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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.

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SVP Emergency Line: 07833 776573

Sunday 13 August: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

And Peter answered, “Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water”. Jesus said, ‘come’. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but then noticing the wind, he was afraid and began to sink. (Matthew 14:28-30)

The significance of the mountain as a place of prayer and quietude is clearly demonstrated in the First and Gospel readings. In the First reading, Elijah’s escape from the hurricane in his life landed him at Mount Horeb, where God revealed Himself in quietude and calm whisper, and not in the noise that characterize our modern world.

In the Gospel, Jesus shows the need to be spiritually replenished through prayer, and the most appropriate place for such encounter is the mountain. For Christ, mountain is a place of eschatological revelation, of solitude and nearness to God; it is where revelations about life, death and coming of the kingdom are revealed.

Notice that Jesus performed two miracles after the mountain experience: walking on the sea and calming the storm. Two major lessons can be deduced from the readings of today. First, Christ reminds us of the importance of prayer in our lives, and that we must spare time despite our busy schedule, to daily interact with God.

The moment we lose this personal communion with God, we find it impossible to handle the challenges in our lives. Second, we need to repose utter confidence and faith in God. Recollect that Peter trusted Jesus, and was able to plunge himself on the sea, but lost his bearing the moment he began to doubt.

Faith involves a leap into absurdity: it does not consider impossibilities; it forges ahead believing the best for nothing is impossible for God. May God continually increase our faith in Him.

Diary for the week

Sun Aug 13: Nineteenth Sunday A

6.00pm: Pro Populo
9.00am Mass: Maggie Netto, RIP
11.00am Mass: H. Fernandes & Family, RIP

Mon Aug 14: St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest & Martyr (Memorial)

9.30am Mass: Bob Miles, RIP

Tues Aug 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

9.30am Mass: Carlos Fernandes, RIP
7.30pm Mass: Ann Hyland, RIP

Wed Aug 16: Feria

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Mary Sparrowhawk, RIP

Thu Aug 17: Feria

9.30am: Sheila Santos, WB
No Parish Surgery

Fri Aug 18: Feria

9.30am: Elizabeth Hine, RIP

Sat Aug 19: 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: Holy Souls
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Holy Souls

Sun Aug 20: Twentieth Sunday A

9.00am Mass: Ivy Floyd, TG
11.00am Mass: Pro Populo


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

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: A reading from the first book of Kings 19:9,11-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 84(85):9-14
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 9:1-5
Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 14:22-33

Parish mission, faith news and mission

Annual Leave: Fr Cyriacus will be on annual leave for the month of August. Fr. Francis will be the officiating Priest in charge for the month of August, please make him welcome.

Holy Day of Obligation: On Tuesday 15th August we celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a holy day of obligation where all are expected to attend Mass. Therefore on this day we shall be holding two Masses; in the morning at 9.30am and in the evening at 7.30pm.

200 Club Members: The 200 club renewal forms are at the back of the church; please collect yours as soon as possible. There are also new joining forms for people wishing to become members. Please hand these back to either Fr. Francis or the Parish Secretary. The winner for July was Mr Sean Wickenden – 3rd time lucky for Sean! A cheque for £500 will be given to Sean upon Fr. Cyriacus’ return.

Youth Group: Our Youth Group took the Parish food bank to the Salvation Army on Wellington Road. They were very grateful, especially as it is summer holidays when they get less donations and children are not at school that would usually get school meals provided. Our next food bank delivery is 24th September after 11am Mass and any young people who wish to join us are welcome.

Cake Sale: On Sunday 20th August the Youth Group will be selling a small amount of homemade cakes after 11am Mass. This event is to raise funds for our Parish SVP. Please show your support and generosity.

Parish SVP Group: This group sponsored two children this year to attend the St John Bosco Summer camp. The children attend St Peter and St Paul and St Philomena's school. Many thanks to the SVP for their generosity.

Bible Study Class: The next bible study class will be held on Thursday 21st September at 7.45pm. The subject is Tithes.

RCIA Programme: The new Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme will be starting in October. For those who join the RCIA process it is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation. All interested applicants should write their details on the list provided in the porch.

Thank you: The Knights of St.Columba & The Passage wish to thank the Parishioners for their very kind generosity in making last month’s Flower Sale such a great success. The Knights of St.Columba will be presenting a cheque for £657.00 to The Passage for the total sum of monies collected from last month’s Flower Sale. Many thanks!

Winchester Cathedral Trip: The next parish outing will be on Saturday 30th September and we shall be visiting Winchester Cathedral. The cost of this trip is £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16. We will be given a spiritual guided tour upon arrival and there is also a children’s trail for young ones to take part in but they must be supervised by a parent. If you are interested in attending, please put your name along with number of tickets required on the list provided in the porch.
Birthday List: If you birthday falls in the month of August, please put your name down on the list provided in the porch. Please write your name CLEARLY.

A message from the Diocese re: CAFOD: You are invited to find out more about CAFOD with the following workshops:

CAFOD Essentials – Saturday 9 September 9:30am-3:15pm at Romero House, Waterloo. Opportunities to hear about CAFOD’s work in Latin America, the upcoming Harvest Appeal, receive the latest updates about campaigning and our Live Simply Award, meet others and find out more about different ways of volunteering through CAFOD.

CAFOD Fast Day briefings – Saturday 16 September 9:30am – 11:30am at St James Petts Wood or Friday 22 September 2:30pm – 4:30pm at St John Vianney Bexleyheath. Find out about CAFOD’s work in El Salvador, meet CAFOD volunteers from your area, and discover how you can make a difference.

Mass Attendance Record: The Parish has introduced a Mass Attendance Record. This is to be used by parents wishing to apply for School Admission, Baptisms, Holy Communion and Confirmation. This Record will need to be signed by Fr. Cyriacus after each attendance at Mass; so please ensure you see Fr. Cyriacus when you exit your chosen 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.

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.

Ministries in the Church

Weekend of 12 & 13 August


M Wilson

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, Tony Wickenden, M Ehiosun, Terry Wickenden and N Eson


T Akagbosu

Weekend of 19 & 20 August


T Fernandes

Readers 6pm Mass

J Tarrant and J Loveridge

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, N Akosha and Tony Wickenden


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