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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 10 December 2017 - Second Sunday in Advent (B)

“At Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark. 1:2-3).

A voice cries out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path straight: every valley shall be lifted and every hill and mountain be made low (Mark 1:3)”. These were the central themes in the First and Gospel readings. John the Baptist was the privileged beneficiary of this role - the voice that cried out in the wilderness. He preached repentance for the forgiveness of sin. In the Second Reading, St. Peter reminds us that God is forbearing and does not intend for sinners to perish; He wants us to repent and come back to him (2 Peter 3:9).

The valleys in our life are sins that create a hollow in our souls. They point to lies, gossip, hypocrisy and lack of prayer, which further estrange us from God. Mountains and hills to be made low refer to the egoistic and selfish ambitious proclivities, which displace the place of God in our lives. These include sins of pride, arrogance, anger, undue attachment to carnal pleasures, hatred and lack of forgiveness, that frustrate the path to healthy relationship with God and our neighbours.

As we get ready for the Christmas celebration, may we level the hills and mountains in our lives; and we can only do this by avoiding sin and other vain glories. May we not be swayed by the social attractions and commitments of this season, and always be aware of the true meaning of Christmas. Let us then prepare our souls for a worthy reception of the new born king.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: A reading from the prophet Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 84(85):9-14(Advent)
Second reading: A reading from the second letter of St Peter 3:8-14
Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:1-8

Advent, Christmas and New Year Schedule

Saturday 23rd December

6.00pm: Vigil of Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday 24th December

9.30am: Mass of Fourth Sunday of Advent
4.00pm: Children’s Mass
6.00pm: Christmas Vigil Mass
11.30pm: Parish Carol Service (doors open 11pm)
12.00am: Christmas Midnight Mass

Monday 25th December

10.00am: Christmas Day Mass

Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th December

Masses and other services at normal time

Sunday 31st December

9.00 & 11.00am: Feast of the Holy Family
11.00pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
12.00am: New Year’s Eve Midnight Mass

Monday 1st January

9.30am: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Sunday 10th December

3.00-5.00pm: Children’s Christmas Party

Diary for the week

Sunday Dec 10: Second Sunday of Advent B

6.00pm Mass: Pro Populo
9.00am Mass: Daniel Gomes, RIP
11:00am Mass: Timothy O’Brien, RIP
3pm: Children’s Christmas Party

Mon Dec 11: Feria

9.30am Mass: Anthony Smith, BT

Tues Dec 12

No Mass

Wed Dec 13: St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr, (Memorial)

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Mother Giulia, RIP

Thu Dec 14: St. John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor of the Church (Memorial)

9.30am: Cecilia Ukwunna Egbuhuzor, RIP
6.00pm – 7.30pm: Joint Carol Service with St. Philomena’s Choir

Fri: Dec 15: Feria

9.30am: Nero Yembra, BT
6.00-6.30pm: Advent Penitential Service
6.30-7.30pm: Christmas Confessions

Sat Dec 16: 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: Dave Saffron, RIP
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Lucy Catherine Rodrigues, RIP

Sun Dec 17: Third Sunday of Advent B (Gaudete Sunday)

9.00am Mass: Philomena Gomes, RIP
11.00am Mass: Pro Populo
12.30pm: Youth Group Talent Show

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

Obituaries: We regret to announce the demise of two of our parishioners. Tom Foley passed away on 4th December and Joan Graham passed away on 6th December. We condole with both their families and pray for the eternal repose of both Tom and Joan’s souls. Further details of their funerals will follow shortly.

Second Collection for Christmas Flowers: Second Collection for the Christmas flowers will be this weekend on the 9th & 10th December 2017.

Fourth Sunday: This year, the Fourth Sunday of Advent is coincidentally the same day we are having the Christmas Vigil Masses. We are expected to fulfil our Sunday obligation by coming to either the 6pm Vigil Mass on Saturday or the 9.30am Mass on Sunday Morning. Remember that attending Mass on this Sunday is different from the Christmas Vigil Mass.

Christmas Offering Envelope: If you have a Gift Aid number, please use the Christmas offering envelope with your number on it. If you do not have a gift aid number, and at the same time you are a taxpayer, please write down your name and address so that the parish can claim 25% back as gift aid tax return on your donation. Please note that Christmas offering is your personal Christmas gift to Fr. Cyriacus and not to the Parish.

