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Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:17

Bulletin 25 December 2016

Written by Super User

Masses, celebrations, events and info

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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.

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SVP Emergency Line: 07833 776573 

“As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart...” (Luke 2:19)

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. It is really remarkable that the Church places this celebration on the first day of the New Year to remind us of the special place she has in our lives as own mother and the mother of the Church.

We thank God for his innumerable blessings in the past year and implore him to bless us more abundantly in the New Year. The uniqueness of blessings in the First Reading, especially at the onset of the New Year, is really significant. After the assurances of peace and blessings,

St. Paul, in his Letter to the Galatians, assures us of our adoption as sons and daughters of God, through the redemptive merits of Christ. Through Christ, we have been given a new identity, our old lives have been completely obliterated: “For in Christ we are a new creation; old things have passed away” (2 Cor.5:17).  

The Gospel centres more on the Solemnity of the day by unveiling the contemplative quality of Mary. As we begin this year, Mary reminds us that in contemplation, we stand a better chance of discerning the will of God. Let us emulate her sterling virtues of humility and quiet disposition to distressing situations; and may God enable us to make the fundamental option to love him more, and honour our Blessed Mother Mary unceasingly in this New Year. 

Sat 6.00pm Vigil Mass: Eileen Merrigan,RIP
Sat 11.00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Sat 12.00pm Midnight Mass: Pro Populo
Sun 9.00am: P.F. Jesu Das, RIP

Mon Jan 2: SS. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
9.30am Mass: The Family of Orimolade, GB
10.00am: Novena to St. Anthony of Padua 

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm: Mary O’Shea, RIP 

9.30am: Holy Souls
No 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: Noreen and George Inglis, RIP 

9.00am Mass: Pro Populo
11.00am Mass: Irene Stone, RIP 

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.

First reading:  A reading from the first letter of St John 2:18-21 
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95(96):1-2,11-13
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 1:1-18 

First reading:  A reading from the book of Numbers 6:22-27 
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66(67):2-3,5,6,8
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Galatians 4:4-7 
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 2:16-21 

As we begin the New Year, the Parish Family wishes to say a thank you to all those who supported our community in various ways. Thank you for your love and support to the bereaved members of our parish, your loving care for the sick & the housebound, comforting presence to lonely, timely support to those who were in crisis and the helping hand you extended to the needy and less privileged of the Parish.

Your encouragement to the children & youth group of this Parish is unrivalled, and is very contributory to their enthusiasm and active engagement in the Parish programmes. Your generosity in financial matters, especially the monthly standing orders, is highly appreciated. Most of you are always willing to give their time and talent for the good of our Parish. As we acknowledge your invaluable support and hard work, we wish to recognize in a special way the following group:

  • SVP, Knights & Rosary Group
  • Finance Committee
  • Repository Team
  • Catechists
  • Cleaning Team 
  • Children’s Liturgy Team
  • Communication Group 
  • Choirs & Music Organisers
  • Coffee Morning Organisers 
  • Extraordinary Ministers of The Holy Communion & Visitation to the Sick
  • Event Organisers 
  • Altar Servers
  • Flower Arrangers 
  • Gift Aid Administrator
  • Money Counters 
  • Legal Aid Team 
  • Outreach Group
  • Ministers of the word/Readers
  • Sunday Collection & Offertory Organisers
  • Ministers of Welcoming/Ushers
  • Repairs & Maintenance helpers 
  • Parish Photographers
  • Tea & Coffee Team (After Sunday Masses)
  • Altar Linen Cleaners
  • Parish Hall Team
  • Sacred Vessel cleaners 
  • Rosary & Divine Mercy Prayer Group                  
  • Sacristans 
  • Safeguarding Representative
  • School Governors
  • Social Committee
  • Web Master/Co-ordinator
  • Votive Candles Team
  • Youth Group and Leaders

Fr Cyriacus Wishes to extend his heart-felt gratitude to all- babies, children, youth, adults and the elderly - for your love and prayers. Your inestimable support has been so immense throughout the past year. I appreciate the very many cards, gifts, and your generosity with the Christmas offerings. Be assured of my continual prayers for all of you.

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.

This will take place on 29th January 2017.  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.

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, Uche Oligbo and all the Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish.

We remember in our payers: 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.  

Have a joyful New Year Celebration!

P D Souza and J Loveridge

M Fernandes and F Iorio

M McEveney and T 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 Coker

Team 1: F Adewale

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

Team 4: T Obende

Saturday, 31 December 2016 08:28

Bulletin - 25 December 2016

Written by Super User

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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 

Today, a saviour has been born to us; He is Christ the Lord (Luke 2: 11)  

The yearly remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas is a special celebration for all Christians. It is a unique demonstration of the special love God has for us, as He allowed His only Son to take flesh for the salvation of the human race. Today, we celebrate this happy event, the wonderful feast of the Incarnation; the fact that our loving God reached out in love and became one like us in all things except sin. He took our lowly human nature in order to bring joy and salvation to the world.

Christ is born: give Him glory! Christ has come down from heaven: receive Him! Christ is now on earth: exalt Him! O you earth, sing to the Lord! O you nations, praise Him in joy, for He has been glorified! Our time of waiting is over. Jesus has been born in the stable at Bethlehem. Each day He will be born anew if we rise up to the challenge of proclaiming the angels’ message of peace on earth and glory to God in the highest.

May we transform the Christmas “joy to the world” into a personal “joy in my life, in my families and friends” both now and always. Amen!

First reading: A reading from the Prophet Isaiah 62:1-5 
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 88:4-5. 16-17.27.29
Second Reading: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 13:16-17.22-25
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:18-25 

First Reading: A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah 9:1-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95:1-3. 11-13
Second Reading:  A Reading from the letter of St. Paul to Titus 2:11-14
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 2:1-14

First Reading:  A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah 52:7-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97:1-6
Second Reading:   A Reading from the letter to the Hebrews 1:1-6
Gospel:  A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 1:1-18 

Please do collect the cards from the back of the Church that our parishioners have sent to you.  Please see list in porch showing details of our raffle prize winners.

If you kindly volunteered to serve this advent, please see the rota in the porch so you know when you are needed.

If you have a Gift Aid number, please use the Christmas offering envelope with your number on it. If you do not have a gift aid number, and at the same time you are a taxpayer, please write down your name and address so that the parish can claim 25% back as gift aid tax return on your donation. Please note that Christmas offering is your personal Christmas gift to the Priest and not the Parish.

Thanksgiving Service and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 11pm on Saturday 31st December, followed by Mass at Midnight.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year!

Children’s Mass: 4.00pm
Christmas Vigil Mass: 6.00pm
Carol Service: 11.30pm (doors open  at 11pm)
Midnight Mass: 12.00 Midnight

Christmas Mass: 10.00am

Vigil Mass: 6.00pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 11.00pm
Midnight Mass: 12.00am Midnight

Mass: 9.00am
Mass: 11.00am

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.

Saturday, 24 December 2016 14:26

Bulletin - 18 December2016

Written by Super User

Masses, celebrations, events and info

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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 

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus...” (Matthew 1:20-21)

Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent - the last Sunday prior to the feast of Christmas.   We are at the threshold of Christmas and in a few days’ time we will be celebrating the memory of that great event. 

The Season of Advent is riddled with God’s promise to send a messiah; today the circumstances surrounding the actual birth of Christ is vividly presented to us.  In the First Reading, Prophet Isaiah asks Ahaz, the king of Judah, to put his trust in God and God will offer him any sign he wishes. When the king refuses, God himself gives him the sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son. 

In the Second Reading, St. Paul sums up his Good News to the early Christians by telling them that Christ is a descendent of David and the Son of God. In the Gospel, we are told about the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. St. Joseph, who is specially chosen by God to be His instrument, is informed in a dream that his wife Mary is with child by the Holy Spirit. In this way, Joseph also enters fully into the mystery of the Divine plan of Salvation and becomes a part of it by being the foster-father of Jesus. 

Though Joseph played second fiddle to Mary, he was nonetheless to play a major role in God's plan. He was to provide Mary and Jesus with the needed care and protection. Joseph and Mary completely trusted God; and through their co-operation, God was able to bring His redemptive plan for mankind to its successful completion. May we learn to trust God completely in all situations, and may we ask Him for the grace to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord, and welcome Jesus like Mary and Joseph did.

