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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 God that comes to meet us in the Scriptures is not indifferent to the human sufferings. He is a God that in contrary, takes to heart all our sufferings. He knows all our situations, He says, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings” (Ex. 3, 7).  

God is in contact with our human sufferings; He stands with us and permeates our despair. He experienced sufferings like us and in the moment of his utmost challenge, He cried out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Mark 15, 34). It is this God that John the Baptist said of: “This is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world”. 

Here is the God who lets Himself be wounded by man’s wickedness, who lets Himself be moved by the sufferings of this world.  It is in this, that our Christian faith is distinguished from the faith of other religions. Our God became man, identified with human sufferings and by His Cross, gave new life and meaning to humanity: we are consoled because God is close to us in our sufferings; He understands and knows our feelings.

By the virtue of our baptism, we are called to be hands and feet of Jesus on the Cross in reaching out to the needy. Like the Psalmist, our response to this call should always be: “Here I am Lord; I come to do your will”. The will of Christ is that ‘the blind can see again, the lame can walk, the lepers be cleansed, the deaf can hear, the dead shall be raised, and the good news be proclaimed to the poor’ (cf. Matthew 11:5).  

As adopted children of God, we have been chosen and prepared for this task; like John the Baptist, it is our duty to prepare and help these brethren to meet Christ.

First reading:  A reading from the book of Isaiah 49:3,5-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 39(40):2,4,7-10
Second reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 1:1-3
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 1:29-34

Sat 6.00pm: Holy Souls
Sun 9.00am: Kitty Forsythe, GB
Sun 11.00am: Pro Populo 

9.30am Mass: Holy Souls
11.00am: New School term Mass at St. Philomena’s School.
7.30pm: Parish Finance Council meeting 

No Mass

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

9.30am: Holy Souls
7.30pm: Parish Council meeting
6.00pm-7.30pm: Parish Surgery 

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am:  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: Holy Souls 
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Irene Lawlor, RIP

9.00am Mass: Deceased members of the Lynch family, RIP 
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

From 18th until 25th January the Church observes eight days’ prayer for Christian Unity. 

The next confirmation class will be on Sunday 15th January at 6pm.

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.

We regret to announce the demise of Denis Palmer, who was an ex-parishioner of our Parish.  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 Friday 20th January at 1.00pm followed by the crematorium service at Beckenham Crematorium at 3.00pm.

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.

If your birthday falls in the month of January please complete your details on the birthday list in the porch.  We will be celebrating January birthdays with cutting of the cake on Sunday 22nd January after both Masses. 

The next Bible Study class will be held on Thursday 26th January at 7.45pm.  The theme will be 'Infectious Joy’, Luke 1: 5-80.  Please bring your Bible with you. 

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.

The next draw will be held on Sunday 29 January 2017. The prize will be £250 for the January draw.

Our Youth Group will perform a drama production in Easter Week titled "Sacrifice" based on the Passion of Christ. Rehearsals start Friday 20th January 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Church hall. Any youth interested between the ages of 10 to 19 (particularly confirmation candidates), please sign the list in the porch. Any questions please ask Niké (07903776127) or Lisa (07951169119).

All young people in Bromley Deanery between the ages of 10-18yrs are invited to attend a Youth Mass on Saturday 21st January at 6.00pm at St Joseph’s Church, Plaistow Lane, Bromley. This will be followed by Pizza in the hall afterwards.  We will need musicians singers and artists as well as those good at drama to make this a success. We will be meeting in the Skip Appleton Room (next to the Hall) at 3.30pm on Saturday 21st January.  We would also be grateful if those interested could contact the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

From Programme to Proclamation will focus on setting up or kick-starting parish Evangelisation teams. We would be delighted if you and any of your parishioners wished to join us. You may register for either  Friday, 20 January, 2017 at St. Patrick's Church, Soho Square or Saturday, 21 January, 2017 at Ealing Abbey by emailing: <ahref="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Parish hall is available for hire on Saturdays 1-5pm & Sundays 1-6pm.  To hire this venue please contact the Parish secretary (Wed-Fri only) on 01689 821749 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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.

We remember in our prayers: 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.  

Team 2: M Wilson

J Tarrant and J Loveridge

M Wilson and M Dunleavy

P Temenior and M Alademerin

N Abrook, H Cherry and R O’Shea

I Floyd, T Meaney and M Armstrong

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

F Obende 

Team 3: T Fernandes

AM Atlay and A Marshall 

C Meaney and Chima 

M Francis and S Moujalled 

JP Gallagher, D Philip, and B Inglis

M Wingfield, M Lyons and M Fernandes

F Adewale, M Alademerin, M Ehiosun, M McEveney, L Moscrop, E Williams and Terry Wickenden

A Kane

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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