Twenty–Seventh Sunday (C)


Twenty–Seventh Sunday (C)

Mass Readings: 146 – 149

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 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 UCM. 

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


Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £425.54p + £303.40p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £728.94p.

The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £68.51p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s 2nd collection is for CAFOD/Harvest Family Fast Day.

 Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of John Barry. The funeral will be at 10.30am on Thursday 17th October.  May his soul rest in peace.

 Spirituality and Reflection Film:  Films are shown in the Parish Centre on the second Tuesday of every month. Our current series focuses on the Nicene Creed which is acknowledged by billions of Christians throughout the world. Our next session is on Tuesday 8th October at 7:30pm.  All are welcome.

Invitation to new readers: We are all called to listen to God’s word and practise that message in our lives.  As a reader, you announce the message clearly so that people take it in and respond to it.  Are you good at communicating in daily life or at work, making yourself clear, getting your message across – these are the talents you need to be a good reader at Mass.  For anyone interested in becoming a reader, we will have an introduction meeting on Tuesday 8th October from 7.45 to 8.45pm at the church.  Please come along if you would like to find out more.

Baptism Preparation Classes: There will be two Baptism preparation classes on Mondays, the 14th and 21st October at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).

First Holy Communion Classes: There will a parents meeting on Tuesday 15th October at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).

Confirmation Classes: Please note that the first Confirmation class will be on Thursday 10th October at 7pm in the Parish Centre.

Missio/APF Red Boxes: During the next two weeks please bring in your red boxes for emptying & counting. Please ensure that your name is shown either on or inside the box. Thank you for your continued support.

Lighting Candles: Please take care when lighting the candles and ensure that candle wax does not drip onto the newly treated floor.  For health and safety reasons, adults, not children, should be lighting the candles.

Barn Dance:  The Knights of St Columba will be holding their popular annual parish event on Friday 11th October at Melvin Hall, Melvin Road  SE20 8EU. The Knights will be selling tickets after all weekend masses.  £8 per ticket.  A live band will be performing with a caller and a licensed bar will be available.  Doors open at 7.30pm.  Tickets will also be available on the night.

Bat Walk: Saturday 12th October at 6.00pm in Cator Park, Aldersmead Road, BR3  1NA. Meet by the central Friends noticeboard. Bring a torch. Wear sensible shoes. Children welcome if supervised. No dogs, please. A free walk but donations welcome. A Friends of Cator and Alexandra event.

Farewell to Father Stuart: We will have a farewell for Fr Stuart after the 11.15am Mass on 13th October. This will be an informal gathering with tea, coffee and a glass of wine. Please come along if you would like to join in thanking Fr Stuart for all the work he has done for the parish and wishing him well in his retirement.

Parish Consultation Evening: This year’s Parish consultation evening will be on Thursday 17th October in the Parish Centre. The topic will be “All the generations working together”. We will start with some refreshments and social time from 7.30pm and discussion from 8 until 9pm.  Everybody is welcome.

St James the Great Memory Café, Petts Wood: On the first and second Tuesday of each month from 2.00pm to 3.30pm a dementia café takes place in the Community Centre. It is a safe and comfortable environment where guests with dementia and their carers can come to enjoy refreshments and join in with singing and quizzes if they so wish. A warm welcome awaits! For more information please contact the parish office: 01689 827100 or email: 

Job Vacancy: Driver/Collections Co-ordinator working for The Manna Society.  Annual Salary of £24,336.  Please see the notice board for further details.  Email for an application pack. Closing date for applications is Friday 11th October 2019.

Please pray for the sick of the ParishMercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (6th Oct—13th Oct 2019)  (Year: C)


Sunday                              6th     TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY (C)
(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  People of the Parish

Amelia Corbett  RIP

Juan Valls  RIP

Ernami Ramos Jr.  RIP

Monday                             7th      Our Lady of the Rosary
     9:30am   Gabriel Alaneme  RIP
Tuesday                             8th      Feria




  George Loader  RIP

Archbishop Peter Smith

Wednesday                        9th      Feria
  9:30am   Intentions of the Maloney Family
Thursday                         10th       Feria


  Fr Peter Murphy
Friday                               11th      Feria




  Thanks to St Anthony
Saturday                            12th     Feria
  9:30am   Thanks for Blessings Received
Sunday                               13th 


                       (Saturday) ……











Margaret Robinson  RIP

People of the Parish

Winston Burke  RIP

Archbishop John Wilson



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