First reading:  A reading from the prophet Isaiah 7:10-14 
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23(24):1-6
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 1:17 
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:18-24 

Sat 6.00pm: Rita Harrison, WB
Sun 9am Mass: Irene Stone, RIP
11am Mass: Pro Populo
6.00pm – 7.30pm:  Carol Service and Christmas Raffle Draw 

9.30am Mass: Ron Pickering, WB 

No Mass 

6.45pm: Exposition of the Bessed. Sacrament
7.30pm: Dave Saffron, RIP 

9.30am: Liam Williams, RIP
No parish surgery

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: Rosary Prayer Group for the family of Mark and Carol Withams, GB  

4.00pm: Children’s Mass: Pro Populo 
6.00pm: Christmas Vigil Mass: Patrick Grealis, RIP
11.30pm:Parish Carol Service
12.00pm: Midnight Mass: Pro Populo

10.00am Mass: Builders of the Frawley Centre, RIP 

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

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we pray for expectant mothers and ask God to bless them, lighten their physical discomfort and anxiety. We also remember those who are seeking to be pregnant, that God may answer their prayers.

Many thanks for your support last Sunday. We collected the sum of £252.13 and this sum has been remitted to the parish fund. 

This year, with the encouragement of Archbishop Peter, this Parish will be donating the crib offerings to Southwark Crisis Fund. This fund, managed by the Catholic Children’s Society, provides immediate support to those children and families in most need across our diocese.

If you have a Gift Aid number, please use the Christmas offering envelope with your number on it. If you do not have a gift aid number, and at the same time you are a taxpayer, please write down your name and address so that the parish can claim 25% back as gift aid tax return on your donation. Please note that the Christmas offering is your personal Christmas gift to Fr. Cyriacus and not the Parish.

Our Parish Choir will lead us in the Carol Service which will be held on Sunday 18th December from 6-7pm, followed by Christmas Raffle Draw and refreshments in the Parish Hall.

Fr. Cyriacus will be hosting a reception in his house on Christmas Day between 12.00-2.00pm.  This get together is only for parishioners who will be on their own or feeling lonely and wish to drop in for some company on Christmas Day. Please come along and join Fr. for tea, coffee and mince pies. 

Thank you to those parishioners who have handed in their booking form, anyone who hasn’t please can you hand these in ASAP.  If you require a medical declaration form, please find these in the porch at the back of the church.  If you think you may require a VISA for this trip, please double check with the Bosnian Embassy at www.bhembassy.co.uk.  If you ascertain that you do require a VISA please let Alison, the Parish secretary know.

The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in the month of December, will be officially marked on Sunday the 18th of December, 2016. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively. 

The next draw will be held on 18 December after 11am Mass.

The next coffee morning will be held in the Church hall at 10am on Monday 19 December.

We thank those who helped in bringing our sick and housebound parishioners to the last healing Mass. The next Mass of the sick will be on Sunday 27th February 2017 at 3pm.

The Christmas cards are now available for sales at the repository. This is an ideal time to get your Christmas cards. If you wish to give a Christmas card to any of our parishioners, you may place it in the Post Box, which is in the Church Porch. We will empty the Post Box on weekends and place the cards on a table at the back of the Church.  The Parish Outreach Group is organizing our Christmas raffle. The prizes are: 1st: £100; 2nd: £50; 3rd: £25 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers; 4th, 5th & 6th: Christmas Hampers. The draw will take place on December 18th immediately after the Carol Service at 7pm.

Thank you to those who volunteered to serve the Church over the Advent season.  Please see rota on notice board in the porch.

Eucharistic Ministers - The new rotas have been prepared for January to June 2017. There have been NO changes to the teams for Eucharistic Ministers. Readers: There have been a few changes so new team lists are provided along with the diary dates.  Please would all Eucharistic Ministers and Readers collect their information letter which will be left as usual in the porch, enter their duty dates into their diaries, and take responsibility for checking each week in the Mass sheet for any changes, and for arranging cover should they need to be away on duty days. AS ALWAYS THERE ARE COPIES OF ALL ROTAS, TEAMS AND DATES ON DISPLAY IN THE PORCH.

This group is appealing for more members to join them. We need people with IT experience especially those who have technical knowledge on web design. Please put down your names on the list placed in the porch. 

Make 2017 the year you meet new friends, inspire others to act for social justice, and use your skills to help our sisters and brothers working to overcome poverty around the globe. Are you a good communicator who would enjoy speaking in churches? Are you a people-person who would relish involving and encouraging others in your local area? Are you a budding writer who could contribute to our blog and e-news?  Please get in touch with us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 8466 9901 to find out more and book a place on one of our Understanding CAFOD information sessions: 11 January in Bromley, 28 January in Stratford and 4 February in Waterloo.  

The Parish has procured a Table Tennis Board to boost the social activities of the Youth Group. We also invite other parishioners who will like to join this club to put down their names on the list placed in the porch.

Please place food items in the box, which can be found in the porch. 

This meets every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house. 

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, Uche Oligbo and all the Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish.

We remember in our payers: Mary Twomey, Patrick Goode, Joseph Gray, Patrick Birmingham, John Freed, Helen Lobo, Sally Downes, Steven Spiller, Denis Prendergast, Hilary Hebenton, Brian Glancy, Carlo Quintavalle, Emily Hill, Beatrice Mc, Annie Stanton, Connie O’Reilly, Mary Byrne, Margaret Farrell, Gemma Said, Michael Ryan, Winifred Lord, Margaret Forsythe, Paul James Collis, Kathleen Abbott, Martin Morrissey, Martha Herbert, Richard Sandison, John Lavelle, Patrick Donovan, Denis William Turner, Ronald Nixon, Michael Meaney, Mary Cahill, Anthony Ayorinde, Edward Trearty, Jody Luckhurst, Giovanni Regis, Mary Agnes Wough, Llewellyn Madden, James William Raven, Eduardo Seddon and Victoria Emengini Abuah.

Team 3: R Fernandes

J Tarrant and J Loveridge

M Wilson and M Dunleavy

P Howell 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

L Clarke

Team 4: D Byrne

AM Atlay and A Marshall

C Meaney and Chima

M McCammon and W Chung

J P Gallagher, D Philip and D Winter

M Wingfield, M Lyons and M Fernandes

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

E Temenior

Advent, Christmas and New Year schedule

Friday 16th December from 6pm - 6.30pm

Friday 16th December from 6.30-7.30pm

Sunday 11th December at 3pm

Sunday 18th December from 6pm-7pm

Thursday 15th December at 6pm

Children’s Mass: 4.00pm
Christmas Vigil Mass: 6.00pm
Carol Service: 11.30pm (doors open  at 11pm)
Midnight Mass: 12.00 Midnight

Christmas Mass: 10.00am

Vigil Mass: 6.00pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 11.00pm
Midnight Mass: 12.00am Midnight

Mary, Mother of God

Mass: 9.00am
Mass: 11.00am 

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.

Saturday, 17 December 2016 10:46

Bulletin - 11 December2016

Written by Super User

Masses, celebrations, events and info

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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 

“A voice cries in the wilderness; Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight” (Matthew 3:2)

In the Gospel reading, we observe the enthusiasm with which John the Baptist carried out his missionary mandate of preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In no unclear terms, he firmly reminds his people to repent for the kingdom of God is near at hand. 

He reprimands the Pharisees and Sadducees for their hypocrisy, and exhorts them to bear fruit in righteousness in order to avert the wrath of God’s judgement. Similarly, in the First reading, Isaiah prophesies that a Shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse; with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and with the breath of his lips, He shall slay the wicked. 

In his reign, there shall be peace and harmony between deadly foes, for the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion shall co-exist in mutual harmony.

The message of this Second Sunday of Advent is very reassuring in our world today riddled with strife, wars, terrorist attacks, rancour and animosity in our families. If we get ready to welcome Christ in our lives by turning from our old ways of sin, peace will surely reign in our lives. In this Holy Season, may God give us the grace to find peace with ourselves, our families and friends.

