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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 

Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the Salt of the earth…You are the Light of the world” (Matt 5:13-14)

The emphases today in all the readings are the need for us Christians to radiate the light of Christ and live up to our responsibilities as Christians. The First reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah exhorts us to show justice and compassion for the weak, needy and the vulnerable. For through these acts of compassion, the goodness of God will be revealed and in this way, the disciple’s light will blossom like the Lily (Isaiah 58:8). 

The Responsorial psalm corroborates this view thus: “The Just person is a light in darkness to the upright” (Psalm 112:4-5f). In the Gospel, Christ gives one of the greatest compliments to His disciples by calling them the “Salt of the earth and Light of the world” (Matt.5:13). Salt is a basic and essential ingredient in our diet and it lends flavour to food; for food without salt is tasteless. 

Hence, when Jesus invariably says to us: You are the salt of the earth, it simply means that we must lend flavour to life, bring joy, happiness, peace and justice to the world. We must be harbingers of hope and consolation, love, care and concern to those who come our way. When He calls us Light of the World, it means that there cannot be a secret Christian discipleship as such; for either the secrecy will betray the discipleship or the discipleship will destroy the secrecy. 

Thus, a true disciple of Christ must be perfectly visible in the world. It is high time we stood up for what we believe in: this is the time for us to defend our faith. By His grace, we are the light and salt of the world, and we must radiate this light to others. May God give us the grace to become true Salt and Light to the earth by proclaiming the crucified Christ through our actions and words. May anybody who comes in contact with us feel the presence of Christ in the world. 

This Sunday's readings

First reading:  A reading from the prophet Isaiah 58:7-10
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 111(112):4-9
Second reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 2:1-5
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:13-16

Sat 6.00pm: Michael Moran, RIP
Sun 9.00am: Uche Oligbo, RIP
Sun 11.00am: Pro Populo

9.30am Mass: Isobel Philip, RIP
10.00am: Novena to St. Anthony of Padua 

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm: Helen Freeney, RIP

9.30am: Michael Aplin, RIP
6.00pm-7.30pm: Parish Surgery
7.15pm: Liturgical Committee’s Meeting

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: Uche Oligbo, RIP 
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Pro Populo 

9.00am Mass: Mary McDonell, RIP 
11.00am Mass: Uche Oligbo, RIP


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.

Next Sunday is Racial Justice Day.  There will be a second collection to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote racial justice in our schools, parishes and the entire society.  Please donate generously.

The inaugural meeting of this group will be held on Thursday 9th of February at 7.15pm in the Parish office.  

The next coffee morning will be held in the hall on Monday 13th February at 10am.

This group will be meeting on Monday 13th of February at 7.30pm in the Parish office. We welcome the new members who signed up to join this group.

If your birthday falls in February, please write your name CLEARLY on the birthday list in the porch.  The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in February, will be officially marked on Sunday 19th February. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshments will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively.

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 next bible study class will take place on Thursday 23rd February at 7.45pm.  

The next Mass of the sick will be held on Sunday 26th February at 3pm.

The appeal for CAFOD Lenten Fast day will take place at all Masses this weekend after the post-communion prayer. 

Congratulations to our January winner!  A cheque for £250 is on its way to Mr Sean Wickenden – No. 124.  

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

Coloma Convent Girls School in Croydon are looking for Exam Invigilators, part-time periodically throughout the year.  For an application form and job description please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0208 654 6228.  Closing Date: 26th February 2017.

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 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

L Clarke

Team 2: M Wilson

C St.John and A-M Atlay

M Wingfield and J Fernandes

P O’Halloran and D DSouza

J P Gallagher, D Philip and B Inglis

M Abu, M Lyons, and K Wingfield

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

E Temenior

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