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Bulletin - 5 June 2016

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Rosary: Monday-Friday: 10am, Saturday: 1pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Sunday: 8.30am, 10.30am; Monday-Friday: 9am; Saturday: 11.30am and 17.30pm

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 01689 816502 / 821749 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday June 5th - 10th Sunday

When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.’ And the dead man sat up and began to talk (Luke 11:13-15).

The First reading and Gospel present to us the miracle of restoration of life: The sons of the Widow of Zarephath and the Widow of Nain. In these two scenarios, Elijah’s raising of the son of the Widow of Zarephath may be justified; after all this woman had demonstrated strong faith in God, made request for her son to be restored to life and had also fed and sheltered the prophet.

But in the case of the widow of Nain, there was no evidence of faith whatsoever; Jesus rather took the initiative to approach her. Why then did Jesus go this far for the widow of Nain? The only plausible answer is that Jesus is simply being true to his nature as God, a compassionate God; his nature to love unconditionally, especially those who are in most need of God’s mercy.

The compassion of Jesus moved him to dare all odds and touched the bier carrying the dead man. He became unclean by this singular act according the Jewish Tradition for seven days (Numbers 19:11-16). Jesus was not worried about being unclean but was more concerned with the welfare of this woman, her dead son and the wailing crowd.

The compassion of Jesus changes people’s life and make them anew. May, we ask Jesus for the grace to receive his healing touch, which he continually gives to us; and may we be, ready to extend compassion to people that are privileged to come our way.

Sat 6.00pm: Monica and John Gallagher, GB
Sun 9am Mass: Dos Santos Family
11am Mass: Pro Populo
Celebration of European Day

9.30am Mass: Jim Roarty, RIP
10.00am: Novena to St. Anthony

No Mass 

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Terry Crowley, RIP

9.30am Mass: Christy O’Connor Snr, RIP
6.00pm – 7.30pm Parish Surgery 

9.00: Novena to Divine Mercy
9.30am: All Holy Souls

11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass: Rose Coyle, RIP
6.00pm Mass: Pro Populo

9am Mass: Amariah Dekwere, BT
11am Mass: Mary Ann Keenan, RIP


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
Pro Populo: People of the Parish   

First reading: Kings 17:17-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 29:2,4-6,11-13
Second reading: A reading from the first Letter of St Paul to the Galatians 1:11-19
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 7:11-17

My Local Ordinary, Bishop Hilary will be visiting England from the 6th – 12th June. He will be celebrating the 11am Mass on Sunday 12th June for the Parish. You are invited to join in this celebration.

There will be a second collection next Sunday for Catholic Trust for England and Wales.

We appeal to parishioners to write the names of their deceased ones, including the dates of their death anniversaries, on the list placed in the porch. This list will enable us to update our Book of Remembrance. This is applicable to our deceased parishioners whose names are not already in this book.

The parish co-ordinator of RCIA will be stepping down from this duty after this session. We appeal to parishioners who are passionate about this job to apply to the Parish office or speak to the Parish Priest – Fr. Cyriacus.

The Parish is still in need of volunteers who will act as fire marshals of the Parish. You don’t have to be an experienced fire marshal in order to volunteer for this role. Training in basic safety/fire procedures will be provided for interested people. 

We shall be going to Eastbourne on Saturday 25th June. If you are interested in joining this parish trip, please put your name and your contact phone number in the list placed on the porch. 

Celebration of Marriage: On the weekend of 2nd / 3rd of July, we  shall celebrate a day for Married couples. Parish invites all the couples to join in this special Mass. Couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage vows at all weekend Masses and there will be a special blessing for the couple and a reception in the hall afterwards.

We would like to begin Children’s Liturgy classes at 11am Mass.  We are looking for volunteers who would be willing in teaching the children prayers, bible stories and what to expect when they come to Mass.  Please put your name down on the list in the Church porch if you are interested.

The next date for Readers to come together in the church hall is Tuesday 7th June at 8.00pm. This is also an opportunity for anyone who is interested in becoming a reader to come along and join the group. Unfortunately, Thursday 9th June is now cancelled. 

Bishop Challoner invites applications for the post of Head of Junior Department at Bishop Challoner School. For an application pack please download the documents from the school website: or contact the school office on 020 8460 3546, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date for applications:  Friday 17th June 2016 by 1.00 pm

If you are a visitor or new to the Parish, we welcome you to our Parish. 

If you would like to become a member of our parish and have not yet registered, please fill in a Registration Form which can be found in the back of the porch and hand it over to Fr Cyriacus.

You are most welcome to join us for a cup of tea or coffee in the Hall after all Masses on Sunday.

We remember in our prayers: John Wait, Margaret Plowman, Brigid Colond, Arunette O’Connor, Julius Okoye, Raymond Parry, Terrence Harold, Rolundo Manangan, John Butamanyan, Assunta Freeman, Sheila Edith Lewis, Maureen Cohan, Barbara Lynch, Alice Wright, Margaret McCulla, Mary Ashton, Margaret Aarkson, Mary Dunleavy, Kathleen Fitzsimons, Dominc Egbukwu, Anne Marie Kearney, Mary-Theresa Lynch, Alice Darla, Gladys Okoye, Susane Mubi, Paolo Fanucci, Olive Bagust, Gladys Wells, George O’Brien, Angela Spiteri, Thomas Elliott, Bernard Cobley, Gabriel Bello, Joyce Lee, Mary Southgate, Moses Shofowuru, Ann Joyce Lee.

Please continue to pray for: Alice Welsh, Mary McNally, Eleanor Smith, Alan Lavin, Joan Graham, Winnie Powell, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, Mary Stanley, John & Anne Betts, Janet Sinclair, Peggy Colman, Frances Hill, John Cafferkey, Marya Misajat, Shelia Santos, Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish.

Team 1: Funmi Adewale

Priya De Souza and Joanna Loveridge

Mary Fernandes and Flavio Iorio

George Wickenden and Mark Withams

Helen Cherry, Dominica Winter and Jim Tarrant

Marina Armstrong, Alan Clarke and Evelyn North

Joyce Boamah, Carmelina De Sousa and Margaret Ehiosun

Lilian Clarke

Team 2: Maire Wilson

Carl St John and Anne-Marie Atlay

Michael Wingfield and Jocelyn Fernandes

Philip O' Halloran and Jennifer Smith

J P Gallagher, David Philip and Brian Inglis

Maria Abu, Michael Lyons and Kath Wingfield

Rosy Anseline, Patrick Greenidge and Mary Aladermerin

Ese Temenior

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