Twenty-Ninth Sunday (B)
Mass Readings: 146 – 149
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
Apart from the time when we celebrate the passion and death of Christ at the end of Lent and the daily reminder of the sacrifice of the Mass, fairly frequently in the prophets and in the New Testament we come across the suffering of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah’s well known passage which is our first reading today is his prophecy of the suffering servant. He states quite clearly the offering of his life in atonement, then, when his anguish is over ‘he shall see the light and be content.’ The picture spreads over far more than these few verses and is one of mockery, derision, abuse and degradation which make him unrecognizable, a worm and no man. Reading these passages especially at any time when one doubts God’s love or the cost he has been prepared to pay, we find very salutary. It sets us back, takes us away from self pity and brings a sense of proportion and reality to the little we suffer or endure compared to the wounds and agonizing death of Jesus Christ for us. ‘By his suffering shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself.’
Over against this somber and heart rending picture, the Gospel tells us of the sons of Zebedee who are asking Jesus to put them on his right and left in his kingdom. Jesus says it is not for him to promise but can they drink the cup of suffering he has to drink? Boldly they say they can. Did they really understand what they were saying yes to. So Jesus says this baptism will happen and ends with repeating their need not to become great and first but a servant.
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 £452.68p + £435.78p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £888.46p. The 2nd collection for our Church Repair Fund was £79.86p. Thank you for your generosity.
The 2nd collection today will be for MISSIO/ World Missions .
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 Due to Health & Safety regulations it is not possible to sell Clothes, Electrical Goods, Out of Date food & drink, so please do not donate any of these items.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.
First Holy Communion Classes: The classes will continue in October – Reconciliation); Saturday 27th October at 10.30 – 11.30am (Parish Centre).
Mass Intentions: There are some vacant week-day mass intention slots still available for November & December. Please let us know if you wish to arrange a mass for these times. Please do not email requests to the presbytery. Thank you.
Christmas Gifts and Cards: Please take a look at the Christmas gifts and Parish Christmas cards on sale in the Repository.
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.
Consultation Survey: The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) are seeking your views as to how they can best encourage participation in parish life, spiritual growth and pastoral activities within our parish. The PPC would be grateful if you could take two minutes to complete their questionnaire which can be found at the back of the Church. They also welcome you to a consultation evening on Thursday 08 November at 7.30pm.
CYM Youth Choir – Faith in Action Award Ceremony 10th November:
Calling all young people (and adults) who would be interested in forming a choir to perform at the Faith in Action Awards Ceremony this year (10th November 2018). We will be performing ‘Any Dream Will Do’ from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and rehearsals will be taking place on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 8.30pm in St Joseph’s Church, Plaistow Lane, Bromley. Although the choir will be formed initially to participate in the FIA Awards ceremony, we would love to see the deanery youth coming together to participate at many other events in the near future. Spread the word in your parishes and amongst your friends! For more details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catenian Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition: The Province 7 heat of the national Catenian Sixth Form public speaking competition was won by Anitta Biju from St Gregory’s school, Tunbridge Wells who spoke about the evils of smoking. The runner-up was Benedict Doggwiler from St Gregory’s Tunbridge Wells who spoke about “The Del Boy complex”. Third was Dillon Oppon Ferguson from St Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead speaking on “has technology gone too far?”. Anitta goes on to the national finals in Manchester next September. The standard of speaking was very high and congratulations to all who took part. Subjects ranged from euthanasia to Afro hair and water pollution. 6 schools were represented – Coloma Convent Girls’, Croydon, Sacred Heart, Southwark, St Simon Stock, Maidstone and Bishop Thomas Grant school who hosted the event. The judges were Bishop Pat Lynch, retired head teacher Sharon Grange and Province 7 Catenian director Brendan Ducey.
If your local Sixth form is not represented they are missing out on a wonderful opportunity for their students to improve their communication skills. Contact John Woodhouse email@example.com.
Job Vacancies: P/T Finance Assistant required for 25 hours p/w, hours negotiable for St Mary’s Catholic High School, Croydon. Please contact Mrs Tracie Bruce on 020 8686 3837 or visit the website www.st-maryshigh.croydon.sch.uk , alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is the 30th October.
Marriage Care is a national Catholic organisation specialising in Marriage Preparation and Relationship Counselling. If you are interested in joining our friendly team in Blackheath to support couples and individuals in your community we are looking to fill the following roles: Receptionists/Chaperones: We urgently need volunteers who can spare a couple of hours on a weekday evening to meet and greet clients and remain in the venue during counselling sessions. Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators: We will train you for this exciting and fulfilling role. Qualified relationship counsellors: Are you a qualified relationship counsellor with over 150 hours of relationship counselling experience? Would you like to help us in our mission to support clients in distress? You will be part of a team of counsellors and have opportunities to increase your professional knowledge and skills. For more information please go to our website www.marriagecare.org.uk.
To talk about volunteering at Blackheath Centre please call Diane on 07958 585202. To book counselling or a Marriage Preparation course please call 0800 389 3801.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (21st Oct—28th Oct 2018) (Year: B)
|Sunday 21st||TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY (B)
<World Mission Day>
|Maureen Quinn RIP
Michael Sparrow RIP
+ Donnacha O’Sullivan RIP
People of the Parish
Charles Thomas Maple RIP
|9:30am||John McManus RIP|
|George Loader RIP
Madam Ayo Oyo RIP
|Tyrone Blazey RIP|
|9:30am||Nellie Ryan RIP|
|Magdalene Thomas (Thanksgiving)|
|9:30am||John Sylvester RIP|
|THIRTIETH SUNDAY (B)
Marcos Rodrigues RIP
Mila Vaz RIP
People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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