Twenty-third Sunday


Twenty-third Sunday

Mass Readings: Pages 125 – 128
Order of Mass: Pages 6 – 60

In any group small and big things cause friction.  We think our way is right.

We can fight over who is right.   Some things are worth a fight, others not.  The car should always be parked ready to go.  Someone else parks it as they left it and there’s a row.

And big things.  We are connected – and in big questions of life we need the advice, support, and  love of the other.  Many people say ‘why didn’t I say what I thought about her boyfriend or his girlfriend’ – or give an honest opinion about a marriage which seemed ill-advised to everyone and later broke up with heartache for partners and children.   We all have good and not-so-good tendencies. We can only advise as best we can, and try to involve others when a person maybe is wandering into bad companionship, the wrong job, the wrong course, the wrong marriage.

We are afraid to hurt, to be rejected.  Why we let so many people drink themselves into trouble and never tell them.  The terror of a neighbourhood, no matter what age, needs to be confronted.  Drugs in a neighbourhood are let go.  Crime is not reported.

In small and big things we are each others’ keepers. Jesus is saying something like that today.   Parents can find this difficult as they try  to try to guide the family well and not lose them.   We have social responsibility in family and in neighbourhood and even worldwide  for the common good.

God wants the best for each of us.  We can help each other to goodness, we can support each other, advise each other, pray for and with each other, and help each other on our way to God.

Donal Neary SJ


Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.

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 £570.87p + £359.85p in Gift Aid Envelopes giving us a parish total of £930.72p. The 2nd  collection for Parish Funds  was £87.19p.  Thank you for your generosity.  The retiring collection today is for the Catholic Education Service (supporting Catholic schools & education).

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.

Rosary Group: Please note that the week day Rosary Group will start the Rosaries at 9am prompt with immediate effect.

Confirmation Classes: Any young people aged 12 or over who wish to join this year’s Confirmation group should give their names to Father Stuart as soon as possible.  An application form is available 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.

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.   

Open Mornings at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School: If you have a child due to start school in September 2018, you are invited to one of our open mornings.  Come along and see our school at work.  St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School is rated good by Ofsted and in our recent Diocesan inspection was judged as an outstanding Catholic School.  We look forward to welcoming you on either 6th or 13th October 2017 at 9.15am to 10.15am.

CAFOD Southwark Harvest Pilgrimage: On Saturday 16th September from 11.45am to 5.30pm.  Please call 020 8466 9901 or email 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:

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:
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   For updates go to:  For more details goto:- Prices start from £18.50.

Catholic History Walks: Please see for a list of walks over the next couple of months or see the notice board for more details.

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.


Notices for the newsletter need to be emailed/posted to the presbytery by 6pm on Thursdays.


MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (10th—17th Sept 2017) (Year: A)


Sunday                         10th     Twenty-third Sunday (A)
(Saturday) …..






  Arthur Donnelly  RIP

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor  RIP

People of the Parish

Martha Maloney  RIP


Monday                         11th        Feria
         9:30am   Frank Banks  RIP
Tuesday                         12th     Feria




  Irene & Alfred Bishop  RIP

The Holy Souls

Wednesday                    13th     St John Chrysostom


9:30am   Intentions of Jean-Yves Sabliere
Thursday                       14th     The Exaltation of The Holy Cross


  Pauline Oddy  RIP
Friday                             15th         Our Lady of Sorrows
     9:30am   Fr Leo Targett  RIP
Saturday                         16th     Ss. Cornelius and Cyprian
  9:30am   Wellbeing of Patrick Walesby

Sunday                            17th


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Twenty-fourth Sunday (A)


Intentions & Good Health of Ashley P.

Priest’s Intention

Wellbeing of Marion Lorman

People of the Parish


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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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