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Bulletin - 12 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.

You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. For this reason, I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven, because she has shown such great love (Luke 7: 46-47).

The Church presents to us the interrelationship between God’s Justice, mercy and forgiveness. Judging by God’s nature, the weight of his mercy, love and forgiveness surpasses the weight of his judgment and anger. 

This unique nature of God is vividly captured in the Common Preface II: 

“For in goodness you created man and in justice you condemned him, and in mercy, you redeemed him, through Christ our Lord”. 

These dynamic divine attributes played out especially in the Gospel and First reading today. The heinous crime committed by David, albeit unpunished, was completely forgiven at his behest for God’s mercy and compassion. Similarly, Christ granted forgiveness to a woman acclaimed for her public sin. The case of this woman is really heart-rending, as she washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiped them dry with her hair.

Her cries were tears clamouring for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Like David and this woman, we are not strangers to Sin; but what sin car bar us from God’s love if we repent and ask for forgiveness? As God is ever ready to tamper His justice with mercy, may we ask Him for the grace to forgive those who have hurt us so much.

Sat 6.00pm: Pro Populo
Sun: 9am Mass: Amariah Dekwere, BT
11am Mass: Mary Ann Keenan, RIP

9.30am Mass: Terry Crowley, RIP
10.00am: Novena to St. Anthony 

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Ronash Perera, WB 

9.30am Mass: Bridie and Donie Crowley, GB
6.00pm – 7.30pm Parish Surgery

9.30am: Winnie and Victor Keogh, GB

11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass: Rev. William McCarthy, RIP
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Irene Williams and Mary McNally, BT

9am Mass: Mary Dunleavy, RIP
11am 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
Pro Populo: People of the Parish

First reading:  A reading from the book of Samuel 12:7-10,13
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 31:1-2,5,7,11
Response:  Forgive, Lord, the guilt of my sin of heart.
Second reading: A reading from the first Letter of St Paul to the Galatians 2:16,19-21
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 7:36-8:3

We express our deep appreciation to the European community for the wonderful way they organized their celebration last Sunday. The sumptuous lunch provided by this group in the parish hall, as well the large turnout of people is quite commendable.  May God reward and bless those who contributed in a special way to the success of this event.

The second collection this week is for Catholic Trust for England and Wales.  This trust supports the legal, financial and charitable activities of the Bishops’ Conference, its departments, agencies and offices.  This collection helps supply the Bishops of England and Wales with the revenue necessary for the central administration of the Church in this country.  Please give generously.

Our parishioner, Jo Loveridge, has completed her walking challenge.  Jo managed to successfully walk 102.01 miles.  Over, 110 people took part, walking a  total of 10,466.99 miles.  Jo will be collecting her sponsorship money after 6pm Mass on Saturday 18th June . A big thank to all those who supported Jo in this worthy cause.

The First Communion candidates work books can be collected from the table outside the hall after all Masses this weekend and next 18/19 June.  

Confirmation discs will be available for collection this weekend and next 18/19 June.

We are looking for one or two additional members for the Church Finance Committee. The Committee meets every two months at 7.30 usually on a Thursday although the day can be varied to meet Members' other commitments. We start at 7.30 and the meeting last about an hour and a half. It would help if you had some accountancy knowledge and are familiar with spreadsheets."

Please can all members of the Afro- Caribbean community come for a meeting in the hall next Sunday 19th June after 11am Mass.

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.

Parishioners who will be going to the Parish seaside outing at Eastbourne in their private cars should please notify Fr. Cyriacus. This information will be of help in planning the travel logistics. 

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.

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.

Our parishioner, Flavio Iorio’s charity bike ride back in April raised a total of £630.00. This amount will be equally shared between the Hastings Lifeboat, St.Michael ’s Hospice, & the Water Well Project in Kenya sponsored by St.Theresa’s RC Church in Biggin Hill.  Flavio would like to thank all the Parishioners for their most generous support

This meets every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house.

We remember in our payers: 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.

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. 

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.

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

Team 3: Ruby Fernandes 

Jim Tarrant and Joanna Loveridge

Maire Wilson and Margaret Dunleavy

Paul Temenior and Ray Currier

Norma Abrook, Helen Cherry and Rosaline O’Shea

Ivy Floyd, Terry Meaney and Marina Armstrong

Harvey Anseline, Mary Aladamerin and Terry Wickenden

Helen Coker

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