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Bulletin - 8 January 2017

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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.

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.

SVP Emergency Line: 07833 776573 

The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees, they did him homage. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11)            

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Epiphany of Jesus, which is the revelation of Jesus to the whole world.  

This feast reaffirms that the newborn King is the Light of the world. Central in this feast, was the visit of the Magi – the three wise men – to the Infant Jesus. We note that the gifts they presented to Christ were consistent with his kingly and divine nature, and also prefigured his death. The gift of Gold points to his kingship, the gift of Frankincense shows his divinity and the gift of Myrrh shows that his salvific work will be climaxed with his death on the cross.

As we begin the New Year with our various resolutions, may we, like the Magi, present the gifts of ourselves in humble service to Christ and our neighbours. May we also present the gifts of love and charity to all who will come our way in this New Year.

First reading:  A reading from the book of Isaiah 60:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 71:1-2 7-8 10-13
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 2:1-12

Sat 6.00pm: Noreen and George Inglis, RIP
Sun 9.00am: Pro Populo
Sun 11.00am: Irene Stone, RIP

9.30am Mass: Holy Souls

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm: Holy Souls

9.30am: Holy Souls
No Parish Surgery

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

11.00am: Requiem Mass of Uche Oligbo
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Romesh Perera, RIP

9.00am Mass: Kitty Forsythe, GB
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  

Fr. Cyriacus will be away from the 2nd-13th January 2017. Fr. Richmond, a student priest from Rome, will be looking after the parish in his absence. Please give him all the necessary love and support during his stay here in the Parish.

Please note that the confirmation class scheduled for Sunday 8th January at 6pm is now cancelled.  The next confirmation class will be on Sunday 15th January at 6pm.

We will be taking the Christmas decorations down on the 10th January at 10.00am.  We need volunteers to come and help do this and we particularly need help with the tree decorations.  If you can spare an hour or two please come along to help.

We regret to announce the demise of Uche Oligbo, who was well known in our Parish.  Sadly, Uche passed away on the 24th December, 2016. We condole with his family and pray for the eternal repose of his soul. His funeral Mass will be held here at Our Lady of the Crays on Saturday 14th January at 11.00am followed by the crematorium service at Kemnal Park Crematorium at 1.00pm.

The finance committee will be meeting on Monday 16th January at 7.30pm.

The council will have its first meeting in the New Year on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm.

The Croft Team Room will be hosting a traditional Burns Night celebration on Saturday 21st January from 7pm onwards.  You can enjoy a hearty 4 course supper along with poetry and music.   The cost is £22.50 per person, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01689 835569 to book your place.

This will take place on 29th January after 11am Mass.  If you would like to attend please put your name and contact details on the sheet provided in the porch. Helpers are also needed and if you are able to help out on the day, there is a separate sheet for you to write your name and contact number.

We will no longer be subscribing to The Universe or Ireland’s Own publications, this is due to large amounts of wastage.  Please do take a copy of The Universe for free this week as this shall be the last time we receive this publication.  We shall still be receiving the Catholic Times and The Pilgrim for the foreseeable future.  

If your birthday falls in the month of January please complete your details on the birthday list in the porch.

The Theme of this weekend is Discerning God's Call. The sisters of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ), will give input on different aspects of vowed life, time for prayer, reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life. It's an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters!  It takes place in New Cross, London on 27th-29th January. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website

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.

John Philip, Denis Cahill, Charles Abu, Douglas Pyne, Darren Padiwski, Patrick Grealis, James Williams, Liam Williams, Mary Van Der Luit, Sheila Burt, Alf Angelini, Thomas John Lee, Warren Marshall, David Quirk, Nora Inglis, Terrence O’Rouke, Sioney Cox, Ronald Hanson, John Lynch, Mary Chivers, Mary Harris, James Snr McNally, Norman Smith, Catherine Connerly, Irene Rudolph, Catherine Walsh, Leslie Teighe, June Dear, William Reid, Carmel Cook, Anne Mummery, Patrick Walsh, Sid Cox, Bernard Bush, Edward Lynch, Alex Fernandes and Carmen Maria Almeida.   

If you are a visitor or a new parishioner, 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. 

Team 2: M Wilson

C St.John and A-M Atlay

M Wilson amd M Dunleavy

P O’Halloran and D DSouza

N Abrook, H Cherry and R O’Shea

M Abu, M Lyons, and K Wingfield

F Adewale, R Anseline, P Greenidge, L Moscrop, M Ehiosun, Tony Wickenden and Terry Wickenden

T Obende

Team 3: M Fernandes

J Tarrant and J Loveridge

M Wingfield and J Fernandes

P Temenior and M Alademerin

J P Gallagher, D Philip and & B Inglis

I Floyd, T Meaney and M Armstrong

N Adewale, H Anseline, J Boamah, G Greenspan, P Greenidge, N Akosah and Tony Wickenden 

F Obende

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

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