Twenty-seventh Sunday


Twenty-seventh Sunday

Mass Readings: Pages 137 – 140
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60


First Reading: Israel is compared to a well cared-for vineyard which fails to produce fruit.

Second Reading:  St. Paul warns the converts at Philippi against anxiety, and advises them as to how they should live in order to enjoy the peace of God..

Gospel: The parable of the wicked vine-dressers tells of God’s goodness to his people, and of their failure to respond in kind.

History is littered with stories of good tenants and wicked landlords. In the Gospel we have a story of wicked tenants and a good landlord. The parable is an allegory of God’s dealing with his people. The landowner is God.. The vineyard is Israel. The wicked tenants are the people of Israel ,but more especially the religious leaders who had been given charge of  the vineyard by God. The servants are the prophets sent by God and so often rejected and killed. The son is Jesus himself whom they killed.

Like the parable of the two sons, this parable was directed at the chief priests and elders. It was meant as a warning, but it went unheeded. The tenants came to a bad end.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the Flower Arrangers.

Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.

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

Last Week’s Collections:  The 1st collection was £782.50+ £381.00p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £ 1163.50p.  The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £81.21p.  Thank you for your generosity. Today’s retiring collection is for Parish Funds.

Recently Deceased:  Please pray for the souls and families of Kathleen Philomena Maleczek and John William O’Neill.
Kathleen Philomena Maleczek’s funeral will be on Thursday 12th October at 10.30am at Beckenham Crematorium.
The body of John William O’Neill will be received into the church on Wednesday 11th October at 4.30pm and the funeral will be on Thursday 12th October at 11.45am followed by the cremation at Beckenham Crematorium at 12.45pm.  May their souls rest in peace.

Baptism Preparation: The last (of three) classes will be on Monday 9th October in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm.  It is important to attend ALL three sessions.  Please do try to arrive on time.


Invitation to new readers: Have you read at Mass before, maybe in another parish?  Have you made your confirmation recently?  Have you thought about becoming a reader but not put your thought into action?  We will have an introduction meeting for anyone interested in becoming a reader on Tuesday 10th October from 7.45 to 8.45pm at the church.  Please come along if you would like to find out more.


Parish Calendars: Calendars depicting all the Parish Stations of the Cross are now available from the repository, priced at £5 each.


UCM MacMillan Coffee Morning:  A big thanks to all who supported this event last Sunday.  The UCM raised £175 for this worthwhile cause.

Open Morning at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School: If you have a child due to start school in September 2018, you are invited to our open morning.  Come along and see our school at work.  We look forward to welcoming you on the 13th October 2017 at 9.15am to 10.15am.

“Amoris Laetitia” – The Joy of Love: An invitation to a day exploring the Pope’s Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” – The Joy of Love. Saturday 14th October 2017.  This event will be held in St James the Great Community Centre, Lakeswood Road, Petts Wood from 9.30am to 3.00pm. In Pope Francis’ Exhortation he tries to address all aspects and challenges of modern family life. Our key speaker for the day will be Sr Helen Costigane SHCJ a lecturer of Pastoral studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Please bring a shared lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. All are welcome.

Retreat Weekend for Young Adults (20s-30s): From the 20th-22nd October, the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) will be holding a retreat weekend in London.  The theme is prayer and discernment.  There will be input, prayer, reflection and discussion with other young adults.  You are welcome to attend for the day or to stay for the weekend.  Cost: £35.  For more information contact Sr.Lynne FCJ at

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   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. 

St Anthony’s Parish Christmas Fair: Please make a note that our Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 2nd December.   The appeal for donations will be made at the beginning of November.

Job Vacancies: 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.
Laleham Lea School are seeking a Caretaker and a Nursery Practitioner.  Application packs from or call 020 8660 3351.  Closing date: 6th October.

Please pray for the sick of the Parish:

Bridget McLaughlin, 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 (8th Oct—15th Oct  2017) (Year: A)

Sunday                           8th      Twenty-seventh Sunday (A) <Prisoners’ Sunday>
(Saturday) …..






  Gabriel Alanaeme  RIP

George Loader  RIP

People of the Parish

Myles Gibbons  RIP

Monday                          9th        Feria
         9:30am   Wellbeing of Br Leonard Joseph Deocareza
Tuesday                         10th     Feria




  Ellen Garvey  RIP

Chatchi Nallahaia  RIP

Wednesday                    11th     Feria
   9:30am   Michael Walsh  RIP
Thursday                       12th      Feria

      (Funeral Service) ………..




  Elizabeth, Jonathan & Tony Coyle  RIP

John William O’Neill  RIP

Friday                             13th         St Edward the Confessor
     9:30am   Mick Costello  RIP
Saturday                         14th     Feria
  9:30am   Ann  ……….  RIP

Sunday                            15th


                             (Saturday) …                           












Twenty-eighth Sunday (A)


Kathleen Maleczek  RIP

George Butterly  RIP

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

People of the Parish

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St Anthony of Padua RC

Established in 1878, revived in 1927 & consecrated on 14th June 1950. We are a registered charity under the Archdiocese of Southwark with Parish Priest Father Sunith Nonis & Assistant Priest Father Stuart Meyer.



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