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Rosary: Monday-Friday: 10am, Saturday: 1pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Starts at 8.45am on Monday, Thursday – Friday; 6.45pm on Wednesday and 11.30am on Saturday.

Twitter: @OurLadyCrays

Clergy: Fr Cyriacus Okafor

St Philomena’s, Chelsfield Road, St Mary Cray BR5 4DR. Phone: 01689 826550. Head Teacher: Miss V Maher.

St Peter and St Paul, St Paul’s Wood Hill, BR5 2SR. Phone: 01689 828208. Head Teacher: Mrs J Seymour.

312 High Street, St Mary Cray, BR5 4AR. Phone: 01689 872495, Mob: 07983 660589. Manager: Anne Marie Glancy.

Please ring 01372 457651

SVP Emergency Line

07833 776573

Sunday 8 October - Twenty Seventh Sunday (A)

“For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, a cry” (Isaiah 5:7).

The First and Gospel readings dwell on the theme of the Vineyard. In the First reading, Isaiah sings the song of love God has for His people, and compares it with the love a farmer has for his vineyard. God loves and cares for His vineyard but the fruits were very disappointing. In the Gospel, the Parable of the Wicked tenants consolidates yet the reality of Israel’s ingratitude and rejection of God’s love.

The pain of rejection is horrible: that pain is made glaringly clear when we look at the crucifix and understand its profound message: our rejection of God’s love for us. It is not an empty Cross, but a Cross loaded to the full with rejection, God nailed and immobilized because of our sins.

In our daily lives, we do reject God’s love through sin; we consider God only as a marginal part of our lives and this hurts Him. You and I are tenants of many vineyards: how do we take care of them? How responsible are we in taking care of the vineyard of our marriages, our families, our Parish community and most importantly, the vineyard of our souls?

May God give us the grace to devotedly tend the vineyard given to each and every one of us, so that they would bear fruits of kindness, gratitude, reverence and love of God.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: A reading from the prophet Isaiah 5:1-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 79(80):9,12-16,19-20
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians 4:6-9
Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 21:33-43

Diary for the week

Sun Oct 8: Twenty-Seventh Sunday A

6.00pm Mass: Thomas & Brigid Flannery,RIP
9.00am Mass: Deceased members of Dunne’s Family, RIP
11:00am Mass: Pro Populo

Mon Oct 9: Feria

9.30am Mass: Frances Hill, RIP

Tues Oct 10

No Mass

Wed Oct 11: St. John XXIII, Pope

11.00am: Funeral Mass of Frances Hill
6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Alfred Garber, WB & GB

Thu Oct 12: Feria

9.30am: Olanrewaju Amire, TG & WB
6.00pm -7.00pm: Parish Surgery
7.30pm: Finance Committee Meeting

Fri Oct 13: St. Edward the Confessor, King, (Feast)

9.30am: Clement Ehiosun’s Family, TG

Sat Oct 14: Memorial of Our Lady

11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass: Alfred Garber, GB
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Romesh Perera, RIP

Sun Oct 15: Twenty-Eighth Sunday A

9.00am Mass: Pro Populo
11.00am Mass: The Family of Jerome Laurent, GB
12.15pm: Asian Day Celebration


SI means Special Intention
SR means Speedy Recovery
GB means God’s Blessings
WB means Well-Being
TG means Thanksgiving
PI means Private Intentions
BT means Birthday Thanksgiving
WA means Wedding Anniversary
Pro Populo: People of the Parish

Rosary: Mon, Thursday – Friday at 10am, Saturday at 13.00pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Starts at 8.45am on Monday, Thursday – Friday; 6.45pm on Wednesday and 11.30am on Saturday.

Parish information, faith news and mission

Funeral: The funeral Mass for the late Frances Mary Teresa Hill, will be held here, on Wednesday 11th October at 11.00am, followed by burial at All Saints Churchyard, Orpington. at 12.30pm. Her body will be received on the Tuesday evening in the Church at 7pm and will lie in state till Wednesday morning.

Mass Count: The national mass count will continue in all the Sundays in the month of October.

Cake sales: The Outreach Group will be organising a cake sales this weekend of 7th & 8th of October after all Masses. We solicit Parishioners to generously donate home baked or shop bought cakes.

Charismatic Prayer Group: This group will be meeting at 6pm this Sunday 8th October in the Parish Hall. As we are looking forward to organizing “Life in the Spirit Seminar”, we encourage all who belong to this group to attend this prayer meeting.

CAFOD: Harvest Fast Day is Friday 6th October 2017, when we show our solidarity with the poor and underprivileged through prayer and self denial. This Fast Day we are taking inspiration from the Romero prayer, which is used to remember the Blessed Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador who was murdered while he was celebrating Mass because he stood up for the poorest people in his country. Your donation for this Harvest Fast Day will be used to help all those poor and underprivileged communities worldwide.

October Devotion: October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The parish encourages all to say the Rosary in your homes or in the Church. Those who recite the five decades of the Rosary in the Church or as a group of the faithful may gain the plenary indulgence daily. You are most welcome to join in for Rosary at 9am on Monday & Thursday; at 7pm on Wednesday; at 10am on Friday; at 1pm on Saturday and half an hour before 6pm Vigil Mass and 9am Sunday Mass throughout the month of October.

