Twenty-third Sunday (B)
Mass Readings: 129 – 132
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 47
Once more this weekend, we are pointed by the Scripture reading to the caring centre of the teaching in both Old and New Testaments. Specifically, Isaiah is encouraging those of faint heart. It certainly refers to each one of us. However brave or hard or self confident anyone is, we all need support and caring from others and hopefully one or two with whom we grow close. Caring and sharing is now easy. In particular, it is not easy all the time, day in day out. Jesus came especially for the poor and in this he came for all. We need the humility to accept that we all rich before God, because we are all poor before God. This paradox is clear because all we have and are is from God’s gift of life and love. What a rich gift is life, even when it seems to us to be blighted by some disability.
Christ himself did some physical healing, the deaf, the dumb and blind. but in real terms this was only the tip of the iceberg, Christ’s main purpose went deeper than physical. Each of us is blind, deaf, dumb and lame in our seeing, hearing, speaking and spreading the Good News Jesus brings. This is where we all need courage, need not to afraid. To live this is not easy. Do not be afraid I am with you. We are all afraid to accept that we are afraid. We must face this fear. The fear can be to believe or to open our eyes to our needs for others or get involved, to commit ourselves We fear let go in prayer. Often we fear to come out and share Catholic faith, be not be afraid! You have a lot to give.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.
Next Sunday teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £419.04p + £330.56p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £749.60p. The 2nd collection for our Church Repair Fund 2018 was £103.39p. Thank you for your generosity.
Today’s 2nd collection is for the Catholic Education Service. The 2nd collection next week will be for Home Missions (spreading the Gospel in our own country).
Parish Email Address: Please note that the Parish email address has now changed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Holy Communion Classes: Please note that the Parents Meeting will be on Thursday 13th September at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
The next key dates for September are Saturday 15th September, Sunday 16th September (Commitment Mass), Tuesday 25th September and Saturday 29th September.
Annual Parish Pilgrimage: Minister Abbey and Broadstairs – Saturday 29th September, 8:30am start. Cost £25 which includes a £6 donation to the Abbey. Booking with fares will be taken after all weekend masses.
RCIA: RCIA classes will be beginning again soon so if you are interested in becoming a Catholic then please fill in a green form (found in the Narthex) and give it to one of the clergy. Thank you.
Knights of St Columba Annual Parish Barn Dance: This will be held on Friday 19th October at the Melvin Hall, Melvin Road. It will start at 7.30pm. Price of admission is £8 for adults. The Knights will be selling tickets later this month.
Bromley Homeless Shelter: The Bromley Homeless Shelter is a Christian organisation that operates a year round advice service and a winter Night Shelter in Central Bromley. There are plans to open a second winter Night Shelter in Penge. Volunteers will be needed to help out with a variety of roles so please take a look at this webpage https://bromleyshelter.weebly.com/winter-season-volunteers.html and think about whether you can offer some help or support to this worthy cause.
Gift Aiders (a): If you have not yet collected your new boxed set of envelopes (valid from June 2018) for your cash donations to the scheme or if you require one, please let us know and we will sort it out. (Note: If you are a taxpayer and are not in our gift-aid scheme, please do consider joining. Forms are available in the narthex).
Gift Aider (b): Through your support of our scheme, we have recently received a tax rebate cheque of £7,744.68p from HMRC for the year 2017/2018.
Thank you all. (If you do pay tax, please consider joining our scheme).
Sound Proof Panels: If your child is crying or making lots of noise then please take them into the Narthex where sound proof panels have now been fitted. Thank you.
Mass Intentions: There are some vacant week-day mass intention slots still available for September & October. Please let us know if you wish to arrange a mass for these times. Please do not email requests to the presbytery. Thank you.
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.
Hospital Admissions: If you are due to be admitted to hospital or if you know of a parishioner who has been admitted to hospital then please let one of the clergy know. Thank you.
Repository: Please remember to take a look at the repository before you leave the Church, there is a good range and variety of cards available as well as beautiful bibles, books and gifts.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, Kieran Quinn, Michael Creech and John McManus.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (9th Sept—16th Sept 2018) (Year: B)
|Sunday 9th||TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY (B)|
|Ellen Sweeney RIP
Mrs M Monteiro RIP
People of the Parish
|9:30am||Fr John Mulligan RIP|
|Fr Cadfan RIP
John McManus Int.
|Irene & Alfred Bishop|
|Thursday 13th||St John Chrysostom, bishop|
|9:30am||Sr Mary Stephen Int.|
|Friday 14th||The Exaltation of The Holy Cross|
|Friar Colin Edwards Int.|
|Saturday 15th||Our Lady of Sorrows|
|9:30am||Fr Tom McHugh (60th Ordination anniv.)|
|TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY (B)
The Holy Souls
Bridget McLaughlin RIP
Fr Tom McHugh Int.
People of the Parish
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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