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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 

“And he said to them, ‘Come after me and I will make you fishers of men. And at once, they left their nets and followed him (Matt 4:19-20)

The First Reading presents the Messianic prophesy of Isaiah giving hope to the people of Zebulun and Naphtali, who dwelt in the land of gloom and walked in darkness.

In the Gospel Jesus began his ministry on the shore of the Sea of Galilee 'in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali.' This reminds Matthew the Evangelist of a prophecy from Isaiah, which he now sees being fulfilled in Jesus, “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, ... the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light; on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen. Jesus is that light that shines in the world (Jn.8:12), and brings the world renewed hope, joy, forgiveness and peace. 

It is interesting to note that Jesus’ inaugural address, as He begins his public ministry, is: Repent for the Kingdom of God is near at hand. His first act was to gather some disciples who would share his work and his mission. They are not the Pharisees or Scribes, not scholars or influential members of the community, but fishermen who may have been quite illiterate.

How did the first four disciples respond to Jesus' call? In St. Matthew's words, "At once they left their nets and followed him." (Matt.4:20). 

Throughout his ministry Jesus reminds his disciples that He is the light of the world (Jn.8:12); and that they would continue to radiate this light. In no uncertain terms, Christ tells his disciples: ''You are the light of the world and the Salt of the earth (Matt.5:13-14). This the central purpose of Jesus’ call to discipleship. By the virtue of our Baptism, we have received the light of Jesus, and have been called to discipleship.

It is then our collective responsibility to make the light of Jesus shine in the world. We can do so by first uncovering the many dark areas within us - our selfishness, weaknesses, hurts, and inclinations to greed, power and fame. Once our lives are illumined with the light of Christ, we can then shine out for others to see.

This Sunday's readings

First reading:  A reading from the book of Isaiah Isaiah 8:23-9:3
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 26(27):1,4,13-14
Second reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 1:10-13,17
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 4:12-23

Sat 6.00pm: Irene Lawlor, RIP
Sun 9.00am: Deceased members of Lynch family, RIP
Sun 11.00am: Pro Populo

9.30am Mass: Helen Coker, BT

No Mass

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

9.30am: Laura Jane Luckhurst, RIP
7.45pm: Bible Study Class 
6.00pm-7.30pm: Parish Surgery

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am:Florence Amire & Family, TG & WB

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: Liam Williams, RIP

9.00am Mass: Pro Populo
11.00am Mass: Deceased members of Dunne Family, RIP 
12.30pm: Senior Citizens’ Dinner


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

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.

The next meeting of the SVP will be this Sunday 22nd January after the 11am Mass in the Committee Room.  New members are always welcome.  Do you feel you could support the work of the SVP in our community and the ethos of reaching out to the disadvantaged?  Why not come along?

The next Holy Communion class is this Sunday 22nd January at 9.30am. Children are expected to attend 11am Mass with their families after class. 

The new RCIA class resumes this Sunday after 11am Mass.  The new co-ordinator is Nneka Oma-Idahosa.  

The next confirmation class is this Sunday 22nd January at 6-00pm.  All candidates are expected to attend.

We will be celebrating January birthdays with cutting of the cake this 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 needed for setting up on the 28th as well as serving food & drinks on the actual day.  We also need help with kitchen duties and clearing up.  If you can spare some time please put your name down on the list in the porch. 

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 (07903 776 127) or Lisa (07951 169 119). 

This Group will be meeting on Thursday 2nd February at 7.15pm. Important issues concerning proposed projects in the New Year will be discussed.

We will be screening the film 'Song of Bernadette' at 4pm on Sunday 19th February in the Church Hall, telling the story of how a sickly girl in a French mountain village was used to overcome all the power of the state to obstruct the Faith, and to teach the Church through Jesus' Mother. The film lasts 2½ hours, please do join us.

The Parish hall is available for hire on Saturdays 1.30-5pm & 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.

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

Team 4:  D Byrne

N Antwi and N Abrook

M Dunleavey and C Meaney

J Smith and P Temenior

N Abrook, B Inglis and R O'Shea

T Meaney, A Clarke and E North

N Adewale, C De Sousa, M McEveney, P Greenidge, H Anseline, R Anseline L Moscrop

T Akagbosu

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