First reading:  A reading from the prophet Isaiah 11:1-10 
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 71(72):1-2,7-8,12-13,17
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 15:4-9 
Gaospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 3:1-12 

Diary for the week

Sat 6.00pm: Pro Populo
Sun 9am Mass: Jim Welsh, RIP
11am Mass: Lotanne Okafor, BT
12.45pm: Baptism of Alana Perez

9.30am Mass: Henry de Ville, RIP
10.00am: Novena to St. Anthony of Padua

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm: Alf Angelini, RIP 

9.30am Mass: Sally Downes, RIP
6.00pm – 7.30pm Parish Surgery

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: St. Philomena’s School for the happy repose of Natalie Grace Withams

11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass: Santana, Lucy and Anthony Rodriguez, RIP   
2pm: Baptism of Eliza Clement Juan
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Michael Hickling, RIP

9am Mass: Rosary Group for the Family of Mark and Carol Withams, GB
11am Mass: Louis Sampathraj, RIP 
3.00pm: Children’s Christmas Party

Please do take your own Christmas card at the back of the Church. Details of the major services and times for Christmas and New Year Masses are contained there. The Parish requests you to take a few extra cards and invite your loved ones, friends and neighbours to our Church at this Christmas and New Year celebrations.

There will be training for all the Altar Servers on Saturday December 17th 2016 by 2.00pm at the Parish hall followed by Christmas Party. We appeal to all the parents of our Altar servers to encourage their wards in joining this training programme.  

The second Collection for Christmas flowers comes up on the weekend of 10/11th December 2016. 

The decoration of the Church for the Christmas festivities will start on Friday 9th December at 6.30pm and will be organized by the Youth Group. We appeal for more volunteers to join the Youth Group in giving our Church, a befitting look during this special season.

The Christmas cards are now available for sales at the repository. This is an ideal time to get your Christmas cards. 

We need items for the Christmas hampers. If you are happy to donate anything towards the hampers, please place your items in the boxes provided at the back of the Church.

The Parish Outreach Group is organizing a Christmas raffle draw. The prizes are: 1st: £100; 2nd: £50; 3rd: £25 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers; 4th, 5th & 6th: Christmas Hampers. The draw will take place on December 18th immediately after the Carol Service at 7pm. 

St. Philomena’s School Choir will hold their Carol concert on Thursday 15th December from 6-7pm.  Please come along and join this festive celebration.  Refreshments will be available in the hall

Our Parish Choir will lead us in the Carol Service which will be held on Sunday 18th December from 6-7pm, followed by Christmas Raffle Draw and refreshments in the Parish Hall. 

This group is appealing for more members to join them. We need people with IT experience especially those who have technical knowledge on web design. Please put down your names on the list placed in the porch. 

Our next Holy Communion class will be at 9.30am this Sunday 4th December.  Please ensure all candidates attend.  Children will need to be collected at 10.45am from the Church hall by their parents in time to attend 11am Mass.

You are invited to a screening of the film ‘The Nativity Story’ in the Church Hall at 5pm this Sunday 4th December 2016.  This was the first feature film to premiere at the Vatican.  Please bring your family and friends along to join us.  Light refreshments will be available.  All welcome.

A reminder to all Confirmation Candidates that they should attend the above film viewing instead of class.  Please ensure all candidates attend.

Please ensure your booking form is returned to Alison, the parish secretary in the parish office by Wednesday 7th December.  

Congratulations to our November winner!  A cheque for £50 is on its way to Mr Norman Warner – No. 195.  The next draw will be held on 18 December after 11am Mass.

All the sick and the housebound of this parish will be visited by Fr. Cyriacus before Christmas. We request the Eucharistic ministers who are involved in taking communion to the sick to consult with Fr. Cyriacus in planning this visit.  

The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in the month of December, will be officially marked on Sunday the 18th of December, 2016. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively. 

Please place food items in the box, which can be found in the porch.

The new session of the RCIA programme will be resuming in the nearest future. If you wish to be enrolled in this session, please put down your names with your contact details on the list placed in the porch. 

This meets every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house. 

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, Uche Oligbo  and all the Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish.

We remember in our payers: Mary Twomey, Patrick Goode, Joseph Gray, Patrick Birmingham, John Freed, Helen Lobo, Sally Downes, Steven Spiller, Denis Prendergast, Hilary Hebenton, Brian Glancy, Carlo Quintavalle, Emily Hill, Beatrice Mc, Annie Stanton, Connie O’Reilly, Mary Byrne, Margaret Farrell, Gemma Said, Michael Ryan, Winifred Lord, Margaret Forsythe, Paul James Collis, Kathleen Abbott, Martin Morrissey, Martha Herbert, Richard Sandison, John Lavelle, Patrick Donovan, Denis William Turner, Ronald Nixon, Michael Meaney, Mary Cahill, Anthony Ayorinde, Edward Trearty, Jody Luckhurst, Giovanni Regis, Mary Agnes Wough, Llewellyn Madden, James William Raven and Eduardo Seddon. 

Team 1: F Adewale 

P DSouza and J Loveridge

M Fernandes and F Iorio 

Terry Wickenden and M Withams

H Cherry, D Winter and J Tarrant 

M Armstrong, A Clarke and E North

H Anseline, J Boamah, C D’Soussa, N Akosah, G Greenspan, E Williams and M Alademerin

A Kane 

Team 2: M Wilson

C St John and AM Atlay

M Wingfield and J Fernandes

P O’Halloran and Jennifer Smith

JP Gallagher, D Philip and B Inglis

M Abu, M Lyons and K Wingfield

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

T Akagbosu 

Friday 16th December from 6pm - 6.30pm

Friday 16th December from 6.30-7.30pm

Sunday 11th December at 3pm

Sunday 18th December from 6pm-7pm

Thursday 15th December at 6pm

Children’s Mass: 4.00pm
Christmas Vigil Mass: 6.00pm
Carol Service: 11.30pm (doors open  at 11pm)
Midnight Mass: 12.00 Midnight

Christmas Mass: 10.00am

Vigil Mass: 6.00pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 11.00pm
Midnight Mass: 12.00am Midnight

Mary, Mother of God

Mass: 9.00am
Mass: 11.00am 

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.

Saturday, 26 November 2016 10:46

Bulletin - 21 November 2015

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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.

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SVP Emergency Line: 07833 776573 

“One of the criminals hanging there abused him: “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us as well” (Luke 23:39)

In the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, we celebrate the Kingship, Prophetic and Priestly ministries of Christ.

We especially recognize the universal reign and dominion of Christ, who, unlike earthly rulers, came not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. The Gospel reading today did not portray Christ as that authority figure, that divine sort of person that lords it over all, but rather presents Jesus as a king devoid of the trappings of power, a king who is crucified on the Cross in order to bring freedom and redemption to his subjects.

Thus the fear, splendour, awe, respect and terror often associated with the all-powerful king is undermined by the image of a caring and loving shepherd of His flock. 

Christ is the humble and just ruler; He is the king of heaven and earth, and rules his people with Love and fairness.

Jesus today invites us into a kingdom which will never pass away, a kingdom which is more than a pious hope for the after-life. Hence, through our faith, we are heirs to the throne; a throne of truth and life. May Christ reign in our lives and families, and may His Kingship style enable us to show love and compassion for those in need; and may it also inspire in us humble service in whatever office or position we find ourselves.

First reading:  A reading from the second book of Samuel 5:1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 121(122):1-5
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to Colossians 1:12-20 
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 23:35-43 Sun: Nov. 20: Solemnity of Jesus Christ, The King of the Universe

Sat 6.00pm: Mr and Mrs Chima, SI
Sun 9am Mass: Paulo and Isabel Leopoldo, RIP
11am Mass: Knights of St. Columba in Thanksgiving to God for the 92nd Birthday celebration of Jerome Laurent

9.30am Mass: Jerome Laurent, 92nd Birthday Celebration 

No Mass 

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.45pm: William Forsythe, RIP 

9.30am Mass: William Daly, RIP  
No Parish Surgery

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: Sylma Laurent, RIP 

11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass: Tony Santos, RIP
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Pro Populo 

9am Mass: Maria Abu and Children, TG 
11am Mass: Eileen and Felix Morris, RIP  

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

We regret to announce the death of Baby Natalie Withams. We condole with her parents Mark and Carol, and pray for the happy repose of her soul. The arrangement for her funeral mass will be made known in due course.

This Sunday we will have a second collection for the Catholic Youth Services. This collection will support Youth Work in the Diocese and beyond, especially the Southwark Catholic Youth Services. Please donate generously.

The next study group will be held on Thursday 24th November at 7.45pm. The Theme of our discussion will be on: “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). All those who signed up for this group and any other interested parishioners are welcome to join this Bible Study class.

The next draw, for November, will be after 11am Mass on 27th November.