Asian Day Celebration: Our Asian day celebration will be held next Sunday 15th October. We still are in need of soft drinks, desserts, spring rolls, and noodles so if people would be so kind to donate these items it would be much appreciated. Please put your name and donations down on the list in the porch. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

SVP Salsa Evening: The SVP shall be holding a Salsa Evening on Saturday 21st October at 7.30pm. There will be three music sessions of 40 minutes each. Beforehand there will be an instructional tutor for each of the first two sessions. Please bring your own food and drink. Raffle to be drawn. Tickets are £7 per person and are available from Lorraine Wickenden, Jacky Jonson, Jenny Smith or any of the SVP members.

Coffee Morning: Our next coffee morning will be in the Church Hall on Monday, 23rd October at 10.00am. Please feel free to join us.

Birthday Celebration: For all those whose birthday falls in the month of October, please check your name against the list in the porch. If your name is not on that list, and your birthday falls in October, then please add it.

RCIA Programme: The new Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme will now start in November. For those participants that have put their name down to join this programme, can you please check your details on the list in the back of the porch and please add an email address if you have one.

November Dead List: November is the month of Holy Souls. Thus, next month, we remember and pray in a special way for the deceased members of our families, our relatives and friends. Please put the list of the names of the deceased in a special envelope placed at the porch together with your offering and place it in the Holy Souls box. We will place all those names on the Altar and remember them in our Masses all through the month of November.

Help Needed: Help is needed to weed the flower bed at the back of the Church before the really cold weather sets in. Please come along on Thursday, 19th October at 10.00am with your gardening fork/trowel and kneeling pad if you have them otherwise we do have limited working tools available. It is just a question of some serious weeding and tidying up and any help will be gratefully accepted.

European Day Celebration: Our European Day Celebration will be held on Sunday 29th October. To make this day a great success we need as much help as possible. If you can volunteer on the day or donate food and drink, please put your name on the list provided in the porch. Thanking you in advance.

St Philomena’s Mini Vinnies: Please see poster in the porch regarding “Mini Vinnies” which is a St Vincent de Paul Group at St Philomena’s primary school for year 3 children. This group encourages children to pray and do good work in the community. Please hold the children in your thoughts as they engage in this valuable experience.

Parish Hall Hire: We have a new company that will now be in charge of hiring out the parish hall for private events. The telephone number to contact should you wish to use this service is: 01372 457651. Established Parish Groups that need the use of the hall should continue to contact the Parish Secretary.

Mass Attendance Record: This Record is for use with school admissions. Please ensure this Record is signed by Fr. Cyriacus after each attendance at Mass. If you are in need of this Record, they are available to collect from the porch. Please keep your Mass Attendance Record safe as it cannot be replaced. School Admissions: If you are in need of Fr. Cyriacus to sign any supplementary form for school entry for your child, please ensure you come to one of our parish surgeries which are held each Thursday from 6.00-7.30pm. You will also need to bring along your Mass Attendance Sheet if you have one and both of these forms will be kept by Fr.Cyriacus and sent on to the schools direct.

Request for Prayer for the sick and housebound: Please continue to pray for: Mario Angeli, Alice Welsh, Eleanor Smith, Joan Graham, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, P J Connor, Mary Stanley, Anne Betts, Janet Sinclair, Peggy Colman, John Cafferkey, Marya Misajat, Shelia Santos, Patricia O'Donoghue, Denis O'Donoghue, Tom Foley, Paddy (Patrick) Quinlan, Jeanette Miller-Spice and all the sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish

Book of remembrance - names for October: We remember in our payers: Bernadette Cordwell, William Bell, Charlotte Wickenden, Silvester Gomez, Anna Bartels, Beatrice Juliann, Elizabeth Partridge, Josephine Fernandes, Roy Simpson, Frances Cusack, Joseph Jzuyan, William Hayes, Baaba Arbuah, Asuro Ehiosun, Jane Hemming, Peter Akagbosu, Henry Thomas, Henry Twyman, Andrew Parmiter, Margaret Kisman, Joyce Simpson, Gladys Muriel Beard and Romesh Perera.

Rosary Group: Monday, Thursday and Friday at 10am & Saturday 13.00pm.

Mothers' Prayer Group 1: Holds every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house.

Mothers' Prayer Group 2: Holds every Friday at 8pm at Nneka Omo-Idahosa’s house.

Parish events for October

15th: Asian Day
21st: Salsa evening
26th: Parish AGM
29th: European Day Celebration

Ministries in the Church

Weekend of 7 & 8 October

Cleaning rota

F Adewale

Readers 6pm Mass

C St.John and AM Atlay

Readers 9am Mass

M Wingfield and J Fernandes

Readers 11am Mass

P O’Halloran and D DSouza

Eucharistic Ministers 6pm Mass

JP Gallagher, D Philip and B Inglis

Eucharistic Ministers 9am Mass

M Abu, M Lyons and K Wingfield

Eucharistic Ministers 11am Mass

F Adewale, R Anseline, P Greenidge, M Ehiosun, Terry Wickenden and N Eson


L Clarke

Weekend of 15 & 15 October

Cleaning Rota

M Wilson

Readers 6pm Mass

J Tarrant and Chima

Readers 9am Mass

M Wilson and M Dunleavy

Readers 11am Mass

P Temenior and M Alademerin

Eucharistic Ministers 6pm Mass

N Abrook, H Cherry and R O’Shea

Eucharistic Ministers 9am Mass

I Floyd, T Meaney and M Armstrong

Eucharistic Ministers 11am Mass

N Adewale, H Anseline, J Boamah, G Greenspan, P Greenidge and N Akosha


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