5th SUNDAY OF LENT
Readings: Jeremiah; 31:31-34 Psalm 50, Hebrews 5:7:9, John 12:20-33
SERVICES FOR WEEK 20th – 28th March 2021
Sat 20 Mar 11.00 Confessions
18.00 Miriam Hayward RIP
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)
Mon 22 Mar PKM
Tues 23 Mar 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Ann Tichmarsh (Tichmarsh)
Weds 24 Mar 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Tony Speed RIP (Dorothy & Tony’s 60th Wedding Anniversary)
Fri 26 Mar 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Philomena Connolly RIP (Choir)
10.30 Stations of the Cross
Sat 27 Mar 11.00 Confessions
18.00 John Gerard Lowney RIP (Sheehan)
Sun 28 March PALM SUNDAY
08.30 For the Parish
10.30 Sergia Balaqui RIP (Bernarte)
Web – available anytime
Joan Aspeek at 90 (Choir)
Mon 29 Mar 19.30 Reconciliation Service
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Extra Collection This Week: Deanery World Development Project
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Easter is nearly here, and unlike last year, we will be able to celebrate the greatest of all Christian feasts here in church, albeit with a number of restrictions and limitations to our liturgies:
Palm Sunday: Our normal masses with the distribution of palm crosses on the way into church, the blessing of those crosses, and then the commemoration of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem
Chrism Mass: Not open to parishioners this year
Holy Thursday: The commemoration of the Last Supper is at 8 p.m. We cannot participate in the Washing of feet this year and we are not allowed to move the Blessed Sacrament to an ‘altar of repose’ for adoration until midnight. Instead we will leave the Sacrament on the main altar for adoration by those wishing to remain in their places in church.
Good Friday: The celebration of the Easter Triduum continues with the celebration of the solemn Passion of the Lord at 3 p.m. There is a Liturgy of the Word including St. John’s Passion. Then there are the solemn intercessions, the same prayers being said in every church around the world. The next part is the Veneration of the Cross. We are not permitted to kiss the cross but there will be a procession (socially distanced) and everyone will be invited to bow before the cross instead. Finally Holy Communion, consecrated at the Holy Thursday Mass will be offered to anyone wishing to receive it. This service may be well attended and so there may be no kneeling down so that good distance can be maintained between everyone, for safety reasons.
There will be Stations of the Cross for children in our Hall in the morning at a time to be agreed.
Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil begins at 8 p.m. (no 6 p.m. mass). There can be no Service of Light so we will begin by processing and then placing the Easter Candle in the sanctuary and proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ with the singing of the wonderful Exsultet. We will hold a vigil of readings as usual and then after the Gospel and homily we will bless the new baptismal waters and bless ourselves with them as we renew our baptismal promises.
Easter Sunday masses are at 8.30 and 10.30 as usual but depending on numbers indicating that they wish to attend, it may well be that there can be no kneeling down at the 10.30 mass. We would appreciate it therefore, if you can assist us by indicating on the lists in the porch if you will be attending that mass. Many thanks.
We will be celebrating a Service of Reconciliation on Monday of Holy Week, 29th March. It begins at 7.30 p.m. with a short reflection on scripture and then after an examination of conscience confessions will be heard by a visiting priest and Fr Doug. You are free to go to either and make your Easter Confession. There will be a similar service on Tuesday evening, in Swanley at 7.30
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
To follow the Way of Jesus to Calvary – and to allow him to join us in our life journeys, is a popular and appropriate devotion during Lent. In private, use a prayer book or follow the version on the parish website. Communally, we will be follow the Way of the Cross after mass on Friday morning.
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 and then download prayer materials and other resources for the week ahead. Simply click on http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme
HEAD TEACHER VACANCY
Following the retirement of our Head Teacher, the Governing Body of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Old Road, Crayford, DA1 4DZ, wish to appoint an inspirational and dedicated new Head Teacher for this happy and Ofsted rated ’good’ school. Number of children on roll 213, salary range L13 to L21 (£60,073-£71,666), starting in September 2021. Application details and are on the school website http://www.st-josephs.bexley.sch.uk Closing date Friday 23rd April 2021 at noon.
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