4th SUNDAY OF LENT
Readings: 2 Chronicles; 36:14-16 .19-23, Psalm 136, Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21
SERVICES FOR WEEK 13th –21st March 2021
Sat 13 Mar 11.00 Confessions
18.00 For the Parish
Sun 14 March FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
08.30 Martin Gilligan (Fitzpatrick)
10.30 Arsenia Rencias RIP (Bernarte)
Web – available anytime
Kitty Murphy RIP (Kilcullen)
Mon 15 Mar Funeral Mass for Philomena Connolly
Tues 16 Mar 09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Marie Sullivan (Sullivan Family)
Weds 17 Mar 09.30 St Patrick Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Sonny Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)
Fri 19 Mar 09.30 St Joseph Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 John Larkin RIP (Larkin)
10.30 Stations of the Cross
Sat 20 Mar 11.00 Confessions
18.00 For the Parish
Sun 21 March FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
08.30 Fred Robinson RIP (Robinson)
10.30 Rex Wheatley RIP (Wheatley)
Web – available anytime
Danny Lyons RIP (Hughes)
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Next Week: Deanery World Development Project
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I am sure it made good ratings for the television companies involved, but I thought it very sad to hear about the problems of the Royal Family through the media. Important issues for public debate were raised, such as racism within public institutions, mental health and so on and with the public accusations that were made I am sure too that the institution of the monarchy has many issues to reflect upon. However, much was made of family differences as well, and I would hope that if it were my family that was involved, we would be allowed to heal and deal with the issues privately and not have our differences dragged through such a public domain. I think the Queen has said as much herself and while not shying away from the issues that are in the public interest, I pray that we can avoid indulging in some of the private family matters that many of the public have an unhealthy interest in! There is a difference. We might simply pray for that family instead.
Families everywhere have had to face a great deal in this past year. All have had increased pressures. Many have thrived as a result of the experience, some have not. It may take time for the dust to settle, for reflection and evaluation to take place, and for conclusions about the year past and the years ahead, to be drawn. We hold family life in the highest regard and so we keep families in our prayer. We also congratulate families for their best efforts in witnessing to God’s love, present in our society.
We have prayed for the safe return of students and teachers, but the return to school affects many others too. On Tuesday morning Bourne Road was closed and an emergency helicopter was heard, loud and proximate. Tragically, Gordon, the “Lollipop Man” for Old Bexley School was going to work on his bicycle and lost his life in a traffic accident. We pray for him, for his family and friends and for all the children who will miss him greatly. May he rest in peace.
DIOCESAN RETREAT FOR LENT – “Follow Me”
– introduced by Archbishop John Wilson, and led by the Spirituality Commission.
It is STILL not too late to get on board!!!
This is a retreat which you can follow at home. Using the link below, you can watch a short video reflection each week and then download prayer materials and other resources for the week ahead. Simply click on http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme
If anyone wants to join our Monday evening ‘zoom’ meeting to share reflections just email Fr Doug.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
To follow the Way of Jesus on his journey to Calvary – and to allow him to join us in our life journeys – is a popular and appropriate devotion in which to participate during Lent, both in private and in public. In private, use a prayer book or follow the version Fr Doug has put on the parish website. Publicly, we will be ‘following’ the Way of the Cross after mass on Friday mornings.
We do appreciate your support for the parish weekly collection, which many pay by standing order, but for everyone else, it is taken through the baskets by the doors as you enter or leave mass.
The extra collection is taken through the box that is in the lobby. Thank you for your support with these extra collections. We have been catching up on those missed last year through Lockdown, but today is the last one of those official collections.
This week’s extra collection is for Peter’s Pence. It supports The Holy Father and Apostolic See to exercise works of mercy and charity, and generally to service the Universal Church in a wide variety of projects such as helping refugees and other victims of war, supporting poor dioceses especially in missionary areas, supporting Catholic education and so on.
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