We held our first confirmation class on Sunday 13th November, we were disappointed to note that only two candidates turned up.  These classes are imperative in preparing children for their Confirmation and it is the responsibility of each parent/carer to ensure their child attends these classes. Our next class is Sunday 27th November at 6-7.30pm, we expect full attendance.

Our next Holy Communion class will be at 9.30am on Sunday 27th November.  Please ensure all candidates attend.  Children will need to be collected at 10.45am from the Church hall by their parents in time to attend 11am Mass.

You are invited to a screening of the film ‘The Nativity Story’ in the Church Hall at 5pm on Sunday 4th December 2016.  This was the first feature film to premiere at the Vatican.  Please bring your family and friends along to join us.  Light refreshments will be available.  All welcome.

The next Mass of the sick will be on Sunday 27th November at 3pm. 

Our Pilgrimage to Medjugorje on 24th May 2017 is almost full.  If you are interested in joining this pilgrimage, please put your name on the list provided in the porch, the last date for joining is this Sunday 20th November.  We have 45 spaces in total – 5 spaces are still available.  

Children will have their Carol service on Thursday 15th December, from 6-7pm

Our Parish Choir will lead us in the Carol Service which comes up on Sunday 18th December from 6-7pm, followed by Christmas Raffle Draw and refreshments in the Parish Hall

All the sick and the housebound of this parish will be visited by Fr. Cyriacus before Christmas. We request the Eucharistic ministers who are involved in taking communion to the sick to consult with Fr. Cyriacus in planning this visit.  

CAFOD have produced a catalogue of “Christmas Giving” gifts, if you are looking to give an unusual and inspirational gift as well as helping CAFOD then please think about using this service.  Catalogues are available in the porch. 

November is the month of Holy Souls. Thus, we remember and pray in a special way for the deceased members of our families, our relatives and friends. Please put the list of the names of the deceased in a special envelope placed at the porch together with your offering and place it in the Holy Souls box. We will place all those names on the Altar and say at least one Mass for those souls everyday in the month of November.

The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in the month of November, will be officially marked this Sunday 20th November, 2016. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively. 

Please place food items in the box, which can be found in the porch.

The new session of the RCIA programme will be resuming in the nearest future. If you wish to be enrolled in this session, please put down your names with your contact details on the list placed in the porch. 

The decoration of the Church for the Christmas festivities will start in the second week in December and will be organized by the Youth Group. We appeal for more volunteers to join the Youth Group in giving our Church, a befitting look during this special season.

The Christmas cards are now available for sales at the repository. This is an ideal time to get your Christmas cards.

We need items for the Christmas hampers. If you are happy to donate anything towards the hampers, please place your items in the boxes provided at the back of the Church from next weekend being October 30th. 

The Parish Outreach Group is organizing a Christmas raffle draw. The prizes are: 1st: £100; 2nd: £50; 3rd: £25 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers; 4th, 5th & 6th: Christmas Hampers. The draw will take place on December 18th immediately after the Carol Service at 7pm. 

Mothers' Prayer Group

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, John & 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 payers: Catherine Morrell, Martin Morrissey, Perry Cook, Derek Barrowclough, Molly Harris, Rita Sally Clifford, Michael McEveney, Elizabeth Jowah, Vera Ekpateta, Harry Stevens, Katherine Doonan, Charles Wenham, Olive Stevens, Robert Mojola Anjorim, Steven Spiller, Errol Cunningham, Michael Hickling, Uju Otuogbodo, William Eyre, Martin Morrissey, Derek Beadle, Michael Esenwah, Margaret Mills, Delia Ball, Eileen Morris, Janet Perera, Michael Hurley, Jerzy (George) Grun,  Joseph Fay, Patricia Hobbs, Peter Howes, George Frisby, Beatrice Knight, Deirdre Boswell, Kay Frances May, Christy Gahan, Antonio Dos Santos, Mary Cannon, William Forsythe, John Rye, Margaret Drysdale, John Dun Der Luit, Lilly Lockhurt, Jonathan Rye, Eddie Hebenhan, Damian Crowley, Mimi Viliesid, Ligory Osuuzu, Monica Okonkwo, Patrick Dunford, Gladys Beard. 

Team 3: R Fernandes

J Tarrant and J Loveridge

M Wilson and M Dunleavy

P Howell 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

T Obende

Team 4: D Byrne

AM Atlay and A Marshall

C Meaney and Chima

M Francis and S Moujalled

JP Gallagher, D Philip and D Winter

M Wingfield, M Lyons and M Fernandes

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

F Obende

Friday 16th December from 6 - 6.30pm 

Friday 16th December from 6.30-7.30pm 

Sunday 11th December at 3pm

Sunday 18th December from 6pm-7pm

Thursday 15th Dec. at 6pm

Children’s Mass: 4.00pm

Christmas Vigil Mass: 6.00pm

Carol Service: 11.30pm (doors open  at 11pm)

Midnight Mass: 12.00 Midnight

Christmas Mass: 10.00am

Vigil Mass: 6.00pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  11.00pm

Midnight Mass: 12.00am Midnight

Mass: 9.30am

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.

Saturday, 12 November 2016 12:28

Bulletin - 4 November 2016

Written by Super User

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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 

But those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry, because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels” (Luke 20:34-36)

The readings of this Sunday remind us of the reality of the resurrection in the Christian life. The First reading chronicles the courage and perseverance of seven brothers, who under the threat of excruciating execution during the persecution of King Antiochus, chose to die because of their belief in God and in the life after death.

The response of the second son is quite remarkable: “You dismiss us from this present life, but the king of the universe will raise us up to everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws” (2 Mac.7:9). In the Second Reading, St. Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to persevere in their faith as the reward of such faithfulness will well up to eternal life. Similarly in the Gospel, Christ confirms the reality of the resurrection in his answer to the Sadducees. The Sadducees disdain the idea of the resurrection because they were rich and wanted to continue enjoying their prosperity through their bloodline. Hence, they confronted Christ with their ridiculous story of an unfortunate woman who had married and then lost seven husbands.

They did not start with the real issue, namely belief in life after death. They were more preoccupied with who will be the legal owner of this woman in the next life. Jesus’ answer was simple and direct: “The children of this world take wives and husbands, but children of the resurrection do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels and they are children of God” (Luke 20:34-36). Each of us has chosen to follow Jesus. Though none of us has seen the resurrected Jesus, we believe that He lives on. We equally believe in our own resurrection because, like Jesus, we know that it is the only context in which God’s way of loving makes sense. Let us remember that Life after death enables the total triumph of love.

There, we shall be empowered to say to each other, indeed, to everyone without exception: I forgive you. I am sorry, profoundly sorry. I love you.

This Sunday's readings

First reading:  A reading from the second book of Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14 
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16(17):1,5-6,8,15
Second reading: A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 20:27-38 

Sat 6.00pm: Pro Populo
Sun 9am Mass: Deceased Members of Jarrold and Timoney families
11am Mass: Michael McEveney, RIP
Confirmation Candidates' Enrolment

9.30am Mass: Baaba Arbuah, GB
10.00am: Novena to St.Anthony of Padua 

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.45pm: Tony Santos, RIP

9.30am  Mass: Silva Jarayam, SR 
6.00pm – 7.00pm Parish Surgery

Fri Nov 11: St. Martin of Tours 

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: Tony Santos, RIP 

11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass:  Tony Santos, RIP
2pm: Baptism of Francesca Louis
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Pro Populo 

9am Mass:William Forsythe, RIP  
11am Mass: Mary Sparrowhawk, 90th Birthday Thanksgiving
1pm: Baptism of Tallulah am=nd Nancy Fitzgerald 

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.

We regret to announce the death of one of our parishioners, William Mark John Daly popularly known as Bill, who died on Tuesday, 18th October, 2016. We condole with his family, especially Linda his wife, and pray for the eternal repose of his soul. His funeral mass will take place at 9.30am on Monday 7th November at Our Lady of the Crays, followed by committal service at Kemnal Park Crematorium at 11am. 

The Induction Mass for our Confirmation candidates will be held at 11am this Sunday 6th November.  

The communication Group will be meeting on Wednesday 9th of November at 8.10pm immediately after the Evening mass at the Parish office.

The next AGM is on Thursday 10th November at 7.30pm.  The main purpose of this meeting is to examine what the parish has achieved over the last calendar months and to discuss possible new ideas over the coming year.  This meeting is very vital as it provides a valuable avenue of feedback for the Parish Priest.

Our Lady of the Crays Holy Communion Programme begins on Sunday 13th November at 9.30am in the Church hall.

