel on Monday 2nd October at 9.30am.  May their souls rest in peace.

First Holy Communion – Final Call for Applications:  If your child is in Year 3 or is 8+ years of age and would like to make their First Holy Communion then please complete an application form (available from the catechists). The closing date for applications is Monday 18th September.

First Holy Communion Team: There will be a meeting on Tuesday 19th September at 7.45pm at the presbytery for those assisting with the First Holy Communion classes.

First Holy Communion Parents Evening: There will be a parents evening for the First Holy Communion candidates at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st September in the Parish Centre.

Confirmation Classes: Any young people aged 12 or over who wish to join this year’s Confirmation group should give their names to Father Stuart as soon as possible.  An application form is available in the Narthex.

St Anthony’s Pilgrimage to St Augustine’s Shrine, Ramsgate: Cost is £18 each.  Bookings and payments will be taken after all the Sunday masses.  Prompt 8.30am departure from the Church next Saturday (23rd September).

The Knights of St Columba Annual Barn Dance: This popular Parish Event is taking place on the evening of Friday 29th September at the Royston Club. Tickets on sale from the Knights after all Sunday Masses. Cost is £6.00 per ticket.

London Training – 30th September 2017 – St Mary’s London 

The training day is for anyone who would be interested in helping couples in their churches or communities. If you would like to book on to a training day please follow this link:

How to be a disciple making disciple: Prayer, Faith, Loving service and the Sacramental Life – A talk on 25th Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Bishop Mark O’Toole.  Monday 2nd October at 6.30pm at St Patrick’s Church, 21A Soho Square, London.  £5 on the door.  Book your place at

Open Mornings at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School: If you have a child due to start school in September 2018, you are invited to one of our open mornings.  Come along and see our school at work.  St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School is rated good by Ofsted and in our recent Diocesan inspection was judged as an outstanding Catholic School.  We look forward to welcoming you on either 6th or 13th October 2017 at 9.15am to 10.15am.

Young Catholic Adult Weekend: Are you 18 – 40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire on the weekend of the 20th – 22nd October with Lawrence Lew O.P. and Canon Poucin ICKSP. To book go to   For updates go to:  For more details goto:- Prices start from £18.50.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers: The annual day of recollection for the South East area will take place at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, SW16 2HY on Saturday 11th November.  If you would like to attend then please complete and return the form which can be found in the sacristy. 

Job Vacancies: Deputy Headteacher at St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury from January 2018. For further information, please contact the school on 01227-462539. Advert available on Closing date: Monday 2nd October at 12noon.
Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School are seeking an Art Teacher to start November 2017 and a School Site Supervisor to begin as soon as possible.  Please see the website or call 020 8655 9083.

Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Bridget McLaughlin, Ellen Garvey, 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.

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MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (17th—24th Sept 2017) (Year: A)


Sunday                         17th     Twenty-fourth Sunday (A) 

<Home Mission Sunday>

(Saturday) …..






  Intentions & Good Health of Ashley P.

Priest’s Intention

Wellbeing of Marion Lorman

People of the Parish

Monday                         18th        Feria
         9:30am   Rachael Loader  RIP
Tuesday                         19th     Feria




  Andy Cassidy  RIP

Andy Cassidy  RIP

Wednesday                    20th     Ss Andrew Kim Taegon,  

Paul Chong Hasang & Companions

   9:30am   Molly Ryan  RIP
Thursday                       21st     St Matthew, apostle


  Marguerite Conn  RIP
Friday                             22nd         Feria
     9:30am   George Loader  RIP
Saturday                         23rd     St Pius of Pietrelcina   (Padre Pio)
  9:30am   Martha Maloney  RIP

Sunday                            24th


                             (Saturday) …                           












Twenty-fifth Sunday (A)


Joseph Chukumah  RIP

Laura Edith Elders  RIP

People of the Parish

Esme Maple  RIP




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