Crib Offerings: This year, with the encouragement of Archbishop Peter, this Parish will be sending crib offerings to Mission Together – which is the Missio's fund for assisting missionaries working with children living in poverty around the world.

Coffee Morning: Our last coffee morning for 2017 will be held on Monday 18th December after Mass in the church hall.
Children’s Christmas Party: We invite the children of the Parish to a Christmas Party which is this Sunday the 10th December 2017 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Entertainment will be provided.

Christmas Carol Service: We shall be having a Joint Christmas Carol Service with St. Philomena’s Primary School on Thursday 14th of December from 6 – 7.00pm. This will be followed immediately by refreshments as well as the Christmas Raffle draw in the Parish Hall.

December Birthday Celebration: After each Mass on the weekend of 16th & 17th December 2017, we shall be celebrating all those parishioners whose birthday falls in December by cutting of the birthday cake. Please check your name is on the birthday list in the porch and if not, please add.

Youth Group Talent Show: Our Youth Group talent show will be after the birthday cake celebration on Sunday 17th December at roughly 12.15pm in the parish hall. Please come along and support our Youth Group.

Readers & EMs – Christmas Masses: Please find a list in the porch for our services over Christmas and the New Year. Please write your name and tick your preference for your contribution to these important Masses.

Visitation of the Sick and the Housebound: All the Sick and the Housebound of the Parish will be visited by Fr. Cyriacus before Christmas. We request the Eucharistic ministers who are involved in taking communion to the sick to consult with Fr. Cyriacus in planning this visit.

Parish Christmas Cards: Please do take your own Christmas card at the back of the Church. Details of the major services and times for Christmas and New Year Masses are contained there. The Parish requests you to take a few extra cards and invite your loved ones, friends and neighbours to our Church at this Christmas and New Year celebrations. If you wish to give a Christmas card to any of our parishioners, you may place it in the Post Box, which is in the Church Porch. We will empty the Post Box on weekends and place the cards on a table at the back of the Church.

Open house with Fr. Cyriacus for Christmas Meal: Fr. Cyriacus will be having an open house for the lonely and those who would like to celebrate Christmas with him on 25th December from 12pm – 2pm. If you would like to join him for this Christmas meal, please fill in the form at the Porch and post it through Fr. Cyriacus’ post box.

Christmas Raffle 2017: The Parish Outreach Group is organizing a Christmas raffle draw. The prizes are: 1st: £100; 2nd: £50; 3rd: £25 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers; 4th, 5th & 6th: Christmas Hampers. The draw will take place on December 14th immediately after the Carol Service.

Gift Aid: Please note that we have received a tax refund of £1517.97 for gift aid. Thank you to all those parishioners who participate in this scheme.

Catholic Schools: Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to the? Then we need you to make your voice hear. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic Schools.

OLC Walking Group: The next walk will be on Saturday 16th December at 11am. Meeting in Farnborough Village; you can take a bus 358 from Orpington High Street. For more information, please call Lisa Kent on 01689 871340.

Seniors' Dinner: The Seniors Dinner will be held on Sunday 4th February 2018 after 11am. Attendees and helpers, please put your name down on the list in the porch.

Fatima Pilgrimage 2018: If you are interested in our Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal in June 2018, please write your name on the list provided in the porch. All details of the trip are also provided in the porch.

Primary School Admissions: In line with the deadline for Bromley Primary School Admissions, which is Monday 15th January 2018, we will not be accepting primary school supplementary information forms (SIF) until the week of 8th January 2018.

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 9 & 10 December

Cleaning rota

M Quintavalle

Readers 6pm Mass

C St. John and AM Atlay

Readers 9am Mass

M Wingfield and J Fernandes

Readers 11am Mass

P Temenior

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

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


T Obende

Weekend of 16 & 17 December

Cleaning rota

T Fernandes

Readers 6pm Mass

J Tarrant and Chima

Readers 9am Mass

M Abu and M Dunleavy

Readers 11am Mass

P O’Halloran and J Smith

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

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


H Coker

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