This group will be meeting in the Parish office on Monday 14th November at 7pm in the Parish office. We will welcome the new members who signed up to join this group.

There will be second collection next weekend for the Archbishop’s Diocesan Administration Fund. Please donate generously. 

In order to mark the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are proposing to have “A Day with Jesus” on Saturday 19th of November, 2016. We have published flyers to promote this event. Please pick copies for you and your family and feel free to invite your relatives and friends to this celebration. 

The next study group will be held on Thursday 24th November at 7.45pm. The Theme of our discussion will be on: “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). All those who signed up for this group and any other interested parishioners are welcome to join this Bible Study class.

We thank all those who helped in bringing our sick and housebound parishioners to the last healing Mass. The next Mass of the sick will be on Sunday 27th November at 3pm.

You are invited to a screening of the film ‘Nativity Story’ in the Church Hall at 5pm on Sunday 4th December 2016. This was the first feature film to premier at the Vatican. Light refreshments will be available. Please bring your family and friends – All are welcome. 

The Parish is planning a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Croatia on 24th May 2017.  This trip will consist of 7 nights half board guesthouse accommodation, return flights and a full religious programme.  The cost of this will be £499 per person (two sharing a room).  We have managed to secure this cost if we pay by 2 December, the price after this will be £619 pp.  If you are interested in joining this pilgrimage, please put your name on the list provided in the porch, where you will also find a sample of more information. 

November is the month of Holy Souls. Thus, we remember and pray in a special way for the deceased members of our families, our relatives and friends. Please put the list of the names of the deceased in a special envelope placed at the porch together with your offering and place it in the Holy Souls box. We will place all those names on the Altar and say at least one Mass for those souls everyday in the month of November. 

Please put down your name in the list placed at the porch if your birthday falls in November. This list will be displayed at the foot of the altar on all the Sundays in November. The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in the month of November, will be officially marked on Sunday the 20th of November, 2016. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively. 

Please place food items in the box, which can be found in the porch.

The new session of the RCIA programme will be resuming in the nearest future. This group is open to any person who has not been baptized and might like to become a Catholic; anyone who was baptised in another Christian tradition but would like to become a Catholic; it is equally open to any adult who wishes to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. If you wish to be enrolled in this session, please put down your names with your contact details on the list placed in the porch. 

We need items for the Christmas hampers. If you are happy to donate anything towards the hampers, please place your items in the boxes provided at the back of the Church from next weekend being October 30th.  

The Parish Outreach Group is organizing a Christmas raffle draw. The prizes are: 1st: £100; 2nd: £50; 3rd: £25 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers; 4th, 5th & 6th: Christmas Hampers. The draw will take place on December 18th immediately after the Carol Service at 7pm. 

This meets every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house.

Please continue to pray for: Mario Angeli, Alice Welsh, Mary McNally, Eleanor Smith, Alan Lavin, Joan Graham, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, Mary Stanley, John & 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 payers: Catherine Morrell, Martin Morrissey, Perry Cook, Derek Barrowclough, Molly Harris, Rita Sally Clifford, Michael McEveney, Elizabeth Jowah, Vera Ekpateta, Harry Stevens, Katherine Doonan, Charles Wenham, Olive Stevens, Robert Mojola Anjorim, Steven Spiller, Errol Cunningham, Uju Otuogbodo, William Eyre, Martin Morrissey, Derek Beadle, Michael Esenwah, Margaret Mills, Delia Ball, Eileen Morris, Janet Perera, Michael Hurley, Jerzy (George) Grun,  Joseph Fay, Patricia Hobbs, Peter Howes, George Frisby, Beatrice Knight, Deirdre Boswell, Kay Frances May, Christy Gohan, Antonio Dos Santos, Mary Cannon, William Forsythe, John Rye, Margaret Drysdale, John Dun Der Luit, Lilly Lockhurt, Jonathan Rye, Eddie Hebenhan, Damian Crowley, Mimi Viliesid, Ligory Osuuzu, Monica Okonkwo, Patrick Dunford, Gladys Beard.

P DSouza, J Loveridge

M Fernandes, F Iorio

M McEveney, Terry Wickenden

H Cherry, D Winter and J Tarrant

M Armstrong, A Clarke and E North

H Anseline, J Boamah, C D’Soussa, N Akosah, G Greenspan, E Williams and M Alademerin

E Temenior

Team 1: F Adewale

C St John and AM Atlay

M Wingfield, J Fernandes

P O’Halloran, D DSouza

JP Gallagher, D Philip and B Inglis

M Abu, M Lyons and K Wingfield

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

Helen Coker

Team 2: M Wilson

Saturday, 05 November 2016 09:44

Bulletin - 9 October 2016

Written by Super User

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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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Twitter@OurLadyCrays

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 

Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him (Luke 17:15). 

The central theme which runs through all the readings is: that our God is ever faithful and deserves our praise and thanksgiving. In the First reading, the Syrian army commander Naaman was healed of his virulent skin disease, when he conceded to Prophet Elisha’s instruction to immerse himself seven times in river Jordan.

Naaman distinguished himself and showed gratitude as he came back to thank the man of God for this miraculous healing. Similarly, in the Gospel, Jesus extended his healing hands to the ten lepers. Now let us examine the relationship between these lepers and Jesus. They stopped at a distance (Lk.17:13), considering themselves unfit to approach Jesus, and only requested for compassion and sympathy for their hopeless situation. They were probably not expecting Jesus to heal them.

Jesus’ response was ‘go and show yourselves to the high priest’ (Lk17:14). The implication of this response was that they had been healed. This is supported in the book of Leviticus which clearly states: “Anybody cured was to show himself to the high priest for ritual purification” (Lev.14:2-7). Like Naaman, the healing did not take place immediately; Faith was imperative.

Christ did not start dancing in a frenzy or perform some magical incantations as we would expect. Surprisingly, it was only one of them, the Samaritan, who was regarded as a sinner, that came back to thank Jesus. Have we ever considered the need to thank God for the blessings and favours we have received? Let us remember that all we have are thanks to God’s blessings, for without God, we are nothing (John 15:5).

Let us equally note that our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to the glory and greatness of God, but makes us grow in grace and holiness.

Sat 6.00pm: Pro Populo
Sun: 9am Mass: Vincent Dunleavy, RIP
11am Mass: Maya Fila, BT 

9am: Rosary
9.30am Mass: Josephine and Michael Mcgowan, PI 

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7pm: Rosary
7.30pm Mass: Nalini Selvan, TG to St. Joseph 

9am: Rosary
9.30am Mass:  Molly Doherty, PI
6.00pm – 7.30pm Parish Surgery

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: Holy Souls
10am: Rosary

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
1pm: Rosary
2pm: Baptism of Joy and Kenneth Awungjia
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
5.30pm: Rosary
6.00pm Mass: Holy Souls 

8.30pm: Rosary
9am Mass: Pro Populo
10.30am: Rosary 
11am Mass:Josephine Fernandes, RIP
12.15pm: Asian Day Celebration

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   

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Starts at 8.45am on Monday, 
Thursday – Friday; 6.45pm on Wednesday and 11.30am on Saturday.

First reading:  A reading from the second book of the Kings 5:14-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm Psalm 97:1-4
Second reading: A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy 2:8-13
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 17:11-19

The parish encourages all to say the Rosary in your homes or in the Church.  Those who recite the five decades of the Rosary in the Church or as a group of the faithful may gain the plenary indulgence daily.  You are most welcome to join in for Rosary at 9am on Monday & Thursday; at 7pm on Wednesday; at 10am on Friday; at 1pm on Saturday and half an hour before weekend Masses throughout the month of October.

For those who cannot join us in the Church to recite the rosary, you can join the “Chain Rosary”.  This started on 1st October.  We are still encouraged to write down our names, email address and/or phone numbers in the list provided at the porch if you would like to join this prayer network.  Be reminded that each person or family is expected to say the allocated mystery/decade thought the days in October.

November is the month of Holy Souls.  Thus, next month, we remember and pray in a special way for the deceased members of our families, our relatives and friends.  Please put the list of the names of the deceased in a special envelope placed at the porch together with your offering and place it in the Holy Souls box.  We will place all those names on the Altar and say at least one Mass for those souls everyday in the month of November.

