Masses, celebrations, events and info
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.
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.
Our Lady’s Pre-School
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 26 February 2017: Eighth Sunday (A)
So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What are we to wear?...Your heavenly Father knows you need them all” (Matthew 6: 31-32)
The First and the Gospel readings complement each other in presenting God as a loving parent who provides unceasingly for his children. In the First reading, God is depicted as a mother who has compassion for her child; for even if earthly mothers forget their children, God will never forget us (Isaiah 49: 15).
In the Second reading, Pauls reminds us not to be worried about peoples’ judgement since God is our ultimate Judge. He exhorts us to trust completely in God who loves us and has plans for everyone. In the Gospel reading, the imagery of God, as a loving father is vividly portrayed.
This is a God who cares and provides for us when all hope is lost. Interestingly, the Gospel challenges us to eschew undue worry for our sustenance and for the future. When he says, “Don’t worry about tomorrow” he is not discouraging planning for the future; rather he is condemning undue worries and fretting that prevent us from living beyond materialism and the cares of this world.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “what shall we eat? Or “what shall we drink” or “what shall we wear” (Matt.6:31). Your heavenly Father knows you need them all (Matt.632). All we are required to do is to set our hearts on the Kingdom of God and God’s saving justice, and we shall have a fulfilled life.
Most times we are riddled with the fears of what the future holds in store for us. The fear of the unknown stifles our potentials to aspire to greatness. Today, Christ challenges us to overcome this fear, to live in the present moment and focus our attention on what needs to be done today. Let us then commend our future plans, security and welfare in the hands of God, as He is more than able to protect us and provide for us.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First reading: A reading from the book of Isaiah 49:14-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 61(62):2-3, 6-9
Second reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 4:1-5
Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 6:24-34
PARISH INFORMATION, FAITH NEWS & MISSION
Second Collection: A second collection will be held this week for the Poor Parishes Fund. This collection enables the Archbishop to make grants to some of the poorer parishes in the diocese. Please donate generously.
Lenten Season: The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday, 1st March 2017. We shall have two masses at 9.30am and 7.30pm. It is a day of fasting and abstinence. Ashes will be blessed during the mass, after the homily.
Stations of the Cross: During this Lenten period, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7.30pm to be conducted by the different Groups in the Parish. Leading the Stations of the Cross this Friday 3rd March will be the Mothers’ Prayer Group.
Rite of Election: The Rite of Election takes place at St. George’s Cathedral on Saturday, 4th of March 2017 at 12.30pm. The Rite of Election is for those preparing to be initiated at Easter as Christians in the Catholic Church. In this Liturgy, Archbishop Peter Smith will also celebrate the Call to Continuing Conversion for those baptized Christians who are to be received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church
A Day with Jesus: In order that parishioners will have a grace filled Lenten Season we are holding ‘A Day with Jesus’ on Saturday 25th March starting at 10am. The theme of the day is “Yes, I shall arise and return to my father” (Luke 15:18). A detailed itinerary is shown on the poster in the porch.
Charismatic Group: The Life in the Spirit Seminars - Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a spiritual movement within the Church that incorporates aspects of both Catholic and charismatic practice. It places an emphasis on having a personal relationship with Jesus and expressing the gifts of the Spirit. Charismatic worship usually holds prayer meetings outside of Mass and features such gifts as prophecy and faith healing. The mission of the Charismatic Group is to educate believers into the totality of the declaration of the gospels. We are starting a Charismatic Group within our parish; if you are interested in joining The Life in the Spirit Seminars please add your details to the list in the porch.
St Patrick’s Day: We will be hosting St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Friday 17th March from 7-11pm in the church hall. We have secured a live band called "Comfort Shuntz" who will be entertaining us with lots of Irish songs. Participants should bring their own beverages and nibbles. Tickets are £5 per person or £15 per family of four; these will be on sale from this weekend. If you are able to help at this event then please put your name down on the list provided in the porch.
Healing Mass: The next mass of the sick will be held this Sunday 26th February at 3pm.
SVP: The SVP is holding its normal meeting after 11am Mass this Sunday 26th Feb in the Committee Room. Why not join us and see how we help give relief to our parish community through our work by turning concern in action. Alternatively you can speak to one of our members or make contact through advisories on the Narthex notice board.
Concert: The Sine Nomine Singers will be performing here at Our Lady of the Crays on Saturday 25th March at 8pm. Tickets are £10 per person (£5 unemployed or students) and will be available on the door or in advance from www.wegottickets.com/theukulele. All proceeds are in aid of Woodlarks – Camping for the Disabled. Please do come along.
