Mass Readings: Pages 122 – 125
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60
Matthew’s Gospel continues with further parables for our pondering is the right word for the exercise as the complies of the Lectionary remind us by giving us the first reading from the first book of the Kings. It is Solomon’s famous prayer and wisdom. The young king acknowledges his inexperience and lack of understanding of the great matters of state, and so he asks God for ability to discern and not for long life or power as might have been expected. The wisdom Solomon shows becomes the hallmark of the biblical reign of the king. The fact that so much of Jesus’ teaching is given in parables and very little in terms of rules and regulations indicates how much wisdom should continue to be the hallmark of his disciples; and wisdom is not something learnt by rote as the impression might sometimes be given but something pondered as Solomon knew in prayer. The image of householder bringing out things both old and new, is a fascinating one and an encouraging one. So often people resist change as simply being the imposition of something new in a situation that might have appeared to be working perfectly well. When looking at the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which initiated such recent change, it is important to remember just how much work has gone into rediscovering the ancient practices of the Church, the writings of the Church Fathers and the riches of the Tradition that had lain unexplored in the storeroom for many hundreds of years. In the sense that the Church is a community of believers, the insights and understanding of all believers are always part of the heritage of the whole community and are available to foster the life of the community at all times.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Knights of St Columba.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Week’s Collections: The 1st collection was £491.61p + £312.50p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £804.11p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £47.93p. Thank you for your generosity. The retiring collection today is for Parish Funds.
Gift Aid: We would like to say a big thank you to all parishioners who signed up for our Gift Aid Scheme. We recently received a tax refund of £7,751.28p from HMRC for the tax year 2016/2017. This bonus income for the parish has been made possible because parishioners who pay UK income tax have completed a Gift Aid Declaration form, and It has not cost them a penny more! If you pay UK tax please do consider filling in a Gift Aid Declaration Form (available in the Narthex) as it does make a big difference to our parish finances. Thank you.
First Holy Communion: 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).
RCIA: If you are an adult who would like to become a Catholic or/and you would like to receive the sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation then please complete an RCIA form (forms are in the Narthex).
St Anthony’s Pilgrimage to St Augustine’s Shrine, Ramsgate: There are a few seats still available. Cost is £18 each. Bookings and payments will be taken after all the Sunday masses. Please note a prompt 8.30am departure from the Church on Saturday 23rd September.
Crying Babies and Young Children: If your baby or young child is crying during the Mass please do use the confessional box instead of leaving the Church. We have now installed a monitor inside the confessional box which means parents and carers are able to watch the Mass from inside the confessional box.
Catholic History Walks: Please see catholichistorywalks.com for a list of walks over the next couple of months or see the notice board for more details.
Divine Mercy Retreat: Divine Mercy Apostolate run by Marian Fathers is organising the Divine Mercy Retreat: Saturday 9th September 2017 , 9:15 am – 5:00 pm at St Boniface RC Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9PG More info: Divine Mercy Apostolate—Marian Fathers, 1 Courtfield Gardens, London W13 0EY. For further info then phone: 020 89980925 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.divinemercyapostolate.co.uk. Please see the notice board for more information.
CAFOD Southwark Harvest Pilgrimage: On Saturday 16th September from 11.45am to 5.30pm. Please call 020 8466 9901 or email email@example.com to book your place. Further information is on the notice board.
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.
Post-Confirmation Retreat: For all young people who have made their Confirmation, we are pleased to bring you news of this second Post Confirmation retreat which takes place from Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017 in Whitstable. Run by the team at Southwark Catholic Youth Service, this exciting weekend for young people provides an opportunity to have fun and socialise whilst exploring and deepening their faith. We have a limited number of places available, for more information and/or to reserve your place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. There will be a general introduction to the ‘Created for Connection’ approach and then a detailed ‘how to’ session. I would thoroughly recommend this approach for anyone who is passionate about helping couples who, with all the best of intentions, feel stuck and a little hopeless. If you would like to book on to a training day please follow this link: http://thecentrelondon.com/created-for-connection-training/
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. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialize and have fun. Book soon as places are limited! To book go to https://v1.bookwhen.com/youngcatholicadults-douai2017. For updates go to: http://youngcatholicadults-latestnews.blogspot.co.uk/. For more details goto:- http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm. Prices start from £18.50.
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.
Please remember to switch off your mobile phone when you enter the Church. Please don’t distract others at Mass.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (3rd—10th Sept 2017) (Year: A)
|Sunday 3rd||Twenty-second Sunday (A)|
|Josephine Bonner (15th Anniv) & Jonathan Bonner RIP
People of the Parish
Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
Pat Reeves RIP
|9:30am||Canon Bill Clements RIP|
|Wellbeing of Ellen Sweeney
Daniel, Iris May & Dorothy Guest
(Requiem Mass) ……….
|Fr Antony Tumelty RIP
Gladys Pauline Oddy RIP
|Friday 8th||The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|9:30am||William & James Kirby RIP|
|9:30am||Joe Figuiera RIP|
Twenty-third Sunday (A)
Arthur Donnelly RIP
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor RIP
People of the Parish
Martha Maloney RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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