The new session of the RCIA programme will be resuming in the nearest future. This group is open to any person who has not been baptised and might like to become a Catholic; anyone who was baptised in another Christian tradition but would like to become a Catholic; it is equally open to any adult who wishes to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. If you wish to be enrolled in this session, please put down your names with your contact details on the list placed in the porch. 

Please place food items in the box, which can be found in the porch.

The Outreach Group donated the sum of £200 to St. Francis Leprosy Guild, which is a part of the proceeds from the sales of the last Christmas raffle tickets. This group is in dire need of more members who will help to make their charitable initiatives more vibrant. Please write your name in the list placed at the porch if you are interested in joining this group. 

The next study group will be held on 20 October at 7.45pm.  The theme of our discussion will be a continuation of the last session and relates to the “Gospel in Genesis”.  

The healing Mass for this month will take place on Sunday 30th October at 3pm. Please be kind enough to help in bringing our sick parents, relatives and friends to join in this mass. 

The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in the month of October, will be officially marked on Sunday the 23rd of October, 2016. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively. Please put down your name in the list placed at the porch if your birthday falls in October. This list will be displayed at the foot of the altar in all the Sundays in October.

Hands on Bolivia project.  Thank you for your response to the appeal last weekend.  Envelopes for the ‘Hands On’ regular giving and single donation envelopes will be collected in the second collection unless already returned to CAFOD.  If you have mislaid or forgotten your envelope, more are available at the back of the church.  Thank you.

Join us this Sunday 9th October for viewing the film 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon', the true story of St Francis of Assisi, a wealthy man eager to fight wars, who God took and turned into an extraordinary saint.  The film will begin at 5pm and lasts roughly two hours.

Our badminton club plays in the Church hall on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm & Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. All are most welcome to come & play, no matter what level of expertise!

On Friday 11th November at 7.30pm, in our Parish hall, do come along and enjoy an evening of friendship and food.  A light main course followed by tasting of many delightful puddings – bring your own drink!  All proceeds go towards ‘A Christmas Wonderland’, provided for disabled children and children from local hospices.  Tickets are £10 each and available from Detta on 01689 826388.

The winners for the months of August and September were: No. 88, Richard McMahon - £50 and No.105, Mark Williams - £50 

We will celebrate Asian Day on Sunday 16th October. To donate food and drink for this day, please complete the forms in the porch at the back of the Church. 

The next Coffee Morning will be on Monday, 24th October after Mass.

Meets every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house.

16th October 2016 

10th November 2016 

Please continue to pray for: Mario Angeli, Alice Welsh, Mary McNally, Eleanor Smith, Alan Lavin, Joan Graham, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, Mary Stanley, John & 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:  Bernadette Cordwell, William Bell, Charlotte Wickenden, Silvester Gomez, Anna Bartels, Beatrice Juliann, Elizabeth Partridge, Josephine Fernandes, Roy Simpson, Frances Cusack, Joseph Jzuyan, William Hayes, Baaba Arbuah, Osuro Ehiosun, Jane Hemming, Peter Akagbosu, Henry Thomas, Henry Twyman, Andrew Parmiter, Margaret Kisman, Joyce Simpson and Gladys Muriel Beard. 

Team 2: M Wilson

C St John and AM Atlay

M Wingfield and J Fernandes

P O Halloran and J Smith

JP Gallagher, D Philip, and B Inglis

M Abu, M Lyons and K Wingfield

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

F Obende

Team 3: R Fernandes

J Tarrant and J Loveridge

M Wilson and M Dunleavy

P Temenior and P Howell

N Abrook, H Cherry and R O’Shea

I Floyd, T Meaney and M Armstrong

A Kane

Saturday, 08 October 2016 10:24

Bulletin - 2 October 2016

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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

The Lord replied “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’, and it would obey you”. (Luke 17:6)

All the three readings of this Sunday focus on faith: the gap between believing and reality, the need to hold on to the faith and finally the urgent desire for an increase of faith. Some of Prophet Habakkuk’s words in our First Reading speak strongly to our shared situation. Feeling helpless in the face of danger, the prophet’s prayer is full of frustration: he is totally devastated that God has not stepped in to stop his people’s anxiety and fear: “How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; outrage, plundering and violence is all I see” (Hab. 1:2-3).

God’s response to Habakkuk’s frustration is really interesting: No matter what happens, do not lose hope; keep on doing the right things and continue to be faithful, “for Anyone whose heart is not upright will succumb, but the upright will live through faithfulness” (Hab.2:4). In response to the Apostles’ demand for increase of faith in the Gospel, Jesus reminds them that their faith is already solid enough to uproot mulberry tree. The text of the original Greek is clear that the sense of the “if” clause does not signal absence, but implies a situation that is already true.

So it simply means “if you have faith and you do”. Recognising this, St. Paul admonishes us in the Second Reading to fan into flame the gift of faith which God has given us. Sometimes life can be very unfair to the point that we doubt the power of God. It could be loneliness, bereavement, sickness, marital crises, challenges at work place and financial difficulties. But in these moments, we need not concentrate on ourselves and our powers; we need to look unto God knowing that the faithful will surely survive these challenging moments.

After all, he promises all through the scriptures to call unto Him in times of troubles and He will be there for us (Psalms 50:15; 91:15; Jer. 33:3, Matt.11:28-30). May God equally give us the grace to develop and solidify our faith in Him.

Sat 6.00pm: Jenny Smith, WB
Sun: 9am Mass: Pro Populo
11am: Mass: Holy Souls

9am: Rosary
9.30am Mass: Deceased Family members of De Souza, Rodrigues and Fernandes
10am: Novena to St. Anthony of Padua

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7pm: Rosary
7.30pm Mass: Idalina Goes, RIP

9am: Rosary
9.30am Mass: Hannah Falvey, RIP
6.00pm – 7.30pm Parish Surgery

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: Thomas and Brigid Flannery, RIP
10am: Rosary

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
1pm: Rosary
2pm: Baptism of Sean Vahdat
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
5.30pm: Rosary
6.00pm Mass: Molly Doherty, PI 

8.30am: Rosary
9am Mass: Vincent Dunleavy, RIP
10.30am:Rosary
11am Mass: Pro Populo

Note

SI means Special Intention 
SR means Speedy Recovery
GB means God’s Blessings
WB means Well-Being
G means Thanksgiving
PI means Private Intentions
BT means Birthday Thanksgiving
WA means Wedding Anniversary 

First reading:  A reading from the prophet Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 94:1-26-9
Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 17:5-10

The parish encourages all to say the Rosary in your homes or in the Church. Those who recite the five decades of the Rosary in the Church or as a group of the faithful may gain the plenary indulgence daily. You are most welcome to join in for Rosary at 9am on (Monday and Thursday); at 7pm on (Wednesday); at 10am on (Friday); at 1pm on (Saturday) and half an hour before weekend Masses throughout the month of October. 

For those who cannot join us in the Church to recite the rosary, you can join in the “Chain Rosary”. We shall start this prayer network on Saturday 1st October 2016. We are still encouraged to write down our names, email address and/or phone numbers in the list provided at the porch if you would like to join in this prayer network. Be reminded that each person or family is expected to say the allocated mystery/decade throughout the days in October.

The Outreach Group donated the sum of £200 to St. Francis Leprosy Guild, which is a part of the proceeds from the sales of the last Christmas raffle tickets. This group is in dire need of more members who will help to make their charitable initiatives more vibrant. Please write your name in the list placed at the porch if you are interested in joining this group. 

This will take place immediately after the 11am mass in the parish hall.

On Sunday 9th October please join us for viewing the film ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’, the true story of St Francis of Assisi, a wealthy man eager to fight wars, who God took and turned into an extraordinary saint.  The film will begin at 5pm and lasts roughly two hours.

The next coffee morning will be on Monday 24th October after Mass.  All welcome.

Please place food items in the box, which can be found in the porch.

November is the month of Holy Souls. Thus, next month, we remember and pray in a special way for the deceased members of our families, our relatives and friends. Please put the list of the names of the deceased in a special envelope placed at the porch together with your offering and place it in the Holy Souls box. We will place all those names on the Altar and say at least one Mass for those souls everyday in the month of November.

The new session of the RCIA programme will be resuming in the nearest future. This group is open to any person who has not been baptized and might like to become a Catholic; anyone who was baptised in another Christian tradition but would like to become a Catholic; it is equally open to any adult who wishes to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. If you wish to be enrolled in this session, please put down your names with your contact details on the list placed in the porch.  