Stewardship: Once again the Diocesan Stewardship Team are making available by e-mail each day during Lent a reflection with a Stewardship theme based on the day’s Mass reading. Please sign up using at http://eepurl.com/bF0b6P. Stewardship is a spirituality that is accessible to everyone; the concept of gratitude to God for his personal gifts to us in our lives acts as a focus and provides the right language for our people’s lived faith. For parishioners it can resonate with their own lives, their responsibilities, character and experiences. Stewardship can provide the vocabulary and spiritual imagery to describe, affirm, sustain and promote much of what we already do in our parishes and in our lives; this spirituality can provide a cohesion and closeness to Our Lord that may still be lacking in our lived discipleship.
Film Show: We will be screening the epic film 'The Ten Commandments' in the Church Hall at 4pm on Sunday 2nd April, telling the story of Moses and how God chose, prepared, and used him to lead the Chosen People from slavery to freedom in the Promised Land under His Law. The film will last 4 hours with a brief interval halfway.
Youth Group Production: On 2nd April our youth group will be performing "Sacrifice": a short presentation of drama and singing based on the Passion of Christ. It will be at 11am Mass after the final blessing. Please come along to watch this production.
Children’s Liturgy Classes: We are still in need of volunteers for our proposed Children Liturgy Classes. These classes can only go ahead if we have the support of volunteers from our parish. If you think this is something you would like to be involved with, please put your details on the list in the back of the porch and the parish secretary will email you with further information.
CAFOD: A Lenten Fast Day appeal will be made at Masses next weekend 4th & 5th March.
40 for 40 Challenge for Lent: Lent is traditionally a time of reflection, where people choose to give up something to mark the occasion. This Lent the Bromley Borough Foodbank is asking people if they will give up 40 pence for the 40 days of Lent to help us continue to support people in crisis. Please see poster in the porch for more information.
Parish Events 2017: Please see our events calendar on the church door regarding the upcoming Parish events for 2017.
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.
Request for Prayer for the Sick and the Housebound
Please continue to pray for: Mario Angeli, Alice Welsh, Mary McNally, Eleanor Smith, Alan Lavin, Joan Graham, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, P J Connor, Mary Stanley, Anne Betts, Janet Sinclair, Peggy Colman, Frances Hill, John Cafferkey, Marya Misajat, Shelia Santos and all the Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE – NAMES FOR FEBRUARY
We remember in our payers: Anthony Lobo, Vincent Rudolph, Peter Herbert Spink, Rosalind Flusorio, Mary Saggers, Michael Moron, William Gudge, Tommy Glancy, Isobel Philip, John Faithfull, Rosa Laurence, Diana Sandra Andrew, Kathleen Gudge, Sarah Sheridan, Frederick Alphonsus Vereker, Reg Luckhurst, Mary O Shea, Beatrice Lilian Murray, Anne Agnes O’Neill, Eileen Fuller, Boniface Mere, Alice Morrissey, Terence Thomas Clono, Anna Maria West, Michael Patrick Wellard, Ann Ward, Winifred Maud Vannaci, Kenneth Jonson, Freda May Perrette, Norah Louisa Smyth, Bernard Joseph Kullet, Patrick Conney, Kath Sheffield, Jorge De Sá Almeida and Catherine Smith.
MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH
25 & 26 February
4 & 5 March
Euch. M. 6pm
JP Gallagher, D Philip,
& D Winter
H Cherry, D Winter
& J Tarrant
Euch. M. 9am
M Wingfield, M Lyons
& M Fernandes
M Armstrong, A Clarke
& E North
F Adewale, M Alademerin,
M Ehiosun, M McEveney,
L Moscrop, E Williams
& Terry Wickenden
H Anseline, J Boamah,
C De Sousa, N Akosah,
G Greenspan, E Williams,
& M Alademerin
DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Sun: Feb.26: Eighth Sunday (A)
Sat: 6.00pm: Pro Populo
Sun: 9.00am: Floyd Family, TG
Sun: 11.00am: Kenneth Jonson, RIP
3pm: Healing Mass
9.30am Mass: Katherine Smith, RIP
Tues: Feb. 28: No Mass
Wed: Mar.1: Ash Wednesday
9.30.am: Ivy, Andrew & Thomas Floyd, GB
11.00am:Service at St.Peter & Paul Academy
13.30pm:Service at St. Philomena’s School
7.30pm: Mary Stanley, GB
Sat: Mar.4: Feria
9.00am: Confessions for First Holy Communion Candidates
11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass: Deceased members of Easterbrook family
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Mary McNally, SR
Sun: Mar.5: First Sunday of Lent (A)
9.00am Mass: Pro Populo
11.00am Mass: Cath Cattigan, SR
Thu: Mar.2: Feria
9.30am: P.J. O’Connor, TG
6.00pm-7.30pm: Parish Surgery
Fri: Feb.3: Feria
9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: Vincent Dunleavy, RIP
Note: SI means Special Intention
SR means Speedy Recovery
Bl means Blessed
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.