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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.

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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 

How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs (Matt 5:3) 

All the readings of today remind us of God’s special favour and blessings for the poor, the meek, the humble, the persecuted and the less privileged. In the First Reading, Prophet Zephaniah presents the poor as those who are repressed by the inequities of the powerful, those who never loose hope, who seek the Lord with trust and rely only on Him completely.

Along the same view, St. Paul reminds us in the Second Reading that God’s standard of judgement is different from human parameter, for God chooses what is foolish and weak to shame those who are considered wise and strong in human reckoning. Similarly, the Gospel recalls Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount which centres on the Eight beatitudes: Beatitude is the framework for a fulfilled and a happy Christian life: these “happy attitudes” are the charter of God’s kingdom.  

Surprisingly, according to Jesus, the happy and blessed are not the propertied, not the contented or the successful, but rather the poor, the hungry, the mourners, the despised and persecuted (Matt.5:3). The rest of the beatitudes conferred blessings on those who are gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for justice, those who are merciful, those who are pure in heart, those who are peacemakers and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness. 

What Jesus teaches us today in the beatitudes is contradictory to what the world extols. However Jesus’ teaching is not unattainable. Fortunately for us, history throws up rare examples of individuals who incarnate one or other of these beatitudes, like St. Francis of Assisi or Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Over and above all, the beatitudes is about letting go of things in our lives that are not life giving: I can have wealth, but it needs not control me, and drives me in a compulsive way towards accumulating more and more wealth.

When I forgive someone, I am setting myself free. When I champion the course of what is right and I am persecuted for doing that, then I am really free and at peace with God. As we accept and live out the words of the beatitudes, may we be suffused with the blessings contained therein.

First reading:  A reading from the prophet Zephaniah 2:3,3:12-13
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 145 (146) :6-10
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:1-12

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

9.30am Mass: Eileen Blackwell, RIP

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm: Uche Oligbo, RIP

9.30am: Daphne Toothe, RIP 
6.00pm-7.30pm: Parish Surgery

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am:  John Schoon, SR 

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: Michael Moran, RIP

9.00am Mass: Uche Oligbo, RIP 
11.00am Mass: Pro Populo

Note

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 draw will be held this Sunday 29 January 2017 after 9.00am Mass. The prize will be £250 for the January draw.

This will take place this Sunday 29th January immediately after 11am Mass.  

If your birthday falls in February, please write your name on the birthday list in the porch.   Please help us by writing your name clearly.

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).

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.

This retreat will take place on Saturday 11 February 2017 at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6H. Please see poster in the porch for further information.

All are welcome to a series of talks on 'Reasons for believing’ which will take place at 7:30pm on alternate Tuesdays from 7th February 2017 (subsequent talks are on Tuesday 21st February, 7th March & 21st March). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full dates and details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.

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.

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 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

Team 1: F Adewale

P DSouza and J Loverdige 

M Fernandes and F Iorio

M Withams and Terry Wickenden

H Cherry, D Winter and J Tarrant

M Armstrong, A Clarke and E North

H Anseline, J Boamah, C De Sousa, N Akosah, G Greenspan, E Williams, and M Alademerin

T Akagbosu

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