The next study group will be held on 20th October at 7.45pm.  The theme will continue from last week and is the “Gospel in Genesis” 

“In this week we are highlighting people like Mary who has no friends.  Loneliness can be debilitating and very depressing or even worse. There are about one million lonely people aged over 65 in the UK, who have no family to visit them or neighbours who know they are alone. The SVP visits isolated people living in their own homes, care homes or in hospital, spending up to an hour each week with people such as Mary.  Last year our members in England and Wales made half a million visits to isolated, housebound and lonely people such as Mary.  Contact the Parish Office to find out more about the work of the SVP here in Our Lady of the Crays. Following on from last week’s Gospel about Lazarus, here is a prayer from our patronal Saint:- “Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.” St Vincent de Paul

The first national Mass count will be conducted in all the Masses during this weekend. The Mass count will continue in the remaining Sundays in the month of October.

From October 2016, the parish will be celebrating mass for the sick every last Sunday of the month. Please be kind enough to help in bringing our sick parents, relatives and friends to join in this mass.  

The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in the month of October, will be officially marked on Sunday the 23rd of October, 2016. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively. Please put down your name in the list placed at the porch if your birthday falls in October. This list will be displayed at the foot of the altar in all the Sundays in October.

Rosary Group: Monday to Friday at 10am & Saturday 13.00pm
Mothers' Prayer Group: Holds every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house 

Asian Day celebration, 16 October 2016
Parish AGM:  10TH November 2016

We remember in our prayers:  Bernadette Cordwell, William Bell, Charlotte Wickenden, Silvester Gomez, Anna Bartels, Beatrice Juliann, Elizabeth Partridge, Josephine Fernandes, Roy Simpson, Frances Cusack, Joseph Jzuyan, William Hayes, Baaba Arbuah, Osuro Ehiosun, Jane Hemming, Peter Akagbosu, Henry Thomas, Henry Twyman, Andrew Parmiter, Margaret Kisman, Joyce Simpson and Gladys Muriel Beard.  

Please continue to pray for: Mario Angeli, Alice Welsh, Mary McNally, Eleanor Smith, Alan Lavin, Joan Graham, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, Mary Stanley, John & Anne Betts, Janet Sinclair, Peggy Colman, Frances Hill, John Cafferkey, Marya Misajat, Shelia Santos, Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish.

Team 1: F Adewale

P Dsouza and J Loveridge

 M Fernandes andF Iorio

Terry Wickenden and M Withams

J P Gallagher, D Phillip and B Inglis

M Armstrong, A Clarke and  E North

H Anseline, J Boamah,C D’Soussa, N Akosah, G Greenspan, E Williams and M Alademerin

T Obende

Team 2: M Wilson

C St John and AM Atlay

M Wingfield and J Fernandes

P O’Halloran and  J Smith

H Cherry, D Winter and J Tarrant

M Abu, M Lyons and K Wingfield

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

F Obende 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Starts at 8.45am on Monday, Thursday – Friday; 6.45pm on Wednesday and 11.30am on Saturday 

Saturday, 01 October 2016 11:17

Bulletin - 25 September 2016

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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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Twitter@OurLadyCrays

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

Abraham said, “My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus had his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. (Luke 16:25)

The readings of this Sunday are consistent with Last Sunday’s parable, where Christ warned against the dangers of undue attachment to materialism. Most importantly, these readings give us insight into eschatological realities – the theology of the end-time or the last things – which concerns death, judgment and reward (Heaven or hell). 

We are reassured about the final damnation of the unjust and the triumph and the comfort of the poor and just. In the First reading, prophet Amos continues his denunciation of the rich and influential people of the society, who oppress the weak and the poor. Amos challenges the rich, who have become obsessed with their comfortable lifestyle and have distanced themselves from the plight of the poor. 

Similarly in the Gospel, Jesus uses the narrative of the rich man and Lazarus to highlight the insensitivity of the rich to the situation around them. It shows how wealth can keep us isolated and even contemptuous of the poor and needy who might be right outside our door. Why did the rich man end up in hell? After all, we are not told he acquired his wealth by foul means. We are not told that Lazarus begged from him and he refused to help. Moreover, he did not forcefully eject Lazarus from his house. 

The sin of the rich man was that he did nothing; he was guilty of the sin of omission. He was caught up in his rich and comfortable lifestyle that he couldn’t care less about what happens just right outside his gate. Let us remark that being poor or rich is not the main point of the parable. Poor people, who spend their lives in bitterness and envy, refusing to believe and trust in God, may yet again end up in hell.

Rich people who use their wealth to serve God in their fellow human beings will enjoy the heavenly bliss or hell if they are insensitive to the plight of the poor, the needy and less privileged. Jesus tells us today to reflect once again on our consumption to see whether it is moderate or gone out of control. He reminds us to reflect on whether we are sufficiently sensitive to the needs of those around us who are suffering in any way. Remember that whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do it unto me (Matt. 25:40).

Sat 6.00pm: Irene Williams, WB
Sun: 9am Mass: Norah Fahey, RIP

9.30am: Mass: Theresa, Leo and Edwin Jones

No Mass

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Jean & Dennis Corr, 50 years Wedding Anniversary

9.30am Mass: Octaviano Goes, RIP
6.00pm – 7.30pm Parish Surgery

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

11am Mass: Pro Populo

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
2pm: Baptism of Lucy Mai Kong
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Jenny Smith, WB 

9am Mass: Pro Populo 
11am Mass: Holy Souls

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. 

This Sunday's readings

First reading:  A reading from the book of Amos 6:1,4-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:7-10
Response: My soul, give praise to the Lord.
Second reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Timothy 6:11-16
Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 16:19-31

As part of the October Devotion, the parish is organising a “Chain Rosary”. We are encouraged to write down our names, email address and/or phone numbers in the list provided at the porch. A particular mystery and a decade of the Rosary will be assigned to each person, which they will say throughout the month of October.

The new session of the RCIA programme will be resuming in the nearest future. If you wish to be enrolled in this session, please put down your names with your contact details on the list placed in the porch. 

Our next Bible study will take place on Thursday, 29th September at 7.45pm in the Hall. The theme is the “Gospel in Genesis” and is based on the principle that the Old Testament foreshadows the New and the New Testament reveals the Old. Tea and coffee will be served from 7.45pm and the class commences at 8.00pm. Come and join in sharing the Word of Life 

The first national Mass count will be on Sunday 2nd October, 2016. The mass count will continue in all the Sundays in the month of October.

From October 2016, the parish will be celebrating Mass for the sick every last Sunday of the month. Please be kind enough to help in bringing our sick parents, relatives and friends to join in this mass. 

The birthday celebration of our parishioners, who are born in the month of October, will be officially marked on Sunday the 23rd of October, 2016. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively. Please put down your name in the list placed at the porch if your birthday falls in October. This list will be displayed at the foot of the altar in all the Sundays in October.

On the 24th September we shall be celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham and on this weekend the Bishops have asked all parishes to have a second collection to help in the developments of England’s National Shrine to Our Lady at Walsingham. The Shrine will upgrade existing buildings and build new facilities, to help serve the increasing numbers of pilgrims, who continue to walk in the Walsingham Way, since the shrine was established in 1061. Thank you for your generosity.

Stagelight, a series of performance workshops for young people aged 14-20yrs is a wonderful opportunity for young people to become involved with all areas of performance, such as acting and singing and to take part in a show at the end of the programme. The first workshop begins next Wednesday 28th September from 7.45-9.45pm in the Holy Innocents Junior School Scout Hut. For more information on ‘Stagelight’ or to register a place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07952 462997. 

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their subscription to the 200 club. If you have not renewed we would be grateful if you would do so. If you are not a member there are a number of vacancies. Blank forms to join are in the porch. This is a great way of supporting the church with good prizes. There are 10 prizes of £50, one of £250 and one of £500 all for the cost of only £13 per year.

September is SVP awareness month and the theme this year is "Who Cares?".  In this week we are concentrating on Joe who is Sick. People fall sick for all kinds of reasons and end up in hospital or at outpatient clinics, often on their own with few or even NO VISITORS.  The SVP visits and often takes the Blessed Sacrament to those who are sick and housebound.  It provides practical and emotional support to the vulnerable, assisting hospital and doctor appointments. In fact last year 9,000 members in England & Wales also provided material assistance on more than 104,000 occasions and last year our members in England & Wales visited 14,000 people in hospital.  Of course you care to offer an hour a month. Please help us in our work.

Jo Loveridge completed her charity bike ride and cycled 250 miles along the Wild Atlantic Way, in County Donegal, climbing 13,500 feet (half the height of Mount Everest!). The wind, rain, terrain and pain were all made bearable by the stunning scenery, camaraderie and worthy cause. If you would like to make a donation please visit the link below or add you name to the list at the back of the church. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PedallingPussies 

On Sunday 9th October please join us for viewing the film 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon', the true story of St Francis of Assisi,  a wealthy man eager to fight wars, who God took and turned into an extraordinary saint.  The film will begin at 5pm and lasts roughly two hours.

We will celebrate Asian Day on Sunday 16th October. To donate food and drink for this day, please complete the forms in the porch at the back of the Church. The next meeting to discuss Asian day is Sunday 25th September after 11.00am Mass.  

Please continue to pray for: Mario Angeli, Alice Welsh, Mary McNally, Eleanor Smith, Alan Lavin, Joan Graham, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, Mary Stanley, John & 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.

Alice Dunne, Paddy Herbert, Sheila O’Connor, Adewale Adams, Elsie Unger, Eugenia Marshall, James Drysdale, James Silo, Eileen Morris, Raul Joyce, Rose Chattell, Michael Wingfield, Gazi Ahmet, Teresa Downes, Patrick Daly, Merlyn Morris, Dennis Morris, Irene Howlett, Art Sheridan, Maurice Casey, Maria Ellerby, Giovanni Ferrigan, Alfred Mandy, Patrick Dunne, Kkelu Nwafox, Amelia Cansdale, John Jagger, Maria Quintavalle, Bridget Whelan, Octaviana Gaei, Grace Le Fleur, James Fordham, Sissy Dabin, Madge Trinder, Mary Rose Wilkins, Maurice Quirk and Margaret Keeling.

Rosary Group: Monday, Thursday and Friday at 10am and Saturday 13.00pm.
Mothers' Prayer Group:  Holds every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house.
Asian Day Celebration: 16th October 2016
Parish AGM: 10th November 2016

Team 4: D Byrne

AM Atlay and A Marshall

JP Gallagher, D Philip and D Winter

M Francis and S Moujalled

JP Gallagher, D Philip and D Winter

M Wingfield, M Lyons and M Fernandes

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

H Coker

Team 1: F Adewale 

P DSouza and J Loveridge

M Fernandes and F Iorio

Terry Wickenden and M Withams

H Cherry, D Winter and & J Tarrant

M Armstrong, A Clarke and E North

H Anseline, J Boamah, C D’Soussa, N Akosah, G Greenspan, E Williams and M Alademerin

T Obende

Friday, 22 July 2016 17:22

Bulletin - 17 July 2016

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Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.ourladyofthecrays.com

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.

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Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’ (Luke 10:41-42)

The choices we make determine our relationship with God. Today’s gospel presents us with the choices made by two sisters: Martha was busy with the “work of the Lord”, while Mary was more attracted to knowing the “Lord of the work”. For Mary, personal relationship with Christ comes first; Martha was so consumed with the work of the Lord that she forgot the greater option of forging a union with Christ.

Let us remark that both choices were good in themselves, but Mary made the first-best choice as clearly stated in Christ’s response to Martha’s request: “ It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her” (Luke 10:42).

Thus, the choices made by Mary and Martha are not contradictory but complimentary; one comes first before the other. Christ challenges us today to get our priorities right and reminds us that fellowship with the Lord, being with the Lord and hearing his word should always precede religious devotion and the works we do for the Lord.

Hence, we cannot claim to love God by simply observing religious obligations without having time to be with the Lord in quiet moments of reflection. May God give us the grace to know and love Him personally, and may our knowledge of God be reflected in our service to Him and our fellow human beings.

9am Mass: Vincent Nwaoloko, RIP
11am Mass: Pro Populo

9.30am Mass: Ella Lewis, RIP

No Mass

6.45pm:Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Santana Rodrigues, RIP
7.45pm: Bible Study

9.30am Mass: Benson Adelaja, RIP
6.00pm – 7.10pm Parish Surgery
7.30pm: Meeting with Co-ordinators of Children’s Liturgy

9.00: Novena to Divine Mercy
9.30am: Thanksgiving for 54th Wedding Anniversary

6.45am: Depart for Walsingham
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Pro Populo

9am Mass: Delia Prendergast, RIP
11am Mass: Kurien Joseph, RIP
1pm: Baptism of Noah Siborurema

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

First reading: Genesis 18:10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 14:2-5
Second reading: Colossians 1:24-28
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42

We express our sincere gratitude to all those who made this day memorable. May God replenish your purses and continue to open the doors of mercy and blessings in your lives.

Fr. Cyriacus will be on annual leave for the month of August. It is advisable to send your mass intentions for the month of August to him as soon as you can. It is also advisable to get your school forms signed before the end of July.

Please hand in your mass offering envelopes to Fr. Cyriacus or place them in the parish letterbox and not in the offering bags. You can also give them to our Sacristan Anne or Gerry.

From October 2016, the parish will be celebrating Mass for the sick every last Sunday of the month. Please be kind enough to help in bringing our sick parents, relatives and friends to join in this Mass.

We shall be starting the Latin Mass, where the major parts of the Mass will be said in Latin. This Mass will be said every first Sunday of the month and we shall be starting on the first Sunday of October.

The birthday celebration of our parishioners will be officially marked on the third Sunday of each month starting from October. Cutting of birthday cake and light refreshment will follow in the parish hall after 9am and 11am Masses respectively.

There will be a meeting this Thursday 21st July at 7.30pm in the hall to discuss the children’s liturgy classes. Please think about if you could help in this role and if so, please come along to find out more information. Parishioners whom have already volunteered, we look forward to seeing you there.

We are appealing for volunteers who will serve as traffic marshals for the parish. They will help in co-ordinating parking especially on days when we have major events in the Church.

The next free legal aid consultation will be held on Sunday 7th August after 11am Mass. Please put your name on the list in the porch.

The next Bible class will be held on Wednesday 20th July at 7.45pm in the Parish Hall. The theme of our discussion will be on the gospel of St John:15:16.

The 200 Club is being re-launched in August. Members pay £13 each year and are allocated a membership number. Each member's number is entered into a monthly draw to win a cash prize. For 10 months of the year, the prize is £50, but, in January, the prize is £250 and, in July, the prize is £500. Renewal forms for existing members are available at the back of the Church as well as forms for new members.

The Parish day pilgrimage to Our Lady’s National Shrine in Walsingham, Norfolk will take place next Saturday 23rd July. This trip is now fully booked. Will all attendees please collect the timetable for the day from the porch. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time for departure at 06.45am.

The Parish still needs a volunteer to become the co-ordinator of RCIA. Please speak to Fr. Cyriacus if you are interested in this role.

We happily congratulate all the students who have finished their exams and completed another academic year. We wish them and all our parishioners a good summer holiday. For those who will be travelling locally or overseas for their holidays, be rest assured of our prayers for God’s guidance and protection.

  • Parish Day Celebration: 11th September 2016
  • Asian Day Celebration: 16th October 2016
  • Parish Annual General Meeting: 23rd October 2016

If you are a visitor or new to the Parish, 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.

Miriam Kamya, Elizabeth Adams, Ellen Parsons, Cedric Hannah, Mary Ellen Grealis, Alice Pritchard, Patrick Groves, Mary Waddingham, Jim Downes, Marie Celeste Baker, Eileen Dwane, Bernard Cusack, Dominic Fernandes, Hilda Abbott, Kathleen O’Brien, Harry Downes, Thomas Anderson, Patricia Shannon, Abosede Shoyombo, Elliot Drudu, Joseph Alagba, Abosede Mann, Eileen Telsin, Appollonia Isiofin, Frank John Trebisoni, Ifunanya Calista, Ebere Mere, Dolande Bourher, Attina Rogers, Colin Netherrot, Lucy Mruajog-wa, Arla Izale, Benson Adelaja, Annie Dirgal and Nicholas Ifebajo.

Team 3: R Fernandes

J Tarrant and J Loveridge

M Wilson and M Dunleavy

P Howell and M Aladermerin

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, Tony Wickenden and N Akosah

Theresa Akagbosu,

AM Atlay and A Marshall

M or J Fernandes and Chima

M Francis and S Moujalled

JP Gallagher, D Philip and D Winter

M Wingfield, M Lyons and M Fernandes

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

Lilian Clarke

Team 4: